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    Worked in 2 machine shops with 2 tone paint on the walls. One was built in the 20's, with the top portion a brighter color than the bottom. Cannot remember the height of the dividing line between light and dark. Keep thinking there WAS a shop standard at the time for the division between the top color and bottom. Anyone here who can refresh my memory, as I am now insulating and painting my shop? Thinking about semi-gloss white for the top; contrasting color at the bottom. Maybe the dividing line at the top surface of my benches. Any and all opinions will be greatly appreciated; It will probably not be in ANY shade of green! I'm sure the standards of reflection has been upgraded. Thanks

  • #2
    Im partial to splitting it in thirds. Bottom 1/3 dark. Upper two thirds light. WWMSD?

    What would Martha Stewart do?


    • #3

      That's cute; evidently, you have no idea what I meant.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Millman
        That's cute; evidently, you have no idea what I meant.
        I'm sure I dont. Subtlety is lost on me. I must have missed a thread somewhere along the line. *shrug


        • #5
          Big Time?

          Shooting for the BIG 10,000 are you?


          • #6
            Will you post a congratulatory thread for me if I do?


            • #7
              Naw, probably not.


              • #8
                I didnt think so.

                Moving along now.

                Enjoy your thread.


                • #9
                  Thanks for your colorful contributions to my question. May you and yours have an excellent Sunday.


                  • #10
                    I'm still not sure what you are talking about. I figured you were joking.

                    (Edited to add: The "big grin" next to your topic lead me to believe you were just joking. Had you responded with a little enlightenment rather than questioning my age Im sure my response would have been MUCH different. It is rather difficult to gage ones tone through written dialog.)

                    What can I say, I'm young and naive. My high-school shop had flat white masonary walls IIRC. I have no further exposure to machine shop environments.

                    I did manage to find a few pictures of two-tone shops but they are each done differently. Interesting to say the least. I take it this is done to minimize light reflection on machined surfaces?

                    Last edited by Schutzhund; 04-30-2006, 07:18 AM.


                    • #11
                      I had white semigloss with the bottom 5 feet being a light grey gloss. I often wanted to add a line of yellow, say 1 brick wide, just for color.


                      • #12
                        I'd say it is because machinists don't have ladders, and don't want to be painters but they will paint if they have to.

                        Also shop foreman tend to be tall. This line helps in spotting the approach of the foreman in your peripheral vision.


                        • #13
                          I can't exactly answer your question as to the height split, but the other thing to bear in mind is that colour can play an important part too.

                          Below is a picture of the factory at my small injection moulding company. I had it repainted about 2 years ago from the bog standard industrial pale grey. We chose the blue to try and promote a more relaxed and thoughtful atmosphere in the place and it actually worked! Productivity went up and reject/scrap levels went down measured over a 3-month period.

                          Apparantly grey (as we had before) can give a depressing effect, red is over-stimulating and pale yellow can aid the thought process, with blue providing a calming effect. I usually tend to dismiss this stuff as psycho-babble but in this case it least they seem to be right.

                          Sadly the place is completely empty now having closed down this Friday.



                          • #14
                            First, as can be seen in Schutzhunds first picture. Notice the line of splatter behind the lathe chuck. The dark paint helps hide that.

                            The idea actually comes from what used to be done to the outside of structures.

                            In olden times there were no sewers. Waste and drain water ran down the gutters that were at the front doors.

                            When horses and wagons went past they would splatter this up against the building. Painting a dark section on the lower part of the walls helped hide it.

                            Another thing that used to done was they way the inside of poorer peoples houses were painted. It was used to simulate the wainscoating in rich peoples houses.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Schutzhund
                              I'm sure I dont. Subtlety is lost on me. I must have missed a thread somewhere along the line. *shrug

                              Oh man, you just made my day! I haven't seen the pancake bunny in AGES!!! Oh this is awesome, man, thanks a lot! Woohoo!

                              (Fruitcat next anyone? )
                              You never learn anything by doing it right.