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05-03-2012, 10:07 AM
I have a 1943 GPW and I want to paint it in Navy gray colors. Does anyone have a paint code for the appropriate shade of gray ?

05-03-2012, 11:18 AM
I found this post on the G503.com Forum (http://www.g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=119595)

All U.S. Navy domestic transportation vehicles shall be painted medium gray #123.

How marked. - Lettering and numbers shall preferably be applied by Decalcomania transfers, otherwise with paint. Color of markings shall be black. Interesting to note medium gray #123 is as set forth in Color Card Supplement (21 April 1943) of U.S. Army Specification No. 3-1. It is gloss color synthetic enamel and the detail specifications are covered in U.S. Army Specification No. 3-175A, 5 February 1944. Paint is grade II due to the critical supply of certain ingredients.The Navy Preventative Maintenance program, NAVEXOS P 65 discusses undercoating on page 30. Basically, it suggests sandblasting/cleaning the running gear and under fender surfaces in localities with very extreme corrosion conditions and spraying the under surfaces with an asphalt emulsion. So, it appears that for the Navy, the undercoating was done at the local level.

There were also lots of overseas Navy jeeps painted one gray (grey) or another.

05-03-2012, 06:41 PM
Thanks Amy. I will see if we can translate that to something here locally for our paint supplier.

05-08-2012, 09:15 AM
I contacted the owner of the Navy Jeep in this post on our blog (http://blog.kaiserwillys.com/restore-the-navy-jeep-for-him) and asked him if he would mind sharing the paint code for his restoration - He said he used the Navy gray gloss paint GCI#16081 (Gillespie). Hope this helps!