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TOPIC: Diesel Paint Colors/Codes

Diesel Paint Colors/Codes 2 years 9 months ago #6507

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Hello, All-

I was asked to post this for the questioner. - Norman Mueller

From: PETER GATES <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: The Post-WWII Diesel Paint Colors

Hi guys!!!

Reading fan since I was a kid in the sixties and seventies. Took a little bit of research but I believe I have those colors nailed down, complete with the slightly-more-modern DuPont paint code numbers. I wouldn't mind posting this info on the Reading Modeler site for everyone to discuss and whatnot but I'm having trouble creating an account there. Could you forward this e-mail to Conductor Tom and perhaps he can hook me up?



P.S. With two separate yellows and six different greens so far, this should be quite fun!!! LOL
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Diesel Paint Colors/Codes 2 years 9 months ago #6509

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I would be interested in knowing the paint colors. On my full life caboose, I compounded the old Paint down to the original paint under the conrail blue and on top of the caboose red. After 5 trips to the paint store I was able to get the yellow spot on. But the green was a different story. It actually looks greener than memory recalls almost John Deere Green. When they tried to mix the paint by computer the enamel Paint got too muddy with pigment and wasn't close, so we went darker It now looks closer with road grime. Weathered if you will. But in my mind I know its not right. The paint store said if I went to a automotive paint It would be clearer and brighter and I could put hardners in it to slow down the oxidation process. It also made it harder because I couldn't take the caboose to the paint store to put under the scanner.
Daniel J Mohr
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