Vesicant Paint Source

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Vesicant Paint Source

Post by WC56nut » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:44 pm

Does anyone have a source for the gas-detection vesicant paint used on some WWII era Jeeps, trucks, etc. prior to the Normandy invasion? I've been told that some of the small cans still exist as surplus. Or how about some ideas for a substitute? Thanks!
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Anti Vesicant paint

Post by Derek Eddlestone » Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:39 am

Mike,

Like a lot of other things, these tins of paint were available by the boxfull at one time but I haven't noticed any for sale lately. This is your target though and this is the true colour of the anti vesicant paint:-


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These tins are dated 1942.

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Post by WC56nut » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:45 am

Thanks Derek! I should at least be able to do a match.
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veasicant

Post by heath » Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:55 am

this looks a lot like the paint on the cowl of my unrestored GPW body, could this be so
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Post by iowa » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:41 am

could s.o. direct me to a thread
that explains the usage of this paint?
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Post by Derek Eddlestone » Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:31 am

Dave,

The Allied forces were concerned that a desperate Wermacht would resort to the use of poison gas to halt the advance, and issued this paint so that a prominent area of a vehicle could be coloured with this. On contact with a poison gas (Chlorine, Hydrogen Sulphide to name a couple) the paint would change from green to red/brown and warn the people in the vehicle. Some troops were issued with a paper/material device that was impregnated with a vesicant detector. This was designed to be worn on the upper sleeve of the jacket.

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Post by Greg Hines » Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:31 am

I picked up one of these tins off of Ebay earlier this year. I think the seller (sorry I can't recall his name) still has some, at least I saw a tin listed about a month ago.

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Post by petesilfven » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:09 pm

Vesicant gases used at the time were either Nitrogen Mustard or Lewisite, both of which would cause burns and blistering, and in high concentrations, blindness and death.
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Post by Derek Eddlestone » Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:14 am

Paul,

This is a pocket sized card that was carried for immeadiate info. Note the top line of the card under the heading 'How to detect'. The other page is from a book on Chem Warfare that I've got on the shelf. Note the date. The US was obviously thinking along the lines of gas being used as it had been by both sides some twenty four years earlier.
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