Color Formulas for NI Hardware

Updated Jun 15, 2018

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Hardware

  • USRP Rack Mount

Issue Details

I am trying to color match my own devices to National Instruments hardware for a product I am building. How do I create colors of the same shade?

Solution

Prior to 2002, the original paint color for most NI products was named "NI Silver". There were two versions of that color - fine textured, and smooth.

Now NI uses a new corporate color named "Compass White". There are two versions of this also - fine textured, and smooth. Currently only the fine texture is used as the final cover. There are also two types of paint in the mixture - wet, and powder coat. Below are the formulas for each:

NI SILVER:

Fine Texture
PREPARE AND PAINT SURFACES WITH TWO COATS SMOOTH AND ONE COAT FINE TEXTURED FINISH. PAINTING WITH:

1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63EXA-1075-7040 (POLANE 2.8T PLUS), USING CATALYST V66 V 44 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D14.

or

2. AMERITEX P/N 2345BR27 (PRE-REACTED URETHANE) USING CATALYST 2841C10 AND REDUCING SOLVENT 2181T48 PER AMERITEX DATA SHEET. GLOSS: 8-20%.

Smooth
PREPARE AND PAINT SURFACES WITH THREE COATS SMOOTH FINISH. PAINTING WITH:

1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63EXA-1075-7040 (POLANE 2.8T PLUS), USING CATALYST V66 V 44 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D14.

or

2. AMERITEX P/N 2345BR27 (PRE-REACTED URETHANE) USING CATALYST 2841C10 AND REDUCING SOLVENT 2181T48 PER AMERITEX DATA SHEET. GLOSS: 10-28%.

COMPASS WHITE:

Fine Texture - Wet
PREPARE AND PAINT SURFACES WITH TWO COATS SMOOTH AND ONE COAT TEXTURED FINISH. GLOSS: 11% ±5. PAINTING WITH:

1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63FXW1301-7040 (POLANE T), USING CATALYST V66V27 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D5.

or

2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63FXW1311-7040 (POLANE T-60), USING CATALYST V66V90 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D21.

or

3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63EXW0592-7040 (POLANE T PLUS 2.8), USING CATALYST V66V44 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D14.

Fine Texture - Powder Coat
GLOSS: 11% ±5. PAINTING WITH:

SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N UWT270003 (POWDURA POLYESTER URETHANE POWDER), USING A 10 MINUTE CURE AT 400°F AND A FILM THICKNESS RANGE OF .002-.0035.

Smooth - Wet
PREPARE AND PAINT SURFACES WITH THREE COATS SMOOTH FINISH. GLOSS: 11% ±5. PAINTING WITH:

1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63FXW1301-7040 (POLANE T), USING CATALYST V66V27 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D5.

2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63FXW1311-7040 (POLANE T-60), USING CATALYST V66V90 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D21.

3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N F63EXW0592-7040 (POLANE T PLUS 2.8), USING CATALYST V66V44 PER SHERWIN WILLIAMS DATA SHEET CC-D14.

Smooth - Powder Coat
GLOSS: 11% ±5. PAINTING WITH:

SHERWIN WILLIAMS P/N UWT270005 (POWDURA POLYESTER URETHANE POWDER), USING A 10 MINUTE CURE AT 400°F AND A FILM THICKNESS RANGE OF .002-.003.

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