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Old 08-15-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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why are all main panels gray?


why was the ugliest possible color chosen for the main panel and can it be painted? why does no one make panels of a different color?

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Cutler-Hammer is beige if I recall.

You can paint them.

Just don't paint over the labels on the inside listing what breakers you can use.

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nah, man, i just bought a Cutler-Hammer and it is gray
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And what color would use suggest they be painted?
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Plaid would be nice
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Many panel covers ARE painted in businesses.

With that said, I would guess that would leave the panel manufacturers the choice of not painting, painting a specific color, and/or painting with something which will protect the metal from rusting and so forth.

I would think they would want to paint it with something to protect from rusting.
As for color, I would imagine they would want to use a "primer" color. Then people could easily paint it. Why primers are the colors they are, I have no idea?

Anyway I found the following which might be some reasons for this...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_...mers_for_metal
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The premium Cutler-Hammer is beige in color.
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Many panels I've seen are bright white. Siemens, and Square D Homeline can be ordered with white covers.

You WON'T find them at the home-horror stores, however.
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Most newer mobile home panels are white, some modulars as well.
Why are they all not white? Good question.
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why was the ugliest possible color chosen for the main panel and can it be painted?

They are grey because they are sad. They feel under appreciated.
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why was the ugliest possible color chosen for the main panel and can it be painted? why does no one make panels of a different color?
Just to piss off designers and people that think outside the box.
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Well....gray is a 'neutral' color. It's interesting to see how the shade of gray has changed over the years. I can tell somewhat how old a panel is by how dark the gray is....it seems the darker it is, the older it is.

Not everyone uses the same gray.....Hoffman is pretty much battleship gray....Weidmuller has a slightly darker gray...Ritell is almost white....

Allen Bradley MCC's are pretty much the same dark gray....with the new stuff just slightly lighter.....(that or the paint has just not agged yet).

What's nice about that gray....easy match....

If you don't like gray....Hoffman will paint it any color you want.......for a price.

Just realized you guys were talking about load centers....so.....are some of the real old load centers a darker gray?

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I wonder if they will ever make covers out of clear lexan or something .... that would be coooooollllll ... then every one would be scared to death of having messy wiring and would take the time to make the wiring neat.....
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They are neither black or white. They are grey. You know...,somewhere in between.

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