Best paint to match Hallmark Meteor cars

Discussion in 'Electo-Motive Division (EMD)' started by friscomike, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Howdy folks,

    As I get nearer to my Texas Special and Meteor projects, I realize that there are a lot of colors available that seem near to the Hallmark TS and Meteor cars. Does anyone have experience or recommendations for paint that looks like a good match for the brass factory painted cars? I'm looking to paint the locomotives...

    Best,
    mike
     
  2. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Mike--I've heard the term "Fire Engine Red" and "Cardinal Red" used describing the Texas Special and Meteor equipment and the Pullman company in their literature regarding painting their cars for Meteor and Texas Special service refer to the color as "Pullman Red Enamel #70-60." If you can find the Pullman painting book by Arthur Dubin (Published by Kalmbach), it has color samples. Those are the only references I know of as such. If I were doing it, I'd get some color samples and "eyeball" it. I have an old Con-Cor N scale Texas Special set and whatever the (Many) shortcomings of that set are, I matched the color for some touch-ups with Testor's Signal Red and it covered the chipped spots perfectly. My two cents...

    Tom
     
  3. FriscoFriend

    FriscoFriend Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    Another 2-cents worth is that I agree with Tom's assessment on the use of Signal Red vs. say a Caboose Red as side by side Signal Red tends to revert to the yellow side of the color spectrum and Caboose Red the blue side. Pictures of the prototype look more to lean to that side of the spectrum, especially up next to the yellow trim.

    My two-cents!
     
  4. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Howdy,

    Thanks for the replies. I haven't used "Testors" paints, so needed to find out exactly which paint. A search of Testors' website revealed the color signal red was available in Pollyscale and Floquil enamel. Are these the paints to which you were referring?

    Best,
    mike
     
  5. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Testor's used to have "Signal Red" as one of their (own) enamel colors, but Floquil is one of Testor's brands now. I'd get a Floquil (Or Pollyscale etc.) chip and hold it up to your Hallmark or Walthers (PRR) car and see what pleases your eye.

    EDIT: I've just been surfing Testor's website and I don't see any "Signal Red" offered any more?? More of a reason to compare some samples visually and see what pleases you own eye.

    Tom
     
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  6. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    If memory serves, and Gordon can correct or confirm, I think I used Floquil Signal Red on his car that I painted and it was an excellent match.
     
  7. wmrx

    wmrx MP Trainmaster

    Testors' site shows Signal Red available as an enamel, SKU #F110065 and an acrylic, SKU #404091.
     
  8. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    JMO (just my opinion), I'd rather get this color in Testor's "Acryl" acrylic rather than the Polly Scale acrylic. I've had much better success with Acryl than with Polly Scale. JMO!

    Ken
     
  9. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Right, Floquil and Polyscale. Thanks. ~mike
     
  10. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter


    Howdy Ken, what do you like better about Acryl? I'm assuming your are referring to airbrushing. Best, mike
     
  11. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Mike - I've sprayed both Acryl and Polly Scale and prefer Acryl. It seems to cover better. But, for spraying, I would still prefer to use Testor's ModelMaster enamel over either acrylic. I don't spray Floquil any longer.

    Acryl is terrific with a microbrush. I don't recall ever using a regular brush with it.

    Ken
     

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