I'm restoring a Lionel Red Comet and trying to match original paint colors. The window strip in those cars is an uncommon color that Greenberg calls off-white and the TCA book lists as cream.
I don't see a matching color on Hennings' list and I don't want to spend $24 for a single can from trainenamels. But I can get a matching latex paint using the spectrograph at Home Depot, a sample can for $6.00.
My question is how to get the paint to adhere to the tinplate window strips. Simply brushing it on over the old paint doesn't work. Direct from the can it's to thick. After thinning with a bit of water I don't get good coverage on edges.
Will an enamel spray primer make a good base ? Should I strip all the old paint (easy to do with vinegar ? Any other ideas.
So I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has solved this problem.