PPG code QDE227 - blue
This blue automotive paint color is most commonly known as Boatswain Blue. Another common paint color promotional name is Blue. The color formulation has been used between 1933 and 1969, primarily by Chevrolet; but also by Fruehauf, Frito-Lay, GMC, and Ford. We have records of this color appearing on the following models: Fruehauf Truck, Chevy Truck, Chevrolet Special Order / Fleet, Chevrolet, Ford Special Order / Fleet, and GMC. See the full detailed list below.

QDE227 is a paint code for PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) who has been providing automotive paints since 1924 (originally Ditzler Color Company subsidiary acquired in 1928). PPG/Ditzler codes starting with the letters "QDE" indicate a Quick Drying Enamel which was used before 1940. Another Ditzler paint code which is equivalent to QDE227 is 10039. Ditzler code 10039 is a more modern code which is more likely to have paint mixed up from.


Example of the color PPG QDE227
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Usage list of PPG paint code QDE227 (more information)
yearmakemodelcodepaint namecomment
1933ChevroletChevrolet140Boatswain Blueupper & lower, wheels Black
1934ChevroletChevy Truck159,208Boatswain Blue
1934GMCGMC159,208Boatswain Blue
1935ChevroletChevy Truck159,208Boatswain Blue
1936ChevroletChevy Truck269Boatswain Blue
1936ChevroletFleet269Boatswain Bluecommercial vehicles
1937ChevroletChevy TruckBoatswain Blue
1938ChevroletChevy Truck269Boatswain Blue
1938ChevroletFleetBoatswain Bluecommercial vehicles
1939ChevroletChevy Truck269Boatswain Blue
1940ChevroletChevy Truck269Boatswain Blue
1941ChevroletChevy Truck269,T195Boatswain Blue
1942ChevroletChevy Truck269,T265Boatswain Blue
1944ChevroletFleetBoatswain Blue
1946ChevroletChevy Truck269,234MBoatswain Blue234M combo
1950FleetBoatswain BlueDitzler Book, Fruehauf
1950FruehaufTruckBlue
1951FruehaufTruckBlue
1952FruehaufTruckBlue
1953FruehaufTruckBlue
1954FruehaufTruckBlue
1955FruehaufTruckBlue
1956FruehaufTruckBlue
1957FruehaufTruckBlue
1958FruehaufTruckBlue1952-63
1959FruehaufTruckBlue1952-63
1960FruehaufTruckBlue1952-63
1964FordFleetMX700565BlueDupont form A-33538-20M-12-63
1969FleetBlueDupont Fleet Book
1969FleetFrito-LayBlueDupont Fleet Book, Atlanta Georgia

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