Haze Gray (color number 26270, per MIL-STD-595) is a Silicone
Alkyd Semi-gloss Enamel, in accordance with MIL-PRF-24635.
The following web site gives a good summary of the paint's history in
Naval use: <http://www.corrosionchronicle.com/limeart_4.asp>
Our firm has used Haze Gray enamel paint, usually in conjunction with a
zinc chromate primer, on many military contracts. Niles Chemical Paint
Company, Niles, MI, (616) 683-3377, makes most of the Haze Gray we (and
our painting subcontractor) use. A good distributor for small
quantities is Creative Coatings in Michigan. They can be found at:
Whether it's appropriate for towers is a question I cannot answer.
Just remember, Mil-Spec paints are NOT inexpensive in small quantities.
> Take a sample, possibly from a model maker, to a paint store and ask
> them to match the color in a suitable exterior paint.
> 73 de WOØW
> Eric Rosenberg wrote:
>> Over the holidays, my family and I went to Norfolk, VA, where we
>> visited the battleship USS Wisconsin, now on display at Nauticus
>> (highly recommended!).
>> As you leave the battleship, there is a sign describing the ship's
>> paint scheme and color. The sign refers to the color as HAZE GRAY
>> 5-H, which is described as the best, non-obtrusive color against the
>> sea and/or sky.
>> I've done some checking, but can't seem to find any description (mil
>> spec?) or availability of this color other than in very small
>> quantities by model makers. Sounds like it may be the best for
>> painting an antenna or (in my case) roof tower.
>> Can anyone provide more detail?
>> Thanks in advance & 73,
>> Eric W3DQ
>> Washington, DC