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C-S19-1-(1) (341)
S19-1 Painting
EN28 = Bureau of Ships,
A2-11 = Departmental orders.
Bureau of Ships
Washington, D.C.
29 August 1941


From: The Chief of the Bureau of Ships.
To: The Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet.
The Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet.
The Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Asiatic Fleet.
The Commander Battle Force, Pacific Fleet.
The Commander Scouting Force, Pacific Fleet.
The Commander Battleships, Battle Force, Pacific Fleet.
The CommanderBattleships, Atlantic Fleet.
The Commander Cruisers Battle Force, Pacific Fleet.
The Commander Cruisers, Scouting Force, Placific Fleet.
The Commander Cruisers, Atlantic Fleet.
The Commanding Officers, A11 Battleships in Commission.
The Commanding Officers, All Heavy Cruisers in Commission.
The Commanding Officers Light Cruisers 40-50 inclusive
SUBJECT:     Low Visibility Paint - Application of a Dark Bluish Gray Paint to Exposed Wood Decks.

     1.     The desirability is recognized of reducing visibility of the exposed wood decks from aerial observation. Some experiments conducted with stains to change the natural color of the wood to a dark bluish gray have been fairly successful, but their property of penetration is undesirable. Hence, a dark bluish gray paint has been developed having the required low visibility characteristics with a minimum degree of penetration into teak decking so that after the emergency is over the decking may be restored if desired to its original and natural color with a minimum of effort in removing the low visibility effect.

     2.     It is requested that at as early a date as practicable and when the dark bluish gray paint is available from the Paint Manufacturing Yards, all exposed wood decks on battleships and cruisers be coated with the material. It will be furnished in the form of a white untinted base and a suitable tinting material. The Bureau assigns the Formula No. 20-U to the white base. It will be available in one-gallon and 5-gallon containers. The tinting paste is assigned the Formula No. 20-TM. This tinting material will be packed in pint, quart, and gallon containers. The desired shade is obtained by mixing 20 pints of the tinting material Formula No. 20-TM with 5 gallons of the white untinted base Formula No. 20-U. Ships shall request enough white untinted base and tinting material to meet prospective requirements with due regard to flexibility in the choice of size of containers as indicated.




C-S19-1-(1) (341)




     3.     In the forthcoming revision of the camouflage instructions, "Ships-2", the same paint will be authorized for application to steel weather decks as well as to a11 exposed wood decks on surface ships except flight decks of aircraft carriers.


H. A. Ingram
By Direction


Copy to:
Comdts., All NYds.
OINC, all NSDs.







National Archives & Records Administration, Seattle Branch
Record Group 181, Central Subject Files, 1940-50

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