Studebaker Paint Formulas:

2001-20014 All Rights, Including Graphics and Text are Reserved

This page will be the site of a collection of paint formula's for various year Studebakers. I am trying to create modern paint formulas that match original Studebaker colors. I have developed a lot of the formulas myself, using original pieces from original cars and custom mixing them. I have spent the time needed to spray test panels and color correct the formulas to attempt to match as closely as possible. Some formulas are from other restorers that used them on their cars. There is no guarantee that these formulas will match YOUR car's original paint exactly, but it will give you a starting place. There can be manufacturing and supplier variances.. Temperature, gun pressure, dry-times, and even spray technique all affect the color's final outcome. I recommend these formulas for restorations and over-all repainting of your car. They may be used for touch-up, and spot repair, but I recommend custom blending to create a "match" for your particular color.

I know of some current colors and some things you can do to make them closer to original, but I do not want that sort of thing on this page. If I start doing that, It'll turn into a "close is good enough" page. As I work on these formulas and expand them, I'll be able to include some of them here.

I could use the help of some of you Studebaker fans out there. If you can get a hold of pieces that have nice original paint on them, either send them to me, or take them to your local Dupont Automotive finishes store and see if they will scan them with their Spectramaster. They will need a piece about 5"x 5" such as a gas tank door. The scanning process only takes a few minutes. I will accept any and all formulas (even from other manufacturers) for posting on this page. I normally use Dupont, and with their nationwide distribution, these formulas can be mixed anywhere. Just e-mail the formulas to: info@raylinrestoration.com

Dupont Auto Paint Color Matching   1-800-3 Dupont  (1-800-338-7668)
Call them with the year and color name and they'll give you a modern paint code that can be very close.

I also have several Studebaker Color Charts on the website located here: Studebaker Color Charts

**Photos below show actual vehicles painted using these formulas

1950 Bahama Mist Irridescent:

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

BC140

371.7

371.7

BC105

86.3

458

1950 Bahama Mist Irridescent

UR50

61.6

519.6

formula 1.00 Quart

BASF

BC101

59.9

579.5

Diamont

BC405

103.3

682.8

close color-matched to paint chip chart - See pic below:

BC300

61.6

744.4

BC200

91.4

835.8

BC505

28

863.8

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1954 Studebaker Exterior Colors Color Chart: (refer to this chart for the 1954 colors listed below)

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1954 Lance Green: Color-matched to original part

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

830J HS Fast Green 161.9161.9
Dupont 805J Jet Black30.8192.7

1954 Lance Green

801J HS White12.6205.3

1 pint

Chromabase150K BC Balancer234.6439.9
Ref:  1998 GM Emerald Green
code 43 , alt CF01

 

1954 Azore Green: Color-matched to original part

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS White172.8178.8
Dupont 806J HS Black6.9179.7

1954 Azore Green

881J HS Yelo Oxide6.3186.0

1 pint

Chromabase830J HS Fast Green4.9190.9
150K BC Balancer259.5450.4
175K Binder46.1 496.5

 

1955 Cascade Green:  formula thanks to Bob Johnstone and Dupont's Color Hotline
There is a very close modern equivalent to this shade-  Car: TOYOTA  Code: 6Q6   Year: 1997  Color: Shade Green valueshade #2 Matches B/C in color only

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS White595.6595.6
Dupont 832J Green14.4610.0

1955 Cascade Green

#7881882J LS Yellow Oxide7.4617.4

Formula =  32oz

ChromaPremier805J Jet Black5.1622.5
#F3793N52320N    Binder400.01022.5
52330N    Balancer121.61144.1

1955 Cascade Green:

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS White596.7596.7
Dupont 832J Green14.4611.1

1955 Cascade Green

#7881882J LS Yellow Oxide7.5618.6

Formula =  32oz

ChromaOne805J Jet Black5.1623.7
#F3793G52320N    Binder400.01023.7
52330N    Balancer122.61146.3

