Most military vehicle restorations use MV paint from two companies; Aervoe and Gilespie. Most military paints are flat to avoid glare to they are harder to spot. (24087 is the only semi-gloss that I an aware of - BTW the first 2 digits of miitry paint gives you the shine rating. 24 is semi gloss through 34 which is very flat.)
Flat paint looks flat b/c it has a jaged surface to reflect light at different angles. As a result, it is often porus,scratches easily, stains, and does not last as long as shiny paint. Shiny paint has less surface area and the paint particles are smoother on the surface - so has less area to wear.
Flat paints, especially mil spec paints, are flat b/c of heavy solids in the paint to allow fast build up. Aggitate the paint can as you spray to prevent the solids from accumulating on the bottom of the paint can.
Mil. spec. paints are not as durable as civilian paints. For durability, get the mil. spec color in PPG or Dupont ect. The military repaints its equipment often.
Finally, CARC paint. CARC paint is HIGHLY TOXIC - even when dry!!! Beware sanding it. CARC paint is far more dangerous than other paint. Finally, beware buying surplus CARC paint. It has a limited shelf life and turns to goo.
Shipping, you will get a $10 hazardous paint shipping charge for the order in the mail/UPS. The charge is for the total order and not per paint can (gallon)!! A few dishonest paint dealers will try to charge the $10 hazardous shipping fee per gallon. BTW: there is no hazardous shipping charge for arerosal cans.
I used Gilespie paint and liked it. I used it with both zythol (sp?) and NAPA brand synthetic reducer. The NAPA reducer makes the paint more durable. Remember using a reducer in a warmer temp range than recomended will result in either the paint drying before it hits the metal and/or makes the paint dry shiny.
Aeroval had a poor reputation in the past. I supposedly faded quickly. I do not know from experience. Rumor is they improved the paint to last longer. Contact www.bigelectric.com
- the Dodge M37 Army Truck board, for more on the debate over whether Aeroval or Gilespie is better.
Some sources for mil. paint. ("A"-Aeroval, "G"-Gilespie)
Surplus City CALIF(818) 767-366 "A" at $29.95/gal.
Army Jeep Parts 215-788-6012 PA(George is a nice guy) "G" - $24/gal
Adirondack Jeep Parts NY 800-932-8020 "A"-$28/gal
Rapco TEXAS 940-872-2403 "G"-$24/gal
Alan R. Haage NJ 609-953-1003 "A" - $28/gal