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Grinder Colour

Discussion in 'Grinders' started by ToddR, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Hi all. I've been working on putting together a new Sayber (thanks Dan) grinder. I mean, I'm not very far along. My garage is an inferno. I need a cattle barn fan or something. My wife won't let me air condition it.

    Anyway, in an attempt to curb my tendency for analysis paralysis, I'd like to jump a few steps and ask for your input on what colour to paint it. I know, very subjective topic but, really - I will struggle with this forever if I don't get some suggestions. Just the way my brain works, or doesn't work. I'm leaning toward a makita blue. I've been a long time Makita fan so I figure... (oops, did i just start a new thread? Tool war s2018 - ding ding!!)

    All I know is that I don't want to do grey. That's like the most boring colour a guy could pick to paint a grinder. Especially something cheesy like a hammer finish grey.

    (j/k - you know that right Dan?)
     
  2. Jester4t7

    Jester4t7 New Member

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    Nothing wrong with Makita colors IMHO. Better than yellow & black. (Fans flames just a little)
     
  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Agreed. Certainly not bright Milwaukee red. I want this thing to work for more than a few months. : )
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hey some careful planning went into my colour choice. It was as close to metallic dust as I could find. ;)

    The paint I used it good quality. They do offer other colours in this line, but nothing flashy. The copper looks kind of cool but that's a colourful as they get in this line.
    https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/universal/universal-hammered-spray-paint
    Personally I am a fan of the old hammered greens, turquoises and blues like 1950's shop machines. Makita colour sort of fits in there.

    One guy visited my blog and sent me a photo of his grinder. He lives in a rural agricultural area and his local hardware store was well stocked with Ford blue, Massey Ferguson red, Kubota orange, John Deere yellow. So he used some of each. LOL

    [​IMG]

    Dan
     
  5. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Heheh... of course, i'm pulling your leg. I do love the hammered look and absolutely love the mid century turquoise (i will only a 50's era 5 window Chev truck one day) colour. And of all the people to cast stones about colour, it shouldn't be me. My first grinder was bright red and bright yellow. I referred to it as hotdog stand colours. Just loud as loud can be. This all reminds me, I forgot to post my Makita box light. I will take a pic tonight when it's dark so you can all get the full effect. I'm rather proud of the job i did on that. Anybody know where i can find more old tool box lights or demo displays - that sort of thing? I enjoyed that little resto. It was a couple of days and the entire time I wasn't pressed for time and I could see the beginning and end the entire time. Nice to have a project like that every now and again. Builds your confidence and esteem up : ) Truth be told, I am partial to the black and yellow combo too. It's pretty sweet. I just can't escape the idea that it will run so much better and perform more reliably if it's Makita blue. It's a science thing - proven fact.
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    ToddR,

    I have to disagree with the Makita blue thing. It's not that I don't like Makita, but I do like science, and that guy on TV who talks about science a lot. It's understood that many psychologists have studied the impact of colours on the human psyche over the years. Their research has indicated that red colours increase appetite, aggression, and a host of other grunty mammalian desires. Blood, lipstick, raw meat, mmmm, sounds delicious. Guess why? :) Because the Milwaukee Tool Company says so! That's why.

    Light blue, on the other hand is a passivating hue. Prison cells are painted light blue in an effort to reduce aggression among the inmates and towards the guards. Ever try laying on the grass and gazing up at the blue sky on a peaceful summer day? Or looking out over a beautiful blue lake? Ahhh, I want my cordless drill to make me feel relaxed like this...NOT!

    Yellow is a cautionary colour. Many insects and snakes exhibit yellow as a warning to us predators, wasps are a perfect example. Maybe not a bad idea for a belt grinder to keep one on one's toes. DeWalt doesn't have that kind of venom.

    So that leaves us with green. (I skipped pink for obvious reasons.) Green means go...Metabo.

    So the answer to the original post is...green.

    Totally Edgar Cayce scientifical. Oil of smoke in the third drawer on the right science. I promise.
     
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  7. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I too have studied colour psychology (on Wikipedia – just now) and while I am with you on some of this, the data doesn’t support all of your claims entirely and i have to, respectively, disagree with some. While red is the colour of aggression, lust, and excitement, it is also the colour of love. That’s just not a relationship I’m ready to commit to with my grinder. While I do love my grinder – I’m not “in love” with it. ( It’s not my grinder – it’s me ).

    I understand orange to be the colour of appetite. I do like oranges but I’m not a fan of “orange tools” no matter how many home depot puts on sale. (why are they always on sale anyway – isn’t that suspicious)

    I agree with you on the yellow. While yellow can mean competence, black and yellow is the colour of the Bruins, Penguins and Steelers and – therefore, ipso facto - is an incompetent colour. I mean, that’s just common sense.

