To help you with the task of painting your Mamod or other steam engine, we have put together some advice which should de-mystify the finding of "correct" paint.
Firstly, there is no "correct" paint for most restoration projects. If you are a purist needing to get a perfect original match, you should really be going off to your local automotive body shop and discussing matching up.
For most people, an approximate similarity is adequate. You can do this quite successfully by popping along to Halfords where you will find a large number of colours or, as we tend to do, nip into B&Q/Homebase and finding a suitable colour there.
In the photograph shown above we obtained them from B&Q, Homebase and our local car parts shop.
So the choice of approach is yours. But, for the semi-purist the following may be helpful:
Red: Ford Rosso red is good.
Green: Apple Green is one of the Mamod well known original colours, then followed by Emerald Green and now British Racing Green.
Black on the firebox must not be gloss but VHT paint with no primer or undercoat. Gloss can catch fire. VHT paint will always have a matt finish.
The following was published on the Mamod forum which you may find more specifically helpful:
As of 2013, the Mamod colours available are as follows;
Cream Ral# 1015 Gloss
Red Ral# 3020 Gloss
Green Ral# 6005 Gloss
Burgundy Ral# 3005 Gloss
Yellow Ral# 1021
Blue Ral# 5015 Satin
Red (Belling) Ral# 3003
Grey Ral# 7043