I’m working on a couple more alien PADD kits that I’m hoping to find accurate paint colors for.
Based on my research, there are 3 main colors that are used: main body, buttons, and the side accents.
The main body is the same color as the Ferengi tricorder, as seen in TNG’s “First Born.” I don’t have a source for the original color, but some replicas used Rustoleum Rich Caramel Metallic with pleasing results. Unfortunately, I can’t find that color any more (it was last available on amazon in late 2015). I’ve contacted Rustoleum to check on the availability of the color. In the meantime, I see they do have a “Vintage Copper,” which may be a suitable substitute as well.
The button colors varied a little bit. In most of the photos I’ve found they appear to be a dark bronze color. I found that Rustoleum Dark Bronze Metallic is a suitable equivalent for this variant. The original drawings show that they were marked as “slightly darker than body,” meaning the buttons were lighter than the more common bronze buttons. Some references I found on TPZ said that Dupli-Color “Orange Mist Metallic,” which is a common equivalent used for some Bajoran props, is a good match for the lighter variant.
The side accents appear to be a brushed on gold or copper color. These accents are more subtle, so it’s hard to make out in many screencaps. I suspect a Testors or Timaya gold paint would be suitable.
Any additional information or suggestions for accurate paint codes would be greatly appreciated!