1955 Pimlico Grey Metallic: Formula Courtesy Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

DMD67339,6
1955 Pimlico Grey MetallicPPG DMD65190.2
Deltron DMD631174.5
Formula for 1-Qt  DBUUniversalPRL  94176.5
BasecoatPRL   98189.1
PRL   92212.2
DMD 664830.7
DBX 6951057.4

1955 Congo Ivory: Formula Courtesy of Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

DMD642 Yellow Oxide26.526.5
1955 Congo IvoryPPGDMD622 Red Oxide1.427.9
Formula for 1-QT DBUDeltron DMD648 Weak Black37.165.0
Tinting Guide: DBU91410Universal DMD663 Basecoat1242.01307.0
BasecoatDBX695 Balancer 72.11379.1
**requires extra coats to hide

1955 Speedster Hialeah Green:  Formula Courtesy of Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

845J Transp Yellow152.8152.8

1955 Hialeah Green

Dupont 4530S Flop Control45.6198.4

Formula for 1-QT

Chromabase802J LS White29.8228.2
810J Fine Alum13.4241.6
830J HS Fast Green10.0251.6
807J LS Black2.6254.2
150K B/c Balancer457.4711.6
175K Binder142.6854.2

1955 Speedster Sun Valley Yellow:  Formula Courtesy of  Forrest Comer

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

DMD663  

1239.6

1239.6

1955 Sun Valley Yellow

PPGDMD618  7.21246.8

Formula for 1-gallon

Tinting Guide : DMD647  38.01284.8
DBU80783 DMD643   2212.03496.8
SpecDBX695   1400.0 4896.8
   
   
   

1955 Speedster Hialeah Green:  Formula Courtesy of  Forrest Comer

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

DMD662 

72.4

 72.4

1955 Hialeah Green

PPGDMD633 146.0  218.4

Formula for 1-gallon

Tinting
Guide :
DMD631  149.0 367.4
DBU41810 DMD641 949.2 1316.6
Spec DMD640  1090.0  2406.6
  PRL91  29.22435.8
PRL93185.22451
DBX695 1673.64124.6
 

1956 Snowcap White: Formula Courtesy of Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS White179.5179.5
881J HS Yellow Oxide7.5187.0

1956 Snowcap White

Dupont 807J LS Black3.5190.5

Formula for 1-Pint

Chromabase831J LS Fast Green3.0193.5

150K B/C Balancer

262.7456.2
175K Binder42.9499.1

1956 Romany Red: Formula Courtesy of Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

853J Red Orange219.4219.4
Dupont 864J Magenta25.6245.0
1956 Romany RedChromabase841J Yellow15.6260.6
Formula for 1-QT802J LS White12.8273.4
150K B/C Balancer507.2780.6
175K Binder82.6863.4

1956 Ceramic Green: Formula Courtesy of Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

4530S Flop Control 39.639.6
Dupont 807J LS Black27.066.6
1956 Ceramic GreenChromabase832J Green20.186.7
Formula for 1-Pint891J Transox Red7.694.3
5462K (reference)890J Transox Yelo4.799.0
1995 GM Elkhart Green Met846J Yellow Orange1.9100.9
Code 47/946811J Med Aluminum1.8102.7
150K B/C Balancer256.4359.1
175K Binder69.6428.7

1956 Sea Side Green & Glennbrook Green: Formulas Courtesy Joe Bacon

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

BC190 White 882.4  882.4
BC500 Blue/Green  46.4928.8

1956 Seaside Green
(light solid color)

BC405 Bright Blue 3.2 932

**** this formula makes
slightly more than 1 quart

BASF

BC200 Black  1.6933.6

Diamont

BC655 Organic Yellow  .8934.4
Color-matched to original paint on car - See pic below:    

reducer used-

UR50 Universal Mid Temp 92.0  1026.4

 

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

 BC500 Blue/Green            

329.6

329.6

BASF

BC171 Medium Aluminum 151.2 480.8

1956 Glennbrook Green
(dark metallic color)

Diamont

BC410 Green Blue

155.2

636

formula (appx) 1.00 Quart

 BC200 Black  

80.0

716
Color-matched to original paint - See pic below:

reducer used-

UR50 Universal Mid Temp  

 

 

