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Wednesday - June 15, 2011 01:13:56 PM
Cap Matches Color Presents | Color Theory Blog
Color Theory
Compiled by Meal, CMC | 100% Vintage Spray Paint

L-R: Rust-Oleum Speedy Dry Lime, Utilac Parrot Green, Plasti-kote Odds
'n' Ends Parrot Green, Spruce Parrot Green, Krylon Jungle Green,
Belton Deco Spray Apfel Grun, Autobahn Rallye Green.

I think it's safe to say that some of the freshest names for colors
came from the earlier independent brands that took more risks with
their product lines. Sure, a lot of these lines have gone by the
wayside now, but hats off to them for thinking outside the box.

L-R: Pactra Imperial Nifty Pink, Tru-test House & Garden Kumquat,
Decrolon Spray Enamel Llama Lime, Lucite Pom Pom Yellow, Spraypak
Color Spray Danger Orange.

Some classic examples that come to mind would be Wet Paint, which had
names like: Squeeze Me Orange, Wild Child Blue, and Stars and Stripes
Red. Then you've got Illinois Bronze, with Hobby Spray colors like:
Gadabout Green, Pongo Pink, Bravo Blue, and Perky Purple. How about
Wet Look's Purple Passion and Hot Dog Mustard?

L-R: Empire Spray Enamel Baby Pink, Gemtone Spray Finishes Baby Pink,
Red Devil Supreme Quality Pink, Instant Spray Pink, Bright Beauty
Spray Enamel Baby Pink.

Parrot Green is kinda unusual since it's a color name that was used by
a number of different brands such as Utilac, Plasti-Kote's 'Odds n
Ends', Spruce, Tru-Test (in the House & Garden gold paper label line),
and there could be others.

1967 Rust-Oleum Speedy Dry Spring Green, photo taken from the CMC hard
cover, currently in production and due for release in 2012

A few recent discoveries have prompted yet another line that's slowly
making its way onto my shelves, and that's the Decrolon brand by
Sherwin Williams with it's psychedelic-styled labels and color names
like: Llama Lime, Flyaway Blue, and Zambesi Purple. By the way, what
does Llama have to do with Lime?


So, stop and think for a minute how vibrant and bangin' colors like
these aren't offered anymore by domestic U.S. brands, but are only
available from the specialized paint lines like your Belton, Montana,
etc. Of course... if you get tired of the store-bought colors, you can
always mix your own!


Shouts & thanks to: Art Primo, Slyle 133, Cor, Sperm, Bates, Naste,
Norms, East, Kab101, Reach, Kilo, Risk WWA, Infamous Magazine & all
the collectors out there worldwide.
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