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Re: Modern USN deck colors -anti-skid is dark
There are at least two types of nonskid. I have seen both in brand new condition. The black kind is a "quick application" affair. It is basically a black tar-base into which an abrasive powder is poured and stirred in. Then, the mixture is spread over the area desired. Produces a "sandpapery" surface, giving traction. Also "works like sandpaper" on anything upon it...if you are kneeling/lying on it, your clothes will shred pretty quickly. Also messes up carrier arresting gear faster. Etc. However, it can be mixed up, and spread out quickly.
The second type is a rubbery, very dark gray coating, and is not quickly nor easily able to be applied. The surface needs more preparation before application. This usually comes out of a yard. I had read here long ago (in a discussion on antifouling coatings) that the difference between a coating and a paint was that a paint needed to comply with a specific color requirement, while a coating did not. So, I was pretty shocked when I came across an official Navy color requirement for the rubbery kind of nonskid. Seems that, while a coating, the Navy still needs/wants it to comply with a color standard. That standard is FS/AMS 36076. (Which was also Model Master Engine Gray's FS number. I will miss that.) Like everything, it does fade with wear.
US Navy Deck Gray is indeed FS/AMS 26008. Can be lightened for scale effect.
I concur, on a newly commissioned ship, non-skid is black and begins to fade quickly. On a model I wouldn't use black, even if it represents the ship at commissioning. Add a little black to the color you are using.
What I learned from comments on this board it is typically a very dark deep gray. when first applied. It lightens with sun, salt and wear.
I'm building a 1/96 Ticonderoga class cruiser and will be using tru-color paints from Arizona Hobbies. My question is the deck color. The color they have is Modern Deck Gray FS 26008. It seems a bit dark compared to the Model Master Euro Gray I've used on my other builds. I'm happy with the quality of the paint. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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