This came from the message board of the FJ reenactment Yahoo group. It is about a very cheap spray paint that matches the German WW2 ordinance tan color and I thought I would pass it along.
I recently restored an original parachute transport can and an original backpack food carrying can -- both were solid but covered in surface rust. I removed the rust w/ a neighbor's sand blaster, primed them both, and spray painted them using some spray paint I stumbled onto at Walmart: Krylon Indoor/Outdoor (gloss) Saddle Tan, color #53554. I was *very* happy with the way it came out, and will provide a photo file titled "Ordnance Tan" in the photos section so you can see for yourself. I have it sitting next to 3 other cans, and it's darn near identical to all of them. I was worried about the 'gloss' label, but after it dried, I don't think it's any glossier than the originals.
The price is about $3 a can versus the $15 that 1944 Militaria sells for a can of spray that is the same color
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Posted on: Jul. 23 2009,20:41
Great tip. There were huge variations in the colors of paint issued. If it's in the ballpark, use it; there were a war on and they had more important things to worry about Anybody announcing that there is "one correct" color for anything is a fucking idiot.