American Flyer Prewar Paint

actually, I believe that the trains I have are AF prewar ogauge, have a union pacific 806 and green passenger cars.  cars are beat and I stripped for repainting, but cant find the AF dark green paint.  Tried Port Line Hobbies, ng.


Any ideas.

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Speaking of Hennings paints, what's the secret to spraying it?  I have been painting for the last 40 years, using all of the model paints on the market.  Four months ago I ordered some paint from Hennings and have not been able to paint with it.  I've been using Badger air brushes #150 and #200 forever.  If I thin the paint 75% thinner, the paint sprays great but, I need to put at least 6 coats of paint to cover the piece.  If there's a secret, please let me know what it is.         

Thank you.  rjm


RJM I had a similar experience, but it was my first time so I suspected it was me.  I think there are others on here that have sprayed Hennings paint with no issues, ie normal coats.  I'm not sure if it had to do with conditions, or maybe the thinner I used.  Once sprayed and all, it looked great, it covered well.  I plan to use more even if it takes many coats.

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

LionelTin posted:

That sounds right. The green cars you had probably matched the "954 Green" color offered by that company. While the "954" is referring to a postwar knuckle coupler observation car the green color on that car would be close to the prewar green cars offered at the same time as your 806.

The green cars available then were the :

492 mail car

494 baggage

495 coach

496 PULLMAN coach

497 PULLMAN observation.

There actually was a 490 car...a whistling baggage car...but it was not offered in green but only gray and blue.


prr6200s2 posted:

Dennis.  So what did you thin it with and what type of airbrush did you use?



The thinner was just "Sunnyside" thinner I got at a Menards home store.  The airbrush is a Pasche VL set.  Being new to it, I was not sure if I had the right combo of parts set up in it either.  Previously, I had tried to use it to spray some OLD Aerogloss dope on a Brodak F8F Bearcat and it did not work at all.  It gummed up instantly.  In that case I read that certain thinners  worked with Aerogloss and others didn't.  Btw, this was really old real Aerogloss dope from the late 60's/early 70's not the environmentally friendly versions of today.  Either way I had problems there as well. I'll try it again though.  I have a set of 2613 Blue comet cars primed and ready to finish.  I need to do that before it gets cold!  I'm open to any pointers anyone has though, I'm willing to consider or try about anything to improve the outcome. Here ar a couple of pics of the 3171 cars I repainted recently with many coats.


Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it


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Also, here is a picture of both the 521 combo car and the 492/495/496/497 cars in Green for comparison.  Sorry the picture is crappy, but they all should give an idea about the shade of green these originally were.  I have always thought they were a slightly different shade than the postwar cars, but I could be mistaken as I do not have any early painted PW green cars.15723440_569839616555659_7262642136573979836_o15723639_569839673222320_7596175548050780900_o

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it


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I feel the best way to match any paint color is to take your rolling stock sample to a paint store.  They will have a reflection densitometer that can match the color.

I feel Home Depot does this process the best.  If you are painting structures a latex paint is great but if you are doing rolling stock and have an air brush, an oil base paint would be the way to go.

An automotive paint shop has the best reflection densitometer and skilled operators but the prices are extremely expensive. I have used Napa Auto Store Paints but still expensive.

Below is a Fun Color Matching APP from Home Depot: Going to the store is better.

1 Project Color APP at Home Depot

Color corrected lighting.

2 Color Match Area

What the APP sees. Needs some fine tuning at the store. Take the picture with the Project Color APP from Home Depot.

3 Color Match APP



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