Re: Railroad colors and the demise of Floquil
Pantone (PMS) and Munsel systems are commonly used by those of us doing restoration feasibility studies, but there are issues.toggle quoted message Show quoted text
Pantone was developed for printer's ink... and until recently when extended to paint (and fabric) was too limited for what we do... It has gotten better recently... but the best match for "pullman color" is still a version of black.
Munsel, developed for architects covered a bigger range of color, but is not common, so while it may accurately describe a color, it is difficult to make it useful in the real world.
Alternately, we can preserve samples of materiel, either "drift cards", Samples of original material with paint, or match cards made using modern artist paints, on a stable media... this preserves accurate information, but is hard to disseminate (you need to have access to the physical sample).
So, in any case, there are two issues, 1) accurately recording the color, and 2) making that information available.
A color formula is not a good way of describing a color... it will always be subject to changes or abandonment of the paint system in question.
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