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How to Use GCI Military Standard Vehicle Paints

Whether you are planning a full restoration or just a partial with fresh paint, look no further than AJP for a full range of military GCI paints. GCI is the most trusted military paint in the industry today. With decades of experience in this industry, Army Jeep Parts is the United States’ oldest supplier of Gillespie Coatings, Inc. military enamel paints. AJP & GCI is your winning combination!

When you use Gillespie Coatings to paint your Jeep, you have over 45 years of knowledge, quality, and reputation behind you. We sell 13 different color codes of Gillespie paints:

●       Red Oxide III

●       AJP

●       319

●       24087

●       24052

●       30277

●       33070

●       34052

●       34079

●       34087

●       33446

●       34094

●       30051

So what do you do once you get your paint? Here, we share the application process you should follow to ensure that your paint goes on without any issues.

Gillespie Coatings, Inc. Paint Application Process

When you’re painting with any of our Gillespie Coatings paints, we encourage you to take your time, use a respirator, and enjoy the process. We also suggest that you reduce your paint with a synthetic or acrylic enamel at a ratio of 2 (paint):1 (reducer). It is critical to mechanically shake and stir GCI before use. Many GCI colors have high levels of flatting agents which tend to fall out of suspension first when stored, so a good shaking & stirring is critical.  Here are some suggestions we offer as you’re painting:


When using any GCI product, please make sure your surfaces are clean and free of any contamination (oils/waxes). We recommend using a high-quality degreaser to ensure this. GCI can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed. For the best results, use a HVLP spray gun. The temperature to apply these paints must be above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, 60-75 degrees is the ideal range. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call or email us.


You should wait 30 to 60 minutes for the paint to be dry to the touch. For a tack-free finish, your paint will take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours (temperature will affect this significantly). It will be dry after 12 to 16 hours, but it takes a full 30 days for a 100% cure. We recommend 2-3 coats of both the primer and final color. Time between coats will vary, but a range of 20 min to 1 hour is safe.

AJP & GCI — The Winning Combination!

We ship Gillespie Coatings, Inc. paints across the United States in boxes of one, two, or four gallons (though you can purchase them in aerosol cans as well). If you choose to order 12 or more gallons of paint at one time, please call for a truck freight quote which can save quite a bit in shipping costs. Please keep in mind, however, that because the United States DOT categorizes our paint as a ORM-D consumer commodity, we cannot offer priority shipping or any form of air shipments.

At Army Jeep Parts, we believe in using the best parts possible. That’s why we go above and beyond to offer the highest-quality products for your vintage Jeep. To place an order for any of our military standard paints, visit our paint products page. To learn more about our military Jeep parts, continue browsing our site or call (215) 269-5014.