Re: Railroad colors and the demise of Floquil

Tom Birkett <tnbirke@...>


Direct to metal freight car enamel. DuPont. Also Mobil and others.
Tom Birkett

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2013 9:33 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Railroad colors and the demise of Floquil

Railroad color chip like from dupont paint give you a display look of a
railroad color dupont like most paints today are *Acrylic back in the 1930
to 60's was ** Enamel
*base paints

* tom

On Sun, May 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM, Don Burn <burn@...> wrote:


With all the discussion of the demise of Floquil it got me wondering
has anyone ever considered recording railroad colors in a paint
independent way? The latest announcement is not the first time we have
lost a paint line, and with concerns about lacquers in some places we
may be barred more options in the future. Even before Floquil's demise
the concerns about color drift of the product have been expressed on this

So the question is has anyone ever considered Pantone or some other
independent scheme for denoting the colors. I am particularly thinking
of folks with paint chips or other data that represents the real color.

I realize that a large number of factors from fading and weathering of
the prototype, the type of film that was used to take the photo, all
the way to the type of lighting on a layout impact our color
perception but having a basis to start would help.

A lot of us base our formula on an article about building a model of a
particular car, or someone's published mix for a particular railroads
color. With the loss of Floquil a lot of these sources have been
invalidated, and as we build up new approaches perhaps figuring
something not dependant on a paint manufacturer should be considered.

Don Burn

*Thomas j Cataldo*


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