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OTS Neutral Gray Universal Tint Codes and Known Finishes

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Tint Codes

The credit to this goes to tiddler and Harpmaker.

Some of these colors can be had by using "Glidden Master Palette" in the paint database at Lowe's.

Tint Code ... "Color Name" [Munsell Value] - RGB - CIELab

00NN 05/000 . . . "Dark Secret" (black) [N2.3]
00NN 07/000 . . . "Deep Onyx" (black) [N3.2]
00NN 13/000 . . . "Obsidian Glass" [N4.3]
00NN 16/000 . . . "Grey Tabby" [N4.7]
00NN 20/000 . . . "Grimmy's Grey" [N5.2]
00NN 25/000 . . . "Seal Grey" [N5.7]
00NN 31/000 . . . "Icon Grey" [N6.25]
00NN 37/000 . . . "Granite Gray" [N6.7] - 162 162 161 - 66.62 -0.02 -0.28
00NN 45/000 . . . "Dover Grey" [N7.3] - 175 176 175 - 71.73 -0.04 -0.28
00NN 53/000 . . . "Veil" [N7.8] - 190 190 189 - 76.99 -0.02 -0.11
00NN 62/000 . . . "Universal Gray" [N8.3] - 206 206 205 - 82.83 -0.21 -0.37
00NN 72/000 . . . "Snowfield" [N8.8] - 219 220 219 - 87.68 -0.3 -0.3

British neutrals:
Dulux paint in standard matt or vinyl matt finish:

1) 00NN 53/000 clouded slate 2, grey steel 2 [N7.8]
2) 00NN 62/000 ebony mists 5 [N8.3]
3) 00NN 72/000 clouded slate 3, grey steel 3 [N8.8]
4) 00NN 83/000 clouded slate 4, grey steel 4 [N9.3]

NCS neutral color codes taken from http://www.ncscolour.com/en/ncs/ncs-navigator/ via a color picker program.

S 0300-N = N9.6
S 0500-N = N9.4
S 1000-N = N8.9
S 1500-N = N8.4
S 2000-N = N8.0
S 2500-N = N7.6
S 3000-N = N7.2
S 3500-N = N6.8
S 4000-N = N6.3
S 4500-N = N5.9
S 5000-N = N5.6
S 5500-N = N5.2
S 6000-N = N4.8
S 6500-N = N4.3
S 7000-N = N3.9
S 7500-N = N3.4
S 8000-N = N2.7
S 8500-N = N1.9
S 9000-N = N0.9

RAL Classic neutrals. RGB values are said by site to be approximate.

No code has to be inserted here.

RAL Design neutrals. The middle number of the color code is the N value times 10.

No code has to be inserted here.

Munsell neutral color values

No code has to be inserted here.

White - the brightest, and most neutral, white we have measured is the Glidden Premium Paint GLN9000 from Home Depot.

These tint codes should be available at most, if not all paint stores. The proper way to ask for these would be to ask like this "I need a quart of Valspar Ultra Premium Eggsheel tinted to the Glidden Master Pallette color Veil." The paint person should then go to their computer and look up that particular color and mix it up for you.


Flat Enamel or Matte

These are finishes that we are certain do not hot spot.

Valspar Ultra Premium up to an eggshell finish.

The Sherwin-Williams ProClassic satin is similar to the Valspar eggshell.

Glidden Premium matte or less - eggshell is too glossy.

Behr finishes used to be similar to Valspar Ultra Premium.

PPG Grand Distinction in an eggshell finish does not hot spot.

If you know of other lines that do not hot spot, let us know here in this thread and I'll add them to the database.
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Well, let's do some math...:)

80'' screen in 1,78:1 means 1,80 s.m.

Grimmys Grey's gain is about 0.25 (paint plus finish)
Icon Grey's gain is about 0.33 (paint plus finish)
Granite Gray's gain is about 0.35 (paint plus finish)

Benq on low lamp and cinema mode (without calibration) outputs around 850 lumens. So:

On GG you 'll have 10,97 FL, on IG 14,48 FL and on GG 15,36 FL.

Considering over time that the lamp will lose power, i would say Granite Gray or even a tad lighter would be the wiser choice.
Thanks Yiannis

I went ahead and painted the screen Granite Grey and the result is awesome. Much deeper colors now... I should have done this earlier
Now that Glidden Diamond 450 and GLN9000 appear to be discontinued, what is considered the current best white base?
Hi there :)

I'm living in Denmark (Scandinavia) and going for a Black Widow on MDF, most likely spray painted.

The exact EU base paint specified in the Wiki (I did get the AAA online) is hard to track down here though, but I expect the color codes to hold up fine with other local paint brands, as they are international standard.
But the only factor, I can't seem to get a straight answer to, is the glossiness factor. The scale for this here in Denmark is from 0-100, but I'm getting some very vague info (or at least incompatible) on this on different forums, like:

Flat Enamel or Matte

How do I translate these "flat", "Matte" or "satin" finishes to anything remotely like a glossiness scale from 0-100?
And can it be too matte as well as too glossy?

Some help would be greatly appreciated ....
Thanx in advance!
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Now that Glidden Diamond 450 and GLN9000 appear to be discontinued, what is considered the current best white base?
Two choices...PPG Diamond Base 1 Flat, or Sherwin-Williams Duration Extra White Matte or Flat.
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