Southern Railway Paint

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Last Updated: 8/28/90

Version 3.4s

Beginning with this upload version, I have endeavored to increase the number of entries with reference to specific OEM (original equipment manufacturers) colors supplied to the railroad, when known, giving you the type of paint as well as the OEM color number ie.: Acrylic Enamel 123-4567 or DuPont Acrylic Lacquer 123-4567. As appropriate cross-referenced model color matches are determined, they will be supplied.

Some of the latest additions to this file include references to the Pactra line of colors. These colors are identified by the prefix "PA" in the following listing. This line is, unlike the Floquil or Scalecoat lines, an enamel and as such requires a rather longer drying or "curing" time (relative to the Floquil or Scalecoat line). When using the Pactra enamels, or any enamel for that matter, bear in mind that they generally will not cause "plastic crazing" and don't generally need an initial coating such as Floquil's Barrier.

Remember too that, since Pactra is an enamel, you may or may not be able to overspray it with successive coats of Floquil or Scalecoat without the Pactra layer either crazing or lifting entirely. In general, it's best to apply the Pactra colors AFTER painting with Floquil or Scalecoat.

This file includes references to the Accu-Paint line of product colors. These colors are identified by the prefix "AP" in the following listing. Accu-Paint colors are an acrylic lacquer based material. Because they con- tain 2% by weight Diacetone Alcohol (4-Hydroxy-4-methyl-2-pentanone) (CAS #123422) which has a 50 TLV occupational exposure limit you should exercise an appropriate amount of caution in handling this material. If sprayed, you should at least use a NIOSH or OSHA approved RESPIRATOR and additionally, it is recommended that you use a spray painting booth.

While you CAN in most cases use an Accu-Paint color coat over a Floquil color coat and vice-versa, you should do your own experimentation to see what works best with your methods and equipment.

In certain entries, you'll notice a reference to "Pantone" colors. This is a reference to the Pantone (R) Color Reference Chart which is a collection of "standardized" commercial printers inks available in sample book form. In these entries, if I haven't yet come up with a specific Floquil color match (yet), I've included the Pantone color for temporary reference. This color chart shows samples of 600+ colors used as a standard in the book/magazine printing industry and can be obtained at your local graphic arts supply store. As accurate matches are developed, they will be inserted to replace the Pantone notation.

A number of questions have surfaced as to what "units" I commonly measure in. Most often I use a standard glass eyedropper with a 1/16 opening. This makes my unit of measure the "drop" or 1/216 of an ounce. Most of the formulae listed below are listed as "part" or "parts". They could actually be any unit you choose, just so long as you use the same unit each time, be it milliliter (or cubic-centimeter) or even gallon (for those of you guys out there modelling on a 1:1 scale who need REALLY large quantities of material).

I prefer to use the glass eyedroppers because they are more accurate, easier to find and are easier to clean out after adding every color than the plastic ones.

All colors bearing the prefix "PF" or "PG" are Floquil Polly-S colors. The remaining colors bearing prefixes "R" are standard Floquil colors.

A few colors are listed with "Flo-Paque" references where applicable. Floquil's "Polly S" colors may be used UNDER the solvent-based colors but they should never be applied over the solvent based paints because of poor adhesion qualities.

You may want to prime structures made with wood, cardboard or other porous materials with the water-soluable colors first, then re-paint with the solvent based colors to achieve a more moisture-resistant finish. Just take care in thinning the Polly S and Flo-Paque colors with water...the less water you use in thinning...the less of a chance you'll take in warping the wood, cardboard or whatever.

Because the size of the overall file has grown to such an extent, it has been uploaded to the system in 4 parts; FLOQU1.TXT, FLOQU2.TXT, FLOQU3.TXT and FLOQU4.TXT.


Maroon 8 parts R-160 Rock Island Maroon
  2 parts R-34 Brunswick Green
Black   Lacquer 939-Y-6739
Black   Enamel BA-5771-2
Black 9 parts R-10 Engine Black
  1 parts R-11 Reefer White
Alum/Gray   Lacquer 939-Y-34793
Yellow   Lacquer 939-Y-23663
Yellow   Lacquer 939-Y-54015
Yellow 8 parts R-31 Reefer Yellow
Yellow 1 part R-11 Reefer White
White   Scotchcal 3650
White 4 parts R-11 Reefer White
  1 part R-12 Reefer Gray
Gold   Scotchlite 580-54
Green   SC-19 Southern Green
Green   AP-75 Southern Green