Repainting Old Machines / Color Suggestions? / Paint Type?


My home machines are old and are painted 'Battleship Gray' (Delta). I'm thinking of painting them to freshen up the environment, but no matter what color I think of, somehow it seems inappropriate for the machines. Any suggestions about colors that would seem right? They are going to be housed in a new wood shed. I'm hoping to make it clean and fresh, but not tootsie-frootsie.
Also, any suggestions about paint type? Epoxy?
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Dr. Fu Man Chu wrote:

I vote for yaller. Epoxy.
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Gerald Ross
Cochran, GA
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I've used the "hammered" spray paint to good effect.
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Only color for tools is yellow. We all know that here. Epoxy would be good, but a good enamel should do.
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wrote:

Two schools of thought there. 1) Keep the colors correct relative to the original paint scheme, thus preserving the historical integrity of the tools (you did say they were old).
2) Pick a color that makes *you* happy. If you don't intend to sell the equipment to someone who is a collector, then take your pick. Maybe select one of the "newer* Delta colors, something like the 1990's muted blue color might get you the lift in color you are looking for pushing you into the "tuiti-fruiti" realm. Another idea would be to browse some industrial equipment web sites (maybe Zero or other companies that make test equipment racks). You might find something there that is fresh, yet not gaudy.

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wrote: Correction appended below, error changed the whole meaning of the comment.

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Stick with the gray. Works for the navy.

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Someone already mentioned this but I very much like Rustoleum Hammered dark Gray finish in spray can. It really gives a nice look and looks professional, in my opinion.
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I use Rustoleum. It's very good paint for metal. I recommend Rustoleum gray primer. Color is a personal preference. I prefer muted colors.
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I've used Rustoleum Hard Hat with good results. On bare metal I use the Hard Hat zinc rich cold galvanize followed by Hard Hat metal finish. Looks great and so far (about 2 years) has held up beautifully outdoors. Good luck...... Aloha... Craig

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