1957 Arctic White P5711: Formula Courtesy Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS White150.5150.5

1957 Arctic White

Dupont 882J LS Yelo Oxide10.6161.1
Chromabase807J LS Black5.2166.3

formula for 1-Pint

150K B/C Balancer242.2408.5
175K Binder78.1486.6
Color-matched to original part

1957 Arctic White P5711: Formula Courtesy Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

UR50 Universal Mid-Temp reducer

149.3

149.3

1957 Arctic White

BASF:

BC190 WHITE

1626.7

1776.0

Diamont

BC605 YELLOW OXIDE

51.0

1827.0

formula for 2.00 quart

Basecoat

BC209 BLACK TONER

29.0

1856.0

Color-matched to original part

1957 Tiara Gold Metallic P5714: Formula Courtesy Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

UR50 Mid-temp Reducer

165.7165.7

1957 Tiara Gold

BC145 Medium Aluminum

746.0911.7

Formula for 2-quarts

BC105 White

459.81371.5

BASF

BC621 Yellow Green

235.91607.4
Diamont

BC800 Red Gold

77.51684.9
Basecoat

BC200 Black

62.71747.6
BC101 Flop Control

35.7

1783.3

Color-matched to original part

1957 Woodsmoke Grey: Formula Courtesy Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

815J Multigrad Aluminum

63.963.9

1957 Woodsmoke Grey

Dupont

806J HS Black

18.882.7

Formula for 1-Pint

Chromabase

802J LS White

15.798.4

813J Med Coarse Alum

14.3112.7

826J Organic Blue

4.9117.6

862J Transp Red

4.4122.0
829J Light Blue

2.6

124.6

Color-matched to original part150 B/C Balancer

243.2

367.8

175K Binder

77.8

445.6

1957 Silver Hawk- Turquoise over Glenbrook Green

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1957 Turquoise (see above pic light green)

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS WHITE664.8664.8
1957 Turquoise : Dupont 807J LS BLACK124.8789.6
1991 GMC Truck/BusChromabase830J HS FAST GREEN63.0852.6
code 43870J LS FAST BLUE49.2901.8
Formula for 3-quarts150K BASECOAT BALANCER1526.42428.2
175K BINDER391.22819.4

1957 Glendale Green: (see pic above)  For exact match- choose 1993 Ford Truck Caymen Green Metallic- code 43  Formula posted soon.

1958 Shadowtone Red: Formula Courtesy Phantom Autoworks

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

866J Red Violet35.835.8
1958 Shadowtone Red: Dupont 805J Jet Black18.554.3
Formula for 1-pintChromabase855J Light Red5.059.3
820J Violet3.062.3
802J LS White1.263.5
** WARNING: Difficult mix!!!819J Fine Brt Alum0.263.7
1010S Red Satin Prl13.176.8
1014S Rutile Red Prl2.078.8
150K B/C Balancer215.2294.0
175K Binder143.9437.9

1959 Dark Green (interior color):

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

830J HS FAST GREEN

482.4

482.4

801J HS WHITE

304

786.4

1959 Green (dark interior)

Dupont

806J HS BLACK

186.4

972.8

formula 1.00 Gallon

ChromaBase

828J HS FAST BLUE

22.4

995.2

150K B/C BALANCER

1821.6

2816.8

Color-matched to original part

175K BINDER

734.4

3551.2

1959-1960 White Sand:

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

M112 Gold

54.4

54.4

M118 Tinting

107.6

162.0

1959-1960 White Sand

PPG

M116 Red Shad

186.0

348.0

formula 1.00 Gallon

Single-Stage

M119 High Hiding

2021.2

2369.2

(MTK90183 A Chiffon White)OMNI

MX195 Accelerator

76.8

2446.0

(Late 1960 Porsche White)

M149 Mixing C

2354.8

4800.8

Formula Courtesy  
of Jack Breen 

1959 SeaMist Green: (see pic below)

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

1959 Sea-Mist Green (light exterior)

801J HS WHITE

580.8

580.8

formula 2.0 Quarts

807J LS BLACK

41.2

622

Dupont

830J HS FAST GREEN

25.6

647.6

Color-matched to original part

ChromaBase

882J LS YELO OXIDE

11.6

659.2

150K B/C BALANCER

960

1619.2

175K BINDER

320.4

1939.6

1959 Lark VI finished in Seamist  Green.
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1960 Colonial Red: interior color (see pic below)

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

864J MAGENTA

632.8

632.8.

