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.



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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 · [[List of paintable items (All class items)|Error {{class name}}: needs parameter 1 defined as a class.]]

List of unpaintable items

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

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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 .

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.

July 8, 2014 Patch


  • 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.


  • The "216-190-216" paint is a reference to the RGB representation of the color.
  • 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 Zephaniah's Greed is referencing the rich Zephaniah Mann, father of Redmond and Blutarch the owners of team Red and Blu.


Single color paints

Team color paints


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