Why is it that all service panels and disconnects I see (except for Cutler hammer, I think) are gray? I was thinking that it maybe makes it heat resistant or something ???? This one has always puzzled me. Anyone know the backgound on the colors?
9Edited because I put some test stuff at the bottom of this message)
[This message has been edited by sparked (edited 10-16-2003).]
At this point I think Grey is preferred to the white that the painters made a couple of my panels... Door, case, breakers, wires... They didn't mask it off to well. The replacement of the 2 panels may cost more than what they were paid to repaint the rooms. They are required to pay to fix their mistake.
Considering that many people paint right over the fuse & breaker boxes in their apartments, the manufacturers probably see no sense in "wasting money" putting out multiple colour lines.
The breaker box (about 30 or 40 years old) in my mom's 1949 apartment building is encrusted with coats of paint so that the catch is jammed and the door doesn't swing down fully.
The door to the old fuse box in my 1940s building is also encrusted with paint. The electricians turned it into a junction box (with the stupid door still swinging wide open so you can see the wires) when they wired in the new breaker box with additional 20 amp service.
The General Electric-brand breaker box in my flat is still its factory grey but I've been in other apartments where the residents -- including my friend across the hallway -- have just painted RIGHT OVER the silly thing (obscuring the labels and everything)!!!
In my friend's defense, though, she moved in and the place was already painted, so I can't accuse her of painting the panel door. But when she decides to repaint I guess there's no choice but to paint over the existing paint....
[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 10-17-2003).]
Gray is a pretty universal primer color. Since paint doesn't qualify as corrosion protection, they just want to cover everything with a surface that will likely be painted anyway. A $3 can of spray paint and a little masking tape will give you about any shade you want. Service entrance equipment can be made to almost disappear if painted the same color as the house. I've always been suprised by people who do a nice job on the load center in the pantry and leave all that ugly gray stuff on the outside wall.