Originally Posted by MARTINSR
The one problem I have with it being called "Japan Black" is it goes against what I was told in that black is a bad luck color in the Japanese culture. There was never a black Japanese car for YEARS. Back in the seventies I painted a couple of brand new Dodge colts (Made in Japan) black because they didn't make them.
But that is just what I was told so it may not be true.
Brian Another name was Brunswick Black, but the most common name was Japan, or Japan black, I have no idea why, yet, I don't even think Japan has anything to do with it, The black color comes from the asphalt base, That color was used because it only took 48 hours to dry, other colors could be made but they took two weeks to dry, or up to two weeks.
It is also called Pontypool japan, it is a process of japanning with the use of oil varnish and heat which is credited to Thomas Allgood of Pontypool South Wales in the 17th century.