I have slowly been restoring my 1960 Swift 831. The tube has been painted with Rustoleum Biscuit Epoxy Enamel. Fortunately, the focuser and dew shield needed no attention. The OTA turned out very nicely. What was keeping me from finishing the project was finding a suitable paint for the brown parts of the scope and mount. There have been a number of different shades of green and other related colors, but most Swift mounts I've seen are fairly similar. The finish isn't a wrinkle type like the older Royal Astros, but there is a texture. I finally came across a very close match, some Rustoleum Multicolor Textured spray in a can. The texture is a bit grainier, almost a fine sand feel, but that also matches my old mount.
Here is a photo of two of the "space knobs". On the left is the original and the newly painted one is on the right. The match is excellent.
I also need some help from any Swift owners. The tripod legs were missing from my scope, but the ones from my 76mm Optica b/c work fine as do some from a similar 60mm mount. The problem is that neither pair fits into their place in the case. Could any one give me precise measurements for the 831 tripod legs? I'm sure the width and taper are different from any I already have. Thanks.