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Something I noticed during the college exhibitions recently were the many varied colors of gold on helmets. Watching any one gold-helmeted team, you could perhaps lead yourself to beieve Vanderbilt, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Tulsa, Purdue, Washington, Notre Dame all had the same tone of gold on their helmets, but they are VERY different. Yellowy, greeny, orangy... all sorts of colors.

(is gold the second-most popular helmet color after white? I'm just guessing)

Florida State and Vandy- (inthe background is Tulsa, I believe)

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Colorado and Notre Dame

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UCLA and Washington

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UCF

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Texas State

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Pantone, any chance for some demos of the different golds? I know that Vandy, GT, UCLA are particularly different.

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I love this topic. Every now and then, I search for school Pantone colors, and add them to a list I've made, and then I take photos of the actual team, and find the closest visual pantone colors to add to the list as well. The slight variations between official Pantone colors and the colors that appear on the field is interesting to me.

So far, I've concluded that Vanderbilt and UCLA use the brightest, yellowest gold. Colorado also uses a bright, yellowish gold. Florida State is a little darker, a little less bright. Notre Dame appears to use a coppery, warm gold. That's such a beautiful color. I love Missouri's gold, too, although they don't rock a gold helmet. It's a very intense, dark gold. Washington looks to use a light, but warm gold. I'm very interested to see what PANTONE has to offer on the subject.

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Vandys certainly looked very yellowy, Notre Dame slightly green, and Tulsa more of a coppery gold.

I find it very interesting, the different interpretations of the metalic paint on the helmets. I'm sure some of the schools have a pantone that is really more for print or fabric, and the suppliers have their own interpretation for painting helmets.

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Vandys certainly looked very yellowy, Notre Dame slightly green, and Tulsa more of a coppery gold.

I find it very interesting, the different interpretations of the metalic paint on the helmets. I'm sure some of the schools have a pantone that is really more for print or fabric, and the suppliers have their own interpretation for painting helmets.

While I'm no fan of Notre Dame, I have read many places (and also saw a small TV spot during an NBC telecast) that they make up their own gold paint that includes actual gold dust. Their equipment managers used to paint the helmets themselves, but now I believe they send them out to a nearby reconditioner. According to this piece they repaint them prior to every game.

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