1960 Colonial Red

853J RED ORANGE

394.4

1027.2

interior/exterior

Dupont

867J RED

361.6

1388.8

ChromaBase

807J LS BLACK

384,8

1773.6

formula for 1.00 gallon

150K B/C BALANCER

1913.6

3687.2

Color-matched to original part

1960 Jonquil Yellow: (see pic below)

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS WHITE

900.8

900.8

1960 Jonquil Yellow

843J BRIGHT YELLOW

349.6

1250.4

interior/exterior

Dupont

807J LS BLACK

45.6

1296

formula for 1.00 gallon

ChromaBase

853J RED ORANGE

13.6

1309.6

this is supposed to be a

150K B/C BALANCER

1858.4

3168

convertible-only color

175K BINDER

692

3860

Color-matched to original part

Restored 1960 Lark VIII Convertible in Jonquil Yellow with Colonial Red Interior

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1961-1963 Ermine White: This is a formula I created several years ago. It is a perfect match. I have painted several Studebakers using this formula. You cannot get any closer to original.

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS WHITE

1136.8

1136.8

1961-63 Ermine White

807J LS BLACK

112.8

1249.6

Dupont

882J LS YELO OXIDE

84.8

1333.6

formula for 1.00 gallon

ChromaBase

884J LS RED OXIDE

2.4

1336

150K B/C BALANCER

1976

3312

Color-matched to original part

175K BINDER

590.4

3902.4

Both the cars pictured below scored 1st-place at the 2004 SDC International Meet
Brad Treganowan's 1961 Hawk in Ermine White/Blaze Red
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Lee Aanderrud's 1961 Hawk in Ermine White
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1961 Blaze Red: This is an EXACT match to 1961 Blaze red. I had 1969-1977 Ford Truck "Candy Apple Red" mixed.. because the color-chip appeared close. When I sprayed a test panel- to begin my "adjustments", the color-match was perfect! It matched an untouched original piece from the interior of my '61 Hawk. You can ask for this formula (Ford truck '69-'77) from any paint manufacturer, in any "type" of paint- ie: Urethane Basecoat/Clearcoat, Acrylic Enamel, Single-stage, etc....

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

758S Drier183.0

183.0

1961 Blaze Red

706A Black4.0187.0

Dupont

701A White15.5202.5

formula for 1.00 gallon

ChromaBase

733A Red-orange905.51108.0

Urethane

748A Mon-Violet2555.03663.0

Basecoat

EXACT!!!!!

Color-matched to original part

1962-63 Silver Mist: This formula was custom tinted to match an ORIGINAL '63 Studebaker Dealer's Fandeck (click for photo) of colors available for 1963. This color has the SAME formula for 1962 Silver Mist. I would recommend this color for overall painting only. Your "original" paint will be faded and aged, so it is unlikely this color will be close enough for panel or spot repairs.

***NOTE!: This formula will make "slightly more than" 1 Quart, so don't try to mix it in a 1 quart can. We started with a quart of a close color, and custom-tinted from there- using a GALLON can. I rewrote the formula to include the added colors... so it might overflow a quart can.

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

813J- Med Coarse Aluminum

86.286.2

1962-63 Silver Mist

811J -Med Aluminum

90.4176.6

***see Note above!

805J -Jet Black

39.8216.4

formula for 1.00 quart(+)

Dupont

852J -Transparent Red

9.6226.0

Chromabase

891J -Transox Red

2.2228.2
Urethane

881J -(unknown)

3.9232.1
Color-matched to original Basecoat150K -BC Balancer566.0798.1
Dealership Fandeck175K -Binder111.0909.1
VOC-LE 5.9
VOC-EP 4.9

An original dealer fandeck- laid on the hood of Winn Beckner's 1962 Silver Mist GT Hawk
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1962-1963 White Wheel Color: This is a creamy white. It is NOT Ermine White. Neither is it very close to Astre White(1964). It was color-matched to the spare wheel of a 16K mile original 1962 GT Hawk.

