Vintage Spray Paint

Collectable Values

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Brand Color Circa Quality † Sold Price ** Est value * Date **
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Benzomatic Flat Black - 1 - -* 2015-04-05
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*Estimates are based upon the average sale price of similar products in brand, color, date and quality. The value of an item is really determined by what someone will pay for it.
** 'Sold Price' is the price that the item sold for on the 'date' provided.
† See 'Grade the Can below' for a summary of the grades.

How to identify

Grade The Can

To grade your can of paint, I recommend you head on over to the most passionate can collectors at Cap Matches Color. They have handled more vintage paint than anyone else and have developed a comprehensive grading system. The CMC grading system is extremely simplified below:

  • Grade A - perfect
  • 1++ - almost perfect
  • 1+ - few imperfections
  • 1
  • 1- - clean and found indoors
  • 2+ - rust beyond oxidation and one tear in the paper
  • 2 - poorest indoor condition and still has cap
  • 3 - Heavy spots, rust, scratches and more significant fade
  • 4 - May have holes, very poor condition, excessive spotting, but at least half of can is readable

Krylon

1951

  • No seam in the can.

1959

  • No warning on front of can.
  • Made by Foster & Kester

1966

  • Black script 'Borden' below 5-ball.
  • Made with both paper labels and litho.

1968

  • Pink filled 'Borden' below 5-ball and to the right.
  • Made with both paper labels and litho.

1979

  • Notchtop lid that has indent and is slightly taller than other lids.
  • Pink hallow 'Borden' below 5-ball and to the left.
  • 'Spray Paint' removed.

1986

  • Color & barcode stickers.
  • Made by Borden

1989

  • Color & barcode stickers.
  • Made by Borden

1991

  • Stripe added to bottom of can.
  • Flat 5-Ball
  • Made by Sherwin Williams

rustoleum

All rustoleum has the date printed on the can.

1959

  • Big face Scotty.
  • Small cap.
  • Color on bottom of front

1962

  • Big face Scotty.
  • Large cap.
  • Color on bottom of front

1967

  • 'Stops Rust' on bottom of front
  • Color on top of front

1983

  • 'Protects as it beautifies' on top
  • Color indicated with cap

1988

  • 'Protective coating' in center front with spray icon
  • Red squares behind 'Stops Rust'

1991

  • 'Premium' in serif font
  • Thinner red line at bottom front
  • Oval 'Stops Rust' near center front
  • Thinner red line at bottom front

1995

  • 'Premium' in serif font
  • Oval 'Stops Rust' in top 2/3rds front
  • Thicker red line at bottom front