Re: Painting black - was Painting X-3 deck

Brian Carlson

PWIW I like Poly Scale Nato Tri Color Black. How it compares to the others, I have no idea, it's not as black as Poly Scale Black.
Brian Carlson

--- On Wed, 1/20/10, Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:

From: Bruce Smith <smithbf@...>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Painting black - was Painting X-3 deck
To: STMFC@...
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 7:41 AM


"Ned Carey" <nedspam@comcast. net> 01/19/10 11:15 PM >>>
Bruce turned me on to tarnished black years ago. But I am thinking it is
just a shade darker than I would like. Is there a pre-mixed "black" that
is a little lighter? I am open to any of the acrylics; Poly Scale,
Testors Model Master etc.

I am not familiar with cockpit interior black or Rubber which Greg
Martin uses. Are these darker or lighter than tarnished black (or grimy
black which is very close)?


Cockpit interior (model master) is very similar to steam loco black
(poly scale) in that both are good for "new" black paint but aren't
absolutely black, allowing details to be seen. I make my own match for
rubber with a 50:50 mix of one of those with tarnished black, so no, I
would see rubber as darker than tarnished black.

Elden's comment about the greeninsh caste to some of these is
interesting in that I think that poly scale grimy black has lost this
and is now almost identical to tarnished black. I once had an "old
timer" tell me that he painted his PRR steamers "grimy black". "Why
that WRONG", said I, the know-it-all neophyte, "They must be DGLE".
Well, the old formula was perfect for weathered PRR steam, with just a
hint of green ;^) I like to exploit the obvious greenish tint of some
of these for the spills on the sides of cars, especially poly scale oily
black. That caste seems to catch the nuance of wet liquid reflecting
surrounding colors, including the sky.

As for your need for an even lighter black... time to start mixing
paints <G>!

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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