I'm restoring a Record #07 hand plane (see Images section below). I plan to use electrolysis to clean the rust out of the nooks and crannies, and I suspect doing so might also attack the paint, which I would have to repaint.
So, the topcoat of the paint looks to be Roundel Blue paint made in England. But I'm struggling to match it closely from the U.S. side. I would rather not randomly buy paint from overseas (with shipping costs) that look correct as presented by a website, but when actually put to use, don't look all that good, leading to having multiple cans lying around and wasted money and time. I don't mind the shipping cost really, but want to avoid guesswork if at all possible.
The conclusion I have found from my research (see details below) is that the type of paint, a British Standard colour BS110 that was produced by the R. J. Stokes & Co. Ltd. company in England is no longer in production.
How do I identify a U.S. vendor for this particular paint so I'm pretty much guaranteed of matching it, both in its color qualities, but also in its toughness with this particular application?
There is a reference to a "United States the federal spec number for Record Blue is FS 595 15056. Can anyone confirm that it is an exact, or close enough, match to the original Roundel blue?
Rather dated (as of 2020) information below:
At https://www.mig-weltding.co.uk/forum/threads/record-blue-paint-code.32682/#post-357433 (Apr 20, 2012) we see:
'Record Blue' is actually a British Standard colour (BS110, I believe). It was also known as Roundel Blue around WWII time, as that was the colour of the blue in the RAF roundel. Stokes Paint in Sheffield certainly do sell it, as I bought some from them about a month ago for just the same purpose. I also got some Zinc metal primer from Stokes, as it's the recommended first coat.
At https://www.recordhandplanes.com/dating.html (guessing Dec 3, 2009 due to Internet Archive's cache of this page at https://web.archive.org/web/20091203193328/https://www.recordhandplanes.com/dating.html) we see:
The planes with a painted finish were advertised in catalogues as Record Blue but the shade did vary over the years. The spokeshaves which had their numbers prefixed by 'A' were made of malleable iron and painted red. Cellulose paint was used pre WW2 and subsequently stove enamel. The name Record on bench plane lever caps was highlighted in orange throughout most of the production years but was omitted from the early 1990's. Early block planes prior to WW2 also had Record highlighted in orange on the lever caps. It is said that the choice of the original blue came from the outer ring of The Royal Air Force roundel, such as in an archery target.
The supplier and manufacturer of the paint to C & J Hampton was R. J. Stokes & Co. Ltd, Sheffield. The original paint colour was known as Roundel Blue, then Hamptons Blue and later as Record Blue. The reference number for this paint is "BS 110 Roundel Blue". The BS refers to British Standard and is one of the colours from the very old BS381C range. Originally the paint was a traditional solvent bourne stoving enamel. Over the years the paint was re-formulated several times to reduce the solvent content and work at lower oven temperatures. For the last number of years there were two separate paint lines. One was an Epoxy Polyester power coating and the other a Waterbound dip coating, both of which were still stoved. This virtually eliminated the solvents in the paint. R. J. Stokes and Co. Ltd also supplied the orange paint for the highlighting of Record on the lever caps of the hand planes and block planes. The red paint on the spoke-shaves and the green paint for the Calvert Stevens Plane No. CS 88. Needless to say all this paint was developed and produced in Sheffield by
R. J. Stokes & Co. Ltd.
I would like to thank Mr James Stokes for all his help and time in getting this information for me.
The R. J. Stokes & Co Ltd web site is www.rjstokes.co.uk
In the United States the federal spec number for Record Blue is FS 595 15056. This number is a part number for Irwin Tools (US) Not sure if this is the later lighter blue colour that was used by Record/Irwin Tools.
I would like to Thank Mr Paul Hook, Virginia USA for this information.
As of 2020, the above link now routes to https://www.spencercoatings.co.uk/toll-paint-manufacturing/ which seems like a holding company or something. I contacted them about this particular color yesterday, and they replied with:
I’m afraid this product has been discontinued.
At http://colorserver.net/showcolor.asp?fs=15056 we have what I believe to be what "FS 595 15056" is referring to but can't be sure.