If you want to do a real professional job, take a sample of the color you desire and go to a local auto supply store that can match the color and make you a spray can. The quality of the paint greatly exceeds any other type of spray can paint.  It is very easy to apply and I have cans that are over eight years old and are still usable. It will cost more, about $25 a can, but you receive more paint then in a normal shake rattle can.  

Since, when I restore, I’m investing a fair amount of time, the increased cost of the paint is well worth it. I go by the old saying that quality will be remembered long after you forget the price.

Jim 

O Gauge Jim posted:

 If you want to do a real professional job, take a sample of the color you desire and go to a local auto supply store that can match the color and make you a spray can. The quality of the paint greatly exceeds any other type of spray can paint.  It is very easy to apply and I have cans that are over eight years old and are still usable. It will cost more, about $25 a can, but you receive more paint then in a normal shake rattle can.  

Since, when I restore, I’m investing a fair amount of time, the increased cost of the paint is well worth it. I go by the old saying that quality will be remembered long after you forget the price.

Jim 

I assume you are using acrylic paint correct? Some of the enamels will eat the styrene that the trains are made of. 

Santa Fe, All the Way

Joe, Lou is absolutely correct, you must be very careful painting older postwar Lionel pieces. The plastic does not fare very well at all with some, if not all rattle can enamels. The rattle can will atack the plastic and ruin your model. If this is your first attempt, I’d recommend sticking with acrylics, and possibly investing in an airbrush to apply....water slide decals are available for this locomotive and would complete the restoration. As far as the frame and the trucks go, on those pieces you can use rattle can enamels with no worries, obviously........key part ....have fun and enjoy it!.............Pat

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