If comparing GOLDEN’s Neutral Gray series to the Munsell® Grey Scale that they are based on, you might quickly realize that one step is missing – namely N9, the Munsell® gray that is one step below pure white. And clearly the natural question is why?
When the Neutral Grays were first created it was felt that N9 was such a light gray, and so easily approximated by a blend of N8 and Titanium White, that adding it to the series did not provide a lot of value in terms of meeting customer demand. While that has proven fairly true over the years, the question actually does come up from time to time.
If you are an enthusiast or follower of the Munsell® system, and need this color for your work, there are a couple of approaches one can take depending on just how exact you need the match to be. Our Custom Lab, for example, can create almost any color you can imagine in a very precise, controlled, and repeatable way. However, this could add both color matching and custom mixing fees, so not always a good fit if you just need a small amount or have to create some on the fly. For those occasions, getting close might very well be close enough. In that case, as you can see in the accompanying image, a blend of seven parts Titanium White to one part Neutral Gray 8 can get you very close to Munsell® N9.