View Full Version : "Greige" interior color formula (1950 & maybe other years)

02-20-2017, 02:10 PM
I am hoping to save others members a little time by posting this. Dad's 50 Champion had a previous paint job where all of the "greige" interior parts got painted body color. So I went on a quest looking for the correct color for his restoration. I found a reference to a Rustoleum rattle can color and a lot of advise to take a piece and get it matched at the local automotive paint store. I did both and ended up with a mixed single stage color from PPG's OMNI line. Here is photo for your own comparison.


What you see in this photo is the back side of the glove box door in the background. A piece of scrap metal painted with the Rustoleum rattle can is on top of the clove box door. The grooved piece is the front seat frame trim painted with the OMNI that I had mixed. The Rustoleum is very close but as you can see in the photo it is a few shades too dark. The mixed OMNI is a better match. You decide if the rustoleum is "close enough" or if you want to get some paint mixed for your project.


This is the Rustoleum I used. (7713830 Dark Bronze)


If you want something a little closer, this is the OMNI mix formula.

02-20-2017, 02:37 PM
Very GOOD info thank you, for those that own '50-'52 Studebakers if Silver Gray is your Interior Color you are good to go. :!:

Some or ALL '47-'49's are probably more Brownish Gray "Gringe" and would need to be matched up first, and some Interiors could be different still, but you need to start somewhere. :)

02-20-2017, 06:18 PM
Thanks, Wayne!
I've saved your thread for reference. The dash in my '51 was incorrectly painted some 20 years ago, but the reveal moldings are still original.

02-21-2017, 01:42 PM
thanks for the info, Wayne!:!: coincidentally, about 2 hours ago i was making my errands list for tomorrow. one of the errands was to swing by Lowes in Durham to pick up a couple rattle cans of the Rustoleum. i didn't have the last 3 numbers (830) - weren't in a previous thread...

my dash in the '51 is in good shape. i just need to do around the door windows. i hope the color will be "close enough" for me. if not, i'll try the mix.:)

02-21-2017, 03:13 PM
The 50, 51, and 52 "greige" colors are different from year to year. The 50 is more cast iron gray metallic, the 51 is metallic, but has more brown in it than the 50, and the 52 is non-metallic and has some violet in it.

02-21-2017, 04:02 PM
I did not realize the "greige" color varied from year to year. I guess this post really only applies to 50's then. Studebaker sure makes things hard by making slight variations to a base color.

02-21-2017, 04:22 PM
here's a pic of my '51. while the dash and instrument panel area appear to be a different color, they are the same. it depends on what angle the light is hitting it.


02-21-2017, 11:05 PM
Corvanti, the Rustoleum can I have only has the 7713 number.