40 foot boxcar colors?

Discussion in 'Boxcars' started by Boomer John, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Boomer John

    Boomer John Member

    I have assembled a decent fleet of Frisco boxcars for the West Bottoms layout. Most are undecorated and I have the decals in hand or on order. This is about 30% of the cars on the layout. Here is what I have in process:

    1 Tichy outside braced (undec)

    3 Red Caboose AAR (undec)

    1 Kadee PS1 (undec)

    2 Atlas 1934 USRA on order-August release (undec)

    2 Accurail outside braced (Frisco).

    I also have six Intermoutain and two MDC 36 foot reefers for the Armour plant (four to paint and decal) and two AMB cabooses to build. So a lot of time in the paint shop this summer.

    On all these undecorated cars what color red should I use for
    an early (small logo) paint job.

    As for the layout, I keep wanting to get more done before the first operating session, but I would guess thirty days. Rick, Mark, Keith, get ready.

    John |-|

    SAFN SAAP Member

    pick up for the info...

  3. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Believe it or not but I use Duplicolor Sandable Red Primer for wood cabooses and boxcars and it looks dead on. I spray it with the big ol spray can and it goes on swell with no runs, etc. I wouldn't have believed it but learned of this from Bill Hoss when he was with AMB.
  4. Brad Slone

    Brad Slone Member Frisco.org Supporter


    That sounds like a Johnny Bench commercial "No runs, No drips, No errors"! Oh wait, that was Krylon.
  5. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    I like Don's approach. As I recall, Railway Cyclopedia Three listed freight equipment colors numbers for popular vendor (Floquil, Accupaint, etc) for quite a few railroads including the Frisco. I'll go dig it out and have a look, too. Best, mike
  6. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Is there a Duplicolor (or other spray paint brand) color that would be a stand-in for Pullman green?

    Thanks, Tom

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