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wamer
What is the best type of paint for the fuel tank on old Coleman lanterns?
Tnx. in advance.
Robin Madden
E mail w8wam@arrl.net
Robin L Madden
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Tgarner01
Welcome to the forum from SW Missouri. A bit of a loaded question. What model of lantern are you working on? Fuel resistance is key (speaking from experience)
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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wamer
Wanting to repaint the fonts on a few 220 and 228 lanterns
Yes a fuel resistant paint would be needed.
Possible could get a color match at an automotive supplier but open to some advice.
Thanks in advance
Robin Madden in SW Ohio
Robin L Madden
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Tgarner01
When I get back to the shop tomorrow I will get you some paint numbers I've used with great results. Both will need an engine clear coat as they are not fuel resistant themselves.
There was a bit of a color transition with Coleman from early to late. Coleman green was rather dark early on and slowly got lighter through the 220/228 lineup
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Chucker
You can use about any color paint IMO - as long as it is compatible with some Dupli-Color Clear Engine Enamel as a top coat. 

Engine Enamel is typically good up to 500 deg. F plus it's oil and gas resistant. There are Engine enamel's out there that get close to Coleman fount color's like the Dupli-color Red (not Ford red, that's for Kamplite red founts and not Chrysler Red). Maybe DE1653?
Chuck
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Phredd
I second the comment from Chucker on the need for a clear coat that is fuel resistant.

Here is a list compiled by forum members trying to match original colors.

CompanyColorPaint 
SEARSPea Green lanternRustoleum, Gloss Protective Enamel, #214087, "Army Green"
 Light Blue FountPlasti-Kote Chrysler Engine Enamel, #232
Duplicolor's Chrysler Corporate Blue, DE1631
 RedRUSTOLEUM SAFTEY RED,
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss- Banner Red. 04992
Krylon Cherry Red
   
AGMSpeediKook Fount: Plasti-Kote Car Color Ford 8125
   
Coleman200 Canadian:    Tremclad Rust Paint - Fire Red (George Rocen)
 200A Red:         NAPA Massey Ferguson Red
Rustoleum High Performance Enamel Safety Red #7564
Duplicolor automotive CARDINAL RED
Plasti-Kote Mazda Red #5501(Orange/Red 1958)
 Pre 80’s greenKrylon Hunter Green
 220 Green FontX-O Rust Professional: Hunter Green Paint & Primer In One; Rustoleum Dark Hunter Green
 275 Brown Fount: Ace Leather Brown Gloss Rust Stop No:17081 (thanks Steve G)
   
 Stove (84) GreenKrylon Kelly Green
Ace Rust Stop Machine&Implement International Green Gloss" SKU # 82901 17138 (a bit darker, but close)
 Stove 413G RedRustoleum Rust Stop Sunrise Red 
 Stove - RedSafety Red' or variants. Dupli-Color Engine Enamel #DE1653
 Bronze Stove TankTestors Color #1251 copper (Dave C)
Rustoleum Metallic copper (Jules)
 Black bands & heat drums:Rustoleum BBQ black high heat paint (once cured in oven, rub down with clean rag)
  Federal Standard (FS) 14084 
   
   
ThermosThermos Blue BHA0906 Hampstead Green Met (BG11M)  "orginal HONDA Colors"
(Very close match for interveted Thermos)
KampliteKamplite  RedFord Engine Red 

Phredd
ICCC#1799
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #40
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MYN
Pretty subjective question there. But in my opinion, the best type paint for old Coleman lantern fonts are the original type that they used. Reason: not because its technically superior or anything but because its the original. Nothing beats the original, right?
I don't know what type of paint they used on those but possibly leaded paints😈.
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Chucker
Yes, some things now beat the original, especially with GPA's.

High temp paint today? I'll take it.

I can think of those 'rubber' spacers on the Inverted lanterns and PIP's on others. I am much more confident of using today's "rubber" than what they had in 1959. 

I also prefer today's thread sealers. Shellac will work but do I want to go back to that alone? Nope. 
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
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"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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MYN
On a practical sense, I've got second that, Chuck😄.
Modern paints and coatings are in general, technically far superior than earlier ones. With a just few exceptions that had been done away with, due to toxicity concerns.
Most of the modern two-component industrial, marine, aerospace and automotive paints would top the list for performance. These are considerably tougher than those available in rattle-cans.
But they're not as easy to apply.
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