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Posted - 10/20/2012 :  12:39:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

For my railroad camp I was thinking of some colors for the buildings that were not the usual greys and browns. Faded yes, but with a little color.

I am looking for ideas. Please post some pictures of your work and how you did it.
Tom M.

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Posted - 10/20/2012 :  1:57:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit visman48's Homepage  Click to see visman48's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
The colors I am always interested in are the oxide reds, faded greens (gray green vice dark green), and then the depot buff colors. Of course I still ask myself were these available colors for my time period and local? Paints were different in the 20s and 30s, and I suspect (remember I am suspecting) that the further west from the east coast you tended to get limited colors right down to white wash. Henry Ford said you can have any color as long as it was black...I think research is appropriate, but I don't know where to start other than googling "what colors of exterior paints were available for the 19XX"

Just thinking out loud...

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Chuck Doan

Posted - 10/20/2012 :  2:07:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As Les mentioned, the Barn reds are probably the most common if buildings were painted. White lead was a common color too. The buildings at Rayonier's Railroad Camp (at least in the 50's and up) were a kind of Mineral Red. I also like green and the buff colors-I'm sure you could eventually find a prototype for most any color.

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Posted - 10/20/2012 :  2:57:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Boxcar red is the most common iron oxide, while the buff colors come from other oxides (e.g. "sienna" pigments, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sienna ) Here's a site with good photos of natural pigments: http://www.iconofile.com/search_results.asp?subcatid=29 If the price on that site is cheap, that's a color that would have probably been used for mixing industrial paints :-)

The most common pigment for white was lead oxide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_paint And that's the same pigment that can make an historic house into a Superfund site :-( However, lead white paint lasts a long time, which is one reason why it was so common.

Here's a good history of pigments: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigment


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

Edited by - deemery on 10/20/2012 3:00:10 PM

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Posted - 10/20/2012 :  3:29:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom --

Have a look at Mike Hamer's current thread for some very nice faded finishes using stains that you'll find inexpensively in Canada:



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Posted - 10/20/2012 :  4:22:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the ideas and links.

Dave the Iconofile is interesting.

Dallas: I have been following Mike H. build. The Saman colors can get expensive if you are buying a few @ $11.00 per bottle. Nice selection of colors.

Chuck and Les, I am partial to the reds and greens that are faded or washed out.

I am playing with some acrylics and some HunterLine weathering mix to see what I can come up with.

Tom M.

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Posted - 10/20/2012 :  7:07:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom, I copied this one from one of our members some time back, can't remember who. But this was the notes I took from him for this color.
Where it says "I" it would be "He". Any way I like the way he did this color choice.
I distressed and added grain to the boards, battens and then started the coloring process:
1. A wash of Acrylic Barn Red the red under tone color of a worn and faded wall 2. Burnt Umber weathering
powder 3. Wash of A&I
4. Dry Brushing with the following colors: Goose feather ( light tan) Country Twill ( Light brown) Black for the
lower board stains
Country Twill again At this point, Iím completely satisfied with how the first two walls look.

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