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Rolzup17 Apr 2021 5:46 a.m. PST

I have an old bottle of paint that has seen a LOT of use: Ral Partha 77-077 Gray. It's a very nice shade, and I use it as frequent basecoat because it covers so well. There's not a whole lot of it left, though…and what does remain is getting really thick.

I'm sure that I can't find an exact match, but I'd like to get as close as possible. Can anyone think of a good substitute? Forgive the hugeness of this, but it gives the best view of the shade.

The popsicle stick at the bottom has three stripes, to provide some contrast: Liquitex Titanium White | [B]Ral Partha Gray[/B] | Model Masters Light Gray The photo was taken under the "Natural Light" setting of my desk lamp, so the colors should be fairly accurate.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian17 Apr 2021 5:55 a.m. PST

Try some of the Applebarrel paints. Cheap enough and readily available in Craft stores.

John the OFM17 Apr 2021 6:28 a.m. PST

Looks like Americana or Ceramcote Dolphin Grey.

tigrifsgt17 Apr 2021 7:07 a.m. PST

Ceramcote has so many greys, I'm sure that one of them would be a close match. I have five greys from them that I use on my ACW figures, and there are more.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2021 7:11 a.m. PST

I found a,new version of the RP Grey but it is darker than the original color. I've been adding white to the paint bottle but still haven't quite hit the right color. This was such a great color because it was a perfect undercoat for white because the color difference wasn't too stark.

I will give Dolphin Grey a try.

KeepYourPowderDry17 Apr 2021 8:32 a.m. PST

Very similar to Coat d'Arms horse tone grey

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2021 1:03 p.m. PST

Paint a white primed small piece of wood with your paint and take it to Home Depot. They can duplicate it almost exactly. You can get a small sample size of a half paint for about what you would pay for any GW paints.

I have duplicated old Ral Partha and Heritage paints and you cant tell the difference.


Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2021 5:52 p.m. PST

The color as shown on my monitor does not match Ceramcoat Dolphin Grey; Dolphin Grey looks closer to the Model Masters Light Gray as shown on my monitor. Now caveat emptor – colors as displayed on my monitor seldom match the colors that my printer spits out. That Ral Partha paint definitely has a bluish tone on my monitor that doesn't match any of the following 3 Ceramcoat paints I held next to it for comparison: Quaker Grey, Country Grey, and Dolphin Grey. I thought maybe the Model Master Light Ghost Grey paint would match, but it is not bluish enough. Model Master Medium Grey has the right bluish tint, but is somewhere in between the two greys you show in its darkness. Trying to match on old paint is a PITA.

Re: Home Depot, I do as KimRYoung suggested for the grass green I use on bases. But I have found that each time I do it, the mixture turns out to be slightly off from the previous and the color is slightly off, even though I use the same painted piece of wood each time. I've asked the clerks to follow the mixture shown on the lid, but keep being told they can't use it as the color IDs keep changing. Not sure I believe that.

Good luck finding a match.

bjporter18 Apr 2021 7:23 a.m. PST

I've had pretty good luck with the Home Depot color matching on old out of production paints. The small sample container will probably last me forever as much as I use those colors.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2021 2:38 a.m. PST

Ral Partha Legacy carries Ral Partha paint and has been selling it at shows they attend. They have a website and you could contact Jacob who runs it about the paint.



John the OFM22 Apr 2021 2:44 p.m. PST

Try Apple Barrel Country Grey.

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