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Old 11-03-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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if I wanted to paint a old steel amy helmet navy battleship grey would standard grey primer be similiar to the flat grey paint used by the US Navy for maintenance? or would they have used a semi gloss grey paint?
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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The navy used many different shades over the years, but in your case, do not use standard primer without a good topcoat, or use epoxy primer. Standard rattle-can automotive primer is actually not waterproof. It need to be top coated or will
rust through it. Many model sites sell the correct paints for memorabilia. I would use Krylon primer, followed by their clear Satin Finish.


US Navy Warship World War II Color Table
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:52 AM
 
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https://www.google.com/search?q=Batt...Q&ved=0CEQQsAQ

https://www.google.com/search?q=colo...w&ved=0CB0QsAQ

The first one is paint named Battleship Gray
The second is photos of steel army helmets showing the color they are/were
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:09 PM
 
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I'll probably use something like Rustoleum spray paints, I want something thats durable and can take the weather and outdoor exposure like the originals

I tried model paints before and notice they cant take harsh weather or high humidity, the paint starts to peel or chip off easily since it's more for decorative use

I plan to weather or try to age the helmet so it doesnt look like it just got painted last week
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