    Brown is rugged. But so many gross things are brown in colour, let’s leave it at that. Transitive property at work. Simple math.

    Now black is interesting. It is the colour of things that are expensive and sophisticated. I’d also go for the punk rock, heavy metal, ride hard and live free feeling. But it’s a little too dark, kinda gloomy. You don’t want to be bummed out while making sharp things with power tools. Not a good plan. Besides – Mastercraft Maximum ? Nuff’ said.

    I copy you on the green. I’m a fan of Metabo and Festool. That’s why they use green though because it reminds you of all the money you spent buying their tools. And the Hulk ruined green for me. It’s the colour of rage for me – not red. The Hulk is cool but I don’t get the impression he’d be a finesse guy in the shop.

    So really, I’m back to blue. The colour of masculine competence. I mean, that’s me all over : ) All this time, it wasn’t the quality I loved. It was the statement my tools said about me. Huh… who knew. Also denotes high quality and corporate things (that last one I shoulda left out I guess). Looks like blue is the clear winner.

    Besides, really, Makita blue is more of a teal or an aquamarine. The combination of blue and green. Competence, masculinity, high quality and good taste. So when you conclude “green”, I hear ya, you're half right – but I raise you a “blue and green”. It’s chips and dip. Gretzky and Kurri. Rice and Montana. Rice and Young. Rice and beans. Beans and weiners. It’s really more of a pseudo science I think. You gotta know stuff about comics and sports and - all kinds of esoteric nonsense to understand what colour makes the best power tools : )

    I thought I’d get a few Dewalt groupies all riled up. Maybe a Porter cable fan too. Probably too busy looking for tool sales. This has not raised the debate i was hoping for. It's also a much closer look inside my head than my Dr's probably thought anybody should ever have.
     
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  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Green + Blue. Go with a hammered turquoise, if for nothing more than the fact that it's hard to spell and has 55% vowels. Speaking of 55, my Dad had a turquoise 1955 Ford Crown Victoria. Still talks about 'er all the time. Apparently, being in love with machines is not all that bad. Bahahaha!
     
  9. Brad

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    Mine is a carefully aged patina of mill scale, rust and grime.
     
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  10. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Blue doesn't work for me. Too corporate, which, to me, denotes waste and inefficiency.

    Pink, on the other hand, has it all. High visibility and contrast in any shop light. It is a motivating colour, promoting action and denoting all things stalwart and masculine. Having studied colour, you will know of course that until as recently as the early 1900s, blue was for girls, bespeaking gentle softness and demure quiet. Whereas pink was the choice colour for real men of action.
     
  11. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    You know, I'm comfortable enough with myself, I just may go pink. Let's see, the singer Pink - not my favorite but she's okay, Pinky Tuscadero - from Happy Days, Pinky and the Brain, Bazooka Joe Bubble gum. I was recently considering going with just a clear coat too. Maybe do the rat-rod look. (given that i'm assembling this thing myself - rat-rod may actually cover up some of the sins)
     
  12. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    You mentioned rat rod. Black with teal flames.
    [​IMG]
    My brother had a '55 Ford F100 in scheme. Damn cool if you ask me.
     
  13. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Oh wow!! That's just spectacular. Love that colour combination. I always wanted an old hot rod (or rat rod - something along those lines) with flames like this. Just crazy cool. But not on a truck. Doesn't seem like it belongs to me (maybe i have this subconscious thing that trucks are utility vehicles ??) It's a total arbitrary Seinfeld-ian rule, i know.

    On a side note, I think I'm going to replace my old truck (when it gives up the ghost) for a classic. Likely something mid to late 50's GM or a 62-64 Ford. Those are the ones I keep going back to. Absolutely would love a 59 Cameo but I'd feel stupid driving it to the dump. Fits with my curmudgeon-esque traits and disdain for modern disposable products (esp. the ones that aren't supposed to be disposable).

    I really do need to get back to posting about knives at some point : )
     
  14. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Knives? Hahaha!

    Brother's truck wasn't really a truck, it was more of an accident waiting to happen. 400+ horsepower from a naturally aspirated stroker small block, the front end was transplanted from a 1976 Plymouth Volare, very little weight and two bald tires. He got smart and sold it for a real truck. :)
     
  15. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Continuing down the off-topic rathole, my very first vehicle was a '53 Ford half-ton, painted in pink primer. I loved that thing, quirks and all.
     

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