Paint for passenger cars : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

I am in the process of building a few SAL passenger cars and I have a question. What color and type of model paint is best to replicate the stainless steel of the prototype on plastic car siding? Is there another color for cars which were silver but not stainless steel? Thanks.

-- Scott Lofreddo (, September 19, 1999


One old trick for painting stainless steel cars was to mix gloss black enamel (I always used the cheap Pactra dime-store brand) and silver - about 60% silver to 40% black. Thin entire mixture 50% - shake well and spray quickly! The silver had a tendency to separate and float to the top, so "shake and spray" was the only way it would work. Recently, some very effective chrome sprays have become available, but the old black/silver mix produced some stunning results, especially on corrugated plastic passenger cars.

-Tom Alderman

-- Tom Alderman (, September 20, 1999.

I use the chrome spray paint as used on model cars.Sometime I burnish it with steel wool.The grey I use is SP MW grey.This is for modernized HW and on LW above the lower ribs.(ex-CO)

-- Joseph Oates (, September 19, 1999.

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