Mower Colours


This section contains a list of mowers and the colour to use when restoring them. Information is only added after it has been checked and verified by at least two members of the club to help ensure accurate colour matches.

We cannot guarantee that the colours specified are an exact match to the original "ex-factory" colours. We only list machines where it has been possible to check original paintwork against appropriate colour "swatches". However, the colour of paint can change slightly over the time spans involved.

Make Model Cutting Width Cutter Colour Frame Colour
Atco 12" Standard HY 12 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco 14" Standard 14 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco 14" Standard HY 14 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco 16" Standard 16 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco 18" Standard 18 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco 22" Standard 22 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco 30" Standard 30 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco 30" Standard 30 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco De Luxe N Type 16 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco Heavyweight 24 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco Heavyweight 30 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco Heavyweight 36 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco Middleweight 28 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco Standard "Oval Frame" 22 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco Standard 24 24 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Atco Standard 24 24 1085Y85R S5040G30Y
Automower Various Red S8020G30Y
Dux Dux S2060G40Y
Excelsior Monarch Red J3.38.32
Folbate J1 S3560G30Y
Greens Various Greens Pre-1930
Greens Various John Deere Green
Hilltop S5540G20Y
Invincible S4040G30Y
JP Various BS381 C223 Medium Bronze Green
JP Various BS381 C222 Light Bronze Green
Lloyds Pennsylvania Red K1.44.23
Mowrite S6030B70G
Pierce S6030B70G
Qualcast Sixteen 16 Red S4040G30Y
Ransomes Patent Chain Automaton Red S4030G30Y
Ransomes Various Red John Deere Green
Ransomes Various Red Ransomes Green
Shanks Jehu 20 Red S6030G30Y
Tondix 1085Y85R


Many older mowers were painted using lead based paints that are no longer generally available and we advise collectors to use a modern synthetic finish to obtain appropriate results.

We have chosen the Natural Colour System (NCS) notation to provide colour information because it is widely supported by paint manufacturers and suppliers. The colours we suggest are our best estimate based on examination of mowers in original condition to obtain a match using NCS colour cards. The NCS logo is a trademark of the Scandinavian Colour Institute AB. NCS - Natural Colour System and the NCS notations are the property of the Scandinavian Colour Institute AB.

Where an NCS number is not given, the notes column will show which manufacturer's code or name is used. An alternative NCS reference is given wherever possible.

In some cases a simple name may be given for the colour (eg red). In these cases, any suitable colour can be used. Red, for example, is often used for cutting cylinders and other moving parts. Signal Red or Post Office Red is often a close enough match for most applications.