Hi Bruce and List Members.
I also had my first experience using Tru-Color
Paint in recent days. I purchased one bottle each of TCP-822 FLAT RAILROAD TIE
BROWN and TCP-830 FLAT RAIL BROWN.
I was quite unhappy with what I got.
Here is what I found...
(1) The instructions say that each of these is
supposed to be ready to brush right out of the bottle (instructions indicate
this is true for all the 800-series Tru-Color paint). When opened, I found that
the FLAT RAIL BROWN bottle was reasonable full, and the paint within had a
reasonable viscosity. The bottle of FLAT RAILROAD TIE BROWN was only about 1/2
full, and the paint was noticably much thicker in terms of viscosity. There was
no visible indication that the bottle had been previously used or opened before
I bought it. But I have to wonder - why the huge difference in thickness? And
why was it only half full? Did one of them evaporate due to an incomplete seal
of the bottle at the factory? I was somewhat surprised by this, but I do wonder
if maybe the plastic bottles and caps provided don't seal as tightly as they
(2) I went ahead and used them anyway as-is. The
FLAT RAILROAD TIE BROWN was brushed onto the metal rails of some clean new
track. The FLAT RAIL BROWN was painted onto the ties. While the colors looked
good as they went on, the thickness of the FLAT RAILROAD TIE BROWN was a bit of
an issue. I went back and looked at things once the paint had fully dried, and I
saw that both dried to a mildly glossy finish. By no stretch of my imagination
was this a FLAT finish, yet both colors specifrically say they are a FLAT finish
paint - sez so right in the name of the color!
(3) Once fully cured, I found that the FLAT RAIL
BROWN paint did not stick very well to the metal rails - if you breathe on it
the wrong way the paint falls right off - argh! I will say that the (incredibly
unbelievably tiny, almost microscopically small) directions for use printed on
the bottle say "Primers can be used on metals and plastics, if desired", but I
read this as telling me that primers are OPTIONAL, not required for these
I looked over their web site at https://trucolorpaint.com/products/paint/
and did not find any obvious place that contained directions for use, or hints
for a good finish, no recommendations for primers nor what surfaces might need
priming, I did not even find a recommeded thinner!
As I mentioned, I bought these from my LHS, they
cost $6.19 per bottle there, so for this price I kinda expected the paint to
work as advertized
So far, I am entirely disappointed - I give the
paint a letter grade of D- and I give the web site a letter grade of
If I'm doing something wrong, would someone kindly
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THAT IS!
Thanks in advance - Claus Schlund
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Sent: Friday, July 31, 2020 2:35 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Tru Color was ]
Vallejo box car red from micro-Mark
used Tru-Color for the 1st time last night and today. There is definitely a
learning curve with every new paint, but so far I'm mystified. I bought
TCP-019, Santa Fe Brown, to paint a Bx-31 boxcar. This is supposedly a paint
that needs no thinner. Using my Badger 200/210, I could not get it to airbrush
at all. I added Tru-color thinner 1:1 and sort of got it to work but it was
still really reluctant to flow. I tried at my normal 23 psi and at 30 psi. I
did get the car painted and I like the finish, but I feel like it happened
more by forcing it than by getting decent airbrush action.
it the airbrush? I can try my old badger 150 dual action, but I am reluctant
because paint drying in the airbrush is clearly and issue.
it the PSI? I did see one post where the poster went to 35-40 psi.
I need to thin even more than 1:1?
Frankly I am so pleased to have Tru-Color
paint available in even more colors
than my late friend George Bishop provided for us in his
line of Accu-Paint that is
the exact same paint from the same supplier that George used
after Floquil tried to
give him a hard time. I know that story all to well and
never bought Floquil after
that. Tru-Color has expanded the line and offers the same
great paint I’ve used since
George first offered it as the new form of Accu-Paint. Even
Gordon Cannon used the
same Accu-Paint in Erie-Lackawanna Gray to paint all samples
of his products before
photographing them for advertising purposes, suggesting that
I do the same with the
NERS “Pullman Parts” line, many of which he cut the molds
for and did the molding
before his untimely loss. So why put up with the hassle of
trying to figure out what color
you are really getting when some supplier sells the same
paint to several other sellers
each of whom put a different label on it? This is nonsense.
I’ve never had such trouble
Tru-color and have been very pleased with the way it handles
and helps me keep the
freight cars of my choice rolling our of the car shop
properly painted. I’ve know very
few modelers who have learned how to use Tru-Color properly
who have ever been
satisfied with any other model paint they have tried on
resin or styrene models. Try it.
Learn how to use it properly and you’ll swear by it.
No, I have no financial involvement with
Tru-Color but would be lost without it.
Cordially, Don Valentine