Monster Colours Paint
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- Last updated: 09/12/2016
I’m a big fan of custom paintjobs on gear and airsoft replicas, as many elite units out there regularly spray their kit to give a complete camouflage solution for any environment; it’s all very well to have the best camo uniforms that are available if your helmet or rifle stands out like a big blob of solid colour!
There are now lots of companies that offer a basic range of tan, green, brown and black paints but up until now I’ve not come across one that really provides a full spectrum of colours, so that you can really get the tonality right on any given project. I’ve recently put together a set of kit in RAL7013, or Brown Grey and wanted to ensure that my helmet matched the clothing and gear as closely as possible.
In 1927 the German Reichs-Ausschuß für Lieferbedingungen und Gütesicherung (State Commission for Delivery Terms and Quality Assurance) invented a collection of standardised and numerically referenced colours, which has been continually expanded from that day on. If you check out www.ralcolorchart.com and search for RAL 7013 you’ll find it in the ‘Grey’ palette. RAL provides a colour standard for all manufacturers to adhere to, so I jumped online to search out spray paints under that standard, and almost immediately came across www.monstercolors.com who offer and entire range of ‘Army’ paints from a company called Fosco Industries. I ordered my 400ml can in at a cost of £8.95 plus VAT via their online shop, which gave me free shipping, and within three days exactly what I needed was in my hands!
After thoroughly cleaning my helmet I took it outside and placed it on the spray table; sometimes I’ve found so-called ‘military’ spray paints to be quite thin, which means that you have to be very careful and deliberate in application to avoid runs and drips. The Fosco paint though went on smoothly and easily, and only two coats were needed to obtain an even matte finish. Although the paint is a little more expensive than some of its competitors it really is very, very good, and should you be embarking on a custom paint job of your own, then I would really give the Fosco Industries products your full consideration!
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