You might try a black or Santa Fe Mineral Brown wash to stain the wood rather than painting it an opaque color. You can always come back with the paint applied in protected areas only for variable effects. Or, if you don't like that result, use a subdued black such as Floquil Weathered Black. Above all, don't use an intense black such as Engine Black.
If you search the web, you can find pictures of the Chama, NM coaling tower, or other wooden coaling towers. Use these photos as painting guides.
From: al_brown03 <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 8:13:50 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Coaling Towers & black STMFCs
Detail will show A-O-K on a black STMFC if it's weathered a little. I
like to use "grimy black" or "weathered black" as my base color (as
opposed to "engine black", which will obscure detail) and go from
there. I imagine detail on a black coaling tower would behave
Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups. com, "John Mateyko" <rattler21@. ..> wrote:
coaling tower a color other than flat black? With all the detailin a
coaling tower that is hidden when a coat of black is applied, I amWax.
Either one would bring out the details of the walls of the bin and
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