c. Butyl Cellosolve, Specification TT-E776B.
most efficient and economical way to apply the paint to
the vehicle. The first step is to outline the pattern on the
vehicle using the spray gun. The painter uses the chalk
for 1-gallon can. This is used as a secondary thinner for
marks as a guide for his outlining, but he must wipe the
d. Xylem Specification TT-X-916. NSN 681000-
chalk marks off the surface as he paints or the markings
will show through the new paint job and cause poor
584-4070 for 5-gallon drum; NSN 6810-00290-4166 for
adhesion along the chalk lines.
55-gallon drum. This is used for thinning the enamel.
(2) The color areas are then filled in with the
e. Mineral Spirits, Specification TT-T291. NSN
required color paint. For good paint adhesion and
coverage, the painter must make sure that the newly
6115 for 55-gallon drum. This is also used for thinning
painted surface appears wet upon application. At first, it
may be easier and more accurate to use a brush to fill in
f. Thinner, Cellulose-Nitrate Dope, Blush Retardant,
the small black areas (fig. 3-4). As a higher degree of
skill is gained with the spray guns, these may be used to
gal.). This is used in preparing paint for neoprene-
fill in the black areas also.
coated tarpaulins used with the gamma goat vehicle.
P-595A. No NSN. This is used in prepreparing paint for
cotton duck canvas.
Paint Mixing. a. Vehicles.
(1) The enamel has to be thinned for various
temperatures and humidity conditions. The thinners to
be used and mixed are as follows: 30 F. - 60 F. -
Xylene 60 F.- 80 F.- Mineral spirits Above 80 F.,
moderate relative humidity (up to 55 percent), it may be
necessary to add butyl cellosolve to allow flow-out of the
paint. For these conditions, the maximum use of butyl
cellosolve shall be 8: 1 of mineral spirits and butyl
(2) If raining or if temperature is above 80 F.
with high humidity (above 55 per cent), the maximum
use of butyl cellosolve, if necessary, shall be 5: 1 of
mineral spirits and butyl cellosolve, respectively .
b. Neoprene-Coated Tarps ( Used with Gamma
Goat). The enamel must be thoroughly stirred before
mixing with the thinner to make sure of complete mixing
of the pigment and dulling agents.
combination shall be 1/2 pint of cellulose-nitrate dope,
blush retardant to every 1 gallon of xylene. The mixture
Figure 3-4. Soldiers apply the black area with a 1/2 inch
then should be stirred thoroughly.
combination is used to thin the enamel. The make sure
the coating has enough pigment and dulling agent in it to
c. Brush Painting. A small amount of brush painting
coat the fabric well, stir the paint mix each time a spray
may be used in places hard to reach with spray guns,
gun is filled.
and to speed up work if there are not enough spray guns.
However, while brush painting is efficient and effective
Instructions. For basic painting instructions, including
for small areas, brush painting of the larger color areas is
care and maintenance of painting equipment, refer to TM
slower and uses more paint than spray painting.
5-618 or TM 43-0139.
b. Spray Painting.
(1) Use of paint-spraying equipment is the
Roller painting was tested and found
to be unsuitable for pattern painting