Willys Harvest Tan


in search of ... the elusive Harvest Tan.

This color has long been absent from paint manufacturers databases.  PPG does still list Harvest Tan, #20422, but has "offset" it (read: substitute) to another color, which is not even close, being much lighter.  The piece on the left is from a '46 CJ-2A, the piece on the right is PPGs 20422 "Harvest Tan":

in search of...

a match for...

the formula...

but is it...

The mismatch was unacceptable, so I embarked on a plan to reproduce the correct color.

This project was only possible with the generous help of many others, who provided actual samples of paint from '45 and '46 CJ-2As, and gave me access to mix bases and a place to work.

A huge thanks to Tony, Gary, Rick, and "Mix Maestro" Bob!

Now the search is ended, and a formula is at hand.


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