After a couple years, the hardening agent is no longer working in my old color pattern of Glidden from Home Depot, and Home Depot no longer carries oil-base alkaloids. My goal this time was not for a custom color mix, but to find a standardized color that was a good match. Others have done color-matching with Dupont automotive colors. I have commercial accounts at both Sherwin Williams and Dunn Edwards, and I was happy with what I found at Dunn Edwards. I have a pair of South African handguards where the paint dripped inside the handguards and was protected from wear, so I had a “virgin” color to start with. It’s a little lighter than the oil and dirt-stained finish on the outside, but I think it’s a truer match for what the color looked like new. When I distress it, it should balance out. Dunn Edwards Syn-Lustro Rust preventative Alkyd Semi-gloss Enamel (oil-based not available in flat, eggshell or satin).
A Parkerized rifle and a painted rifle awaiting the camouflage. While there is no “correct” configuration, there are some features more typical than others for a FAL.