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Looking for paint info

Post by BigBlock » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:05 am

Where is the best source of paint information for the Mite?
I am looking for paint color codes and sources, amd any painting reference manuals.

I saw a reference to "TM 9-2851 Painting Instructions for Field Use", but I have not been able to find a copy to see what it actually covers...

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Re: Looking for paint info

Post by Jim Sanders » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:54 am

My best info is that all the mites were semi-gloss Marine Corps 1960's era Forest Green. Rapco near Ft. Worth sells the paint in gallons and in rattle cans. I stripped mine down to bare aluminum, primed with zinc chromate and painted it with Rapco's paint. This matched what original paint areas I could find on it.
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Re: Looking for paint info

Post by rob w » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:34 am

Steve,

There is a manual that has some info.

"Painting and Registration Marking of Marine Corps Tactical and Combat Equipment" MCO P4750.3 Avaialble from portrayal press.

Regarding Marine corp green:

Semigloss Enamel= FSN 8010-526-1609 (before change 2 it was 1069)

Lusterless Enamel = FSN 8010-526-1612

There is a note below that says:

NOTE: Marine Corps green gloss enamel with not be used on tactical and combat equipment. (I'm not sure which gloss they are talking about, because there is no "gloss" listed in this manual.

However there is a note that also goes on to describe the lusterless enamel as: primarily used as an exterior camouflage finish coat over primed metal.



Regarding Marking Yellow semi gloss yellow =color # 23538, Fed Std # 595
lusterless yellow =color 33538, Fed Std # 595

semi gloss markings with semi gloss paint and lusterless with lusterless paint.


Has all the paint codes and fed stock #'s for Marine corps green, both lusterless and semi-gloss, as well as the yellow. There are also two diagrams of the mite passenger side and a rear view which show the approximate location of the USMC #s they are very basic diagrams.... none of the "lift here", pintle, tire pressure or other information is depicted.

As Jim mentions, the Rapco semi gloss is the commonly accepted paint for the mite, although I have been a little disappointed in some of Rapco's flavors being much of a perfect match to historical U.S. military paints in both shade and sheen. I have NOS mite parts that have a slight sheen to them, but if that is how mites are to be painted, what is the purpose of the lusterless?..... maybe someone can shed some light on that :) I have seen docs from other branches that say combat equipment is to be lusterless. (any kind of sheen being bad)

I Hope that helps....

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Re: Looking for paint info

Post by Bill H. » Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:38 am

The way I've heard this go is the lusterless was the preferred finish for "in country" combat zones however there were no steps taken to see to it that is what happened. From what I have been able to gather they left the factory in a semi gloss (or satin) finish and some were repainted to the lusterless but most were not. It really wouldn't have mattered much whether they were semi or lusterless because the rain would have made them all look glossy anyway. 8)

There are a number of Vietnam photos out there that clearly show "in country" Mites in a semi gloss finish. All of the non-exposed areas on my Mite were semi gloss. Rapco's paint color and sheen seem to be very close.
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Re: Looking for paint info

Post by Jim Sanders » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:05 pm

I can't speak to all of the Mites, but the ones I drove and saw during 13 months in sunny South Vietnam were most assuredly semi-gloss. I never saw a vehicle repainted the whole time I was there (except spots to cover up previous owner's tac-marks when vehicles were "acquired").
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