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\"Gloss Japan Red\"

Daniel_3 Member Posts: 543
Does anyone have pictures of a radiator painted with this color offered by not only A&R co. but also some other radiator companies?


  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928

    No pictures, but here's a source for Japan Colors

    Japan colors are rather thick, pigment rich and flat.

    I [believe] that the so-called "Japan Finishes" common on old heating registers, hardware and it looks like radiators, were glossy natural varnishes rather heavily tinted with Japan colors. A top coat of glossy varnish may have been used after the Japan color for a "deeper" gloss.

    I also have a suspicion that the "red" may well have been Venetian Red (a rich red-brown) as it is a relatively inexpensive, colorfast, natural pigment (pure hematite iron oxide). Other red pigments--still somewhat true today--were either extremely expensive or transitory in nature.
  • Daniel_3
    Daniel_3 Member Posts: 543

    I have seen some rads painted in that venetian red which came to mind when I saw the can of it pictured in the 1897 catalog for A&R. It's a nice color imho.
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