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS WHITE

260

260

1962-63 wheel color

Dupont

807J LS BLACK

45

305

ChromaBase

882J LS YELO OXIDE

10.2

315.2

formula for 1.00 quart

Urethane

831J LS FAST GREEN

2.4

317.6

the entire wheel is not always

Basecoat

150K B/C BALANCER

500

818

painted, sometimes the backs

175K BINDER

141

959

were left black

Color-matched to original part

1963 Green Mist Poly: This next color is a modification of 1978 Olsmobile Lt. Green Poly. Fine metallic was substituted for the medium metallic in the Olds formula, and black basecoat needs to be added to darken it to match the original color more closely. The amount I used was 10 grams/gallon...and it turned out great. Another member has used this formula and said it was a bit lighter than his original color (the PPG black basecoat may not have been as intense as the Dupont black). You will need to adjust the amount to match your car. If you are doing an overall paint job, you can use the Oldsmobile formula as is, and add 10-15 grams of black per gallon. This should work for any paint manufacturer.   Thanks to Jack Breen for this formula!

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

DMD649 Clear

291.2

291.2

READ CAREFULLY! You must modify this formula!

PPG

DMD646 Weak White

17.6

 

308.8

1963 Green Mist Poly

Deltron

DMD683 Basecoat

35.2

344

formula 1.00 GALLON

Basecoat

DMD641 Transpar

176.8

520.8

DMD678 Phtalo

326.4

847.2

DMD686 Fine Sat

2260

3107.2

You MUST add 10-15 Grams of BLACK basecoat/gallon to match original color. the exact amount varies with the strength of the black/how well it's mixed etc.DBX689 Basecoat

953.6

4060.8

Color-matched to original part

1963 Daytona Wagonaire- Green Mist Poly
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***1963-64 Rose Mist: Ray, you will have to tint a little by adding more DMR474 which is red and  adding a little DMR450 which is deep vio.
I have found this is a very close match to rose mist. Like I said you will need to tint a little to match. This is formula for PPG Delstar. Hope this will help you in the future.
Doug Atchley ....                 THANKS DOUG!!!!!!

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

DMR474   Permanen

18.818.8

1963-64 Rose Mist***

DMR401   White

148.0166.8

see Note above!

DMR490   Strong B

132.8299.6

formula for 1.00 gallon

PPG

DMR450   Deep Violet

378.8678.4

Delstar

DMR433   Extra Co

556.01234.4
Formula Courtesy ofUrethane

DMR476   Transpar

715.21949.6
Doug AtchleyEnamelDMR431  Medium A704.02653.6
DMR495  Catalyst75.62729.2
DMR499  Mixing C1386.44115.6

1964 Super Red:  from Nelson Bove in Jet Thrust News.
This is for Dupont Centauri Acrylic Enamel -He notes that "a little change in the red will make a significant difference in shade."

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

700A White

5.7      22.8

22.8

1964 Super Red

Dupont

716 Red

107.2     428.8

451.6

Centari

710 Silver

168.4    673.61125.2

NOTE: formula for 2 gallons

Acrylic

734 Orange

864.9   3459.64584.8
Enamel758 Drier898.9  3595.68180.4
Formula Courtesy of
Nelson Bove /Steve Miller

1964 White Wheel Color: This color is several shades brighter than the 1962-63 color.

Studebaker Color Name and Year

Paint Mfg.

Component

unit weight (grams)

total weight (grams)

801J HS WHITE

260

260

1964 wheel color

806J ?

1

261

Dupont

807J LS BLACK

74.5

335.5

formula for 1.00 quart

ChromaBase

882J LS YELO OXIDE

10.2

345.7

the entire wheel is not always

831J LS FAST GREEN

2.4

348.1

painted, sometimes the backs

150K B/C BALANCER

500.5

848.6

were left black

175K BINDER

141

989.6

Color-matched to original part


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