I have just received a reply from my new contact at the PPG colour library. I asked them about these two colour codes:
Gold - 22390 FMC Husky tractor gold
White - 8377 FMC Husky tractor white
I also asked if they had a record of any other FMC/Bolens colours and asked about availability in the US and UK. They confirmed that they have no record of the two colours above which I means the only option is to scan a NOS part to find a close match. It's not all bad news as it confirms that the code is not going to give the answer and they did find a Bolens white called Ivory and they have supplied the details. Does anyone know what tractor this is used on?
If anyone can think of any other questions I should ask them please let me know.
Details of the reply send to me:
I have a PPG Brand Code 28069 for Bolens Tractor. It is called Ivory. It is the only white or for that matter, only color I show for Bolens Tractor. Unfortunately, I have no record of any kind on the Gold or the White with the number you show. The 28069 can be mixed in a number of different paint lines in the United States. Your friend can call 800-647-6050 and choose option 3 for Color Library to locate a paint Distributor in the US who can mix this paint.
In England, I do not know who can help you, and the paint is different in England than the US. You could go to a PPG Distributor and give them the 28069 number and see whether they can do anything with it in the paint lines they have available.
Otherwise, the only answer is trying to get a match for the color by taking a sample to a local Distributor and having them try to match it, either with chips or any equipment they have available to do so. In the US we have a machine called RapidMatch or a Spectrophotometer which will “read” a color sample and match to available paint formulas which are very close to the same color. I do not know if this is used in the UK, but suspect it is. Your friend in the US can definitely find a Distributor who has the ability to do this.
I hope this helps you.