Paint Can

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The Paint Can is a tool that allows players to change the coloring of most Cosmetic items. Paint Cans are available in 29 different colors, and can either be purchased from the Mann Co. Store, found via the item drop system, obtained by opening Mann Co. Supply Crates, using a Mann Co. Painting Set, or acquired through the Trading system.

Two types of Paint Cans exist; single-colored and team-colored. Items painted with single-color paints retain the appearance of one color regardless of the player's team, whereas a team-colored paint will switch between RED and BLU variant colors.

Paint can be removed from an item to restore it to its default color by selecting the item in the Backpack and clicking 'Restore'. However, the paint used on the item will not be returned to the player.

The Mann Co. Painting Set can be used to receive up to three single-color paints.

Demonstration

Paintable item previews

The following pages display previews of items painted with Paint Cans. Hover over any image to display the name of the paint that was used.

Note: Images may not exactly match the examples depicted here, as in-game lighting conditions may vary. For team-colored items, the RED model skin has been used, meaning that the painted item may appear differently when worn on the BLU team (with the exception of team-colored paints, in which both the RED and BLU versions are displayed).
Paintable item previews:
Leaderboard class scout.png · Leaderboard class soldier.png · Leaderboard class pyro.png · Leaderboard class demoman.png · Leaderboard class heavy.png · Leaderboard class engineer.png · Leaderboard class medic.png · Leaderboard class sniper.png · Leaderboard class spy.png · All classes

List of unpaintable items

The following cosmetic items cannot have paint applied to them using Paint Cans.

† Indicates an item that is set for paint to be applied, but the ability is disabled.


Colors

Single colors
Picture Name Color Availability Picture Name Color Availability
Paint Can 2F4F4F.png A Color Similar to Slate HEX #2F4F4F

RGB 47 79 79

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 729E42.png Indubitably Green HEX #729E42

RGB 114 158 66

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 7D4071.png A Deep Commitment to Purple HEX #7D4071

RGB 125 64 113

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can CF7336.png Mann Co. Orange HEX #CF7336

RGB 207 115 54

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 141414.png A Distinctive Lack of Hue HEX #141414

RGB 20 20 20

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can A57545.png Muskelmannbraun HEX #A57545

RGB 165 117 69

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can BCDDB3.png A Mann's Mint HEX #BCDDB3

RGB 188 221 179

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 51384A.png Noble Hatter's Violet HEX #51384A

RGB 81 56 74

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 2D2D24.png After Eight HEX #2D2D24

RGB 45 45 36

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can C5AF91.png Peculiarly Drab Tincture HEX #C5AF91

RGB 197 175 145

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 7E7E7E.png Aged Moustache Grey HEX #7E7E7E

RGB 126 126 126

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

Paint Can FF69B4.png Pink as Hell HEX #FF69B4

RGB 255 105 180

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can E6E6E6.png An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge HEX #E6E6E6

RGB 230 230 230

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 694D3A.png Radigan Conagher Brown HEX #694D3A

RGB 105 77 58

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can E7B53B.png Australium Gold HEX #E7B53B

RGB 231 181 59

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 32CD32.png The Bitter Taste of Defeat and Lime HEX #32CD32

RGB 50 205 50

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can D8BED8.png Color No. 216-190-216 HEX #D8BED8

RGB 216 190 216

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can F0E68C.png The Color of a Gentlemann's Business Pants HEX #F0E68C

RGB 240 230 140

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can E9967A.png Dark Salmon Injustice HEX #E9967A

RGB 233 150 122

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 7C6C57.png Ye Olde Rustic Colour HEX #7C6C57

RGB 124 108 87

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 808000.png Drably Olive HEX #808000

RGB 128 128 0

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 424F3B.png Zepheniah's Greed HEX #424F3B

RGB 66 79 59

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram tick.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

Team colors
Picture Name Color Availability Picture Name Color Availability
Paint Can 654740.png An Air of Debonair HEX #654740

RGB 101 71 64

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

Paint Can B8383B.png Team Spirit HEX #B8383B

RGB 184 56 59

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram tick.png  Uncrate

HEX #28394D

RGB 40 57 77

HEX #5885A2

RGB 88 133 162

Paint Can 3B1F23.png Balaclavas Are Forever HEX #3B1F23

RGB 59 31 35

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

Paint Can 803020.png The Value of Teamwork HEX #803020

RGB 128 48 32

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

HEX #18233D

RGB 24 35 61

HEX #256D8D

RGB 37 109 141

Paint Can C36C2D.png Cream Spirit HEX #C36C2D

RGB 195 108 45

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

Paint Can A89A8C.png Waterlogged Lab Coat HEX #A89A8C

RGB 168 154 140

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

HEX #B88035

RGB 184 128 53

HEX #839FA3

RGB 131 159 163

Paint Can 483838.png Operator's Overalls HEX #483838

RGB 72 56 56

Pictogram tick.png  Purchase

Pictogram cross.png  Drop

Pictogram cross.png  Uncrate

HEX #384248

RGB 56 66 72

Notes: The availability column shows the standard conditions. Any special, time-limited promotions that may be occurring in the Mann Co. Store are not and should not be included.


Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • Added paints: A Deep Commitment to Purple, Aged Moustache Grey, Australium Gold, Color No. 216-190-216, Indubitably Green, Mann Co. Orange, Muskelmannbraun, Noble Hatter's Violet, Peculiarly Drab Tincture, Radigan Conagher Brown, Ye Olde Rustic Colour, Zephaniah's Greed, An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge, and A Distinctive Lack of Hue.
  • [Undocumented] Added message for DirectX 8 users on painted hats that paint will not display correctly on their system.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • Added Remove Paint features.

November 19, 2010 Patch

  • Added paint: Team Spirit.

December 2, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed an issue where team-colored hats were showing up improperly when previewing the Team Spirit paint on them.

December 10, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added paints: Pink as Hell, A Color Similar to Slate, Drably Olive, The Bitter Taste of Defeat and Lime, The Color of a Gentlemann's Business Pants and Dark Salmon Injustice .

March 21, 2011 Patch

  • Blighted Beak was made paintable.
  • [Undocumented] Removed team colours from the Blighted Beak.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Fixed bug where DirectX 8 users could not view painted items.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • Added paints: An Air of Debonair, Balaclavas Are Forever, Cream Spirit, Operators Overalls, The Value of Teamwork, and Waterlogged Lab Coat.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed painted items that stay on ragdolls losing their custom color upon their owner's death.

June 27, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a problem with team paints not being displayed properly when playing.

July 1, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • Changed spelling of Zephaniah's Greed to Zepheniah's Greed.

July 20, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a display issue with team color paints.

July 29, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a problem with the application of team-colored paints.

August 2, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that caused team color paints to appear to be coming out of the wrong cans for the store icons.

January 17, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed paint preview not working for Mann Co. Store items.

January 26, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that would cause some Team Spirit painted hats to show as black-painted in the Steam Community.

February 23, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Mann Co. Store item previews for paints.
  • Updated item descriptions to contain the name of the paint used to color them.
  • [Undocumented] Added paints: A Mann's Mint and After Eight.

February 1, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed team paint previews not showing the colors in the backpack/store icons.

March 12, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Painting Set.

March 19, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed custom paint not showing in the tool tip when you mouse-over an item in your backpack.

March 27, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added A Mann's Mint and After Eight to the Mann Co. Store.

July 24, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed paint can icons not showing the Red/Blue colors correctly.

Bugs

  • When using the +quickswitch command to change a user's loadout, painted items are not differentiated from regular items; this means that if a user has multiple painted variants of the same hat, all the variants are ignored (+quickswitch only shows one entry per item to prevent duplicates taking excessive space) and just one entry appears in the +quickswitch panel.

Trivia

  • The "216-190-216" paint is a reference to the RGB representation of the hue.
  • Muskelmannbraun is the German word for "muscleman brown".
  • The Über Update added several Paint Can colors that were sampled from the existing player models. "The Value of Teamwork" was sampled from the cross on the Medic's backpack, "Waterlogged Lab Coat" from the Medic's coat, "Balaclavas Are Forever" from the Spy's mask, "An Air of Debonair" from the Spy's suit, and "Operator's Overalls" from the Engineer's overalls.
  • "Team Spirit" is based on the team-colored parts of the class icons, while "Cream Spirit" is based on the orange and yellow coloring on the class icons.
  • "Balaclavas Are Forever" is a reference to the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. A balaclava is the type of mask the Spy wears.
  • The backpack image for the brown paint can (which can be seen on Mann Co. Catalog) is a screenshot of a brown paint can model. The model was not distributed in the VPK, yet the textures are present.
  • The paint Zepheniah's Greed is referencing the rich Zepheniah Mann, father of Redmond and Blutarch the owners of teams Red and Blu.
  • The paint After Eight is based off the famous brand of after dinner mint-fondant-filled chocolate-thins called After Eight. The paint hue is identical to the hue of the wrappers for these chocolates. After Eight chocolates were designed for eating after dinner, hence the After Eight (P.M.) name.
    • A Mann's Mint is presumably also based off After Eight Chocolates.

Gallery

Single color paints

Team color paints

Other

External links