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Looking for a Floquil replacement

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Looking for a Floquil replacement
Posted by Santa Fe all the way! on Friday, January 17, 2020 1:53 AM

I know this has probably been covered, but I can't find the threads using the search engine.I've been a devoted Floquil user for many years. Is there a brand of paint that has a large selection of colors. I prefer enamels, I liked Floquil because of the variety. Colors like dust, mud, grime, railroad tie brown. Please tell me there's a good replacement  

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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, January 17, 2020 2:15 AM

Santa Fe all the way!
...Please tell me there's a good replacement

There was....it was called Pollyscale, and once I learned how to airbrush it, Floquil was just stuff to be used-up.

Both were swallowed-up by Testors (which is, I think, a division of Rustoleum), and eventually phased out, despite Pollyscale being superior in all aspects to Testors' Model Master paints.   They had the patents and the formulae for both Floquil and Pollyscale, but passed them up in favour of their own brand.

Of course, Pollyscale is gone, too.  I decided to go with ScaleCoat, and while it's okay, it's nowhere as good as was Pollyscale - too slow drying, too many colours only in gloss versions, poor shelf-life - I use it only because I bought a couple hundred dollars worth of it when Scalecoat's owner announced its demise.  It was eventually picked up by Minuteman Models.

There are quite a few other brands available, but most I know too little of them to offer any advice on if they'd be a good substitute for Floquil.  Most, but not all, are not lacquer-based.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, January 17, 2020 6:31 AM

If you are airbrushing flat colors (most of what Floquil was used for), Model Master military colors are good for a lot of substutution. They make colors that are near-identical to rail brown, roof brown, and boxcar red. There is a color called British Crimson that is a very good approximation of Floquil's Metal Primer color.

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:20 AM

 There is a paint conversion guide available to 'subscribers' of the free hobby magazine. It list various currently available paint brands and how to get colors matching the old Floquil and Polyscale colors.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:41 AM

Take a look at True Color Paints, like Wayne when Floquil became unavailable I looked around and found TCP and after that the Floquill bottles just sorta dried up.  TCP is a solvent based paint thinned with Acetone.
 
 
I lucked out my LHS stocks it and if he doesn’t have the particular color I need it’s here in a couple of days.
 
 
 
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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, January 17, 2020 10:28 AM

RR_Mel
Take a look at True Color Paints...

If I'm not mistaken, True Color Paints are an iteration of SMP's Accupaint.  I used their CNR Green #11 for all of my passenger equipment, and their appropriate colours for a lot of CPR diesel painting that I did for others.  It was a great paint for airbrushing, but I didn't have much success using it with a brush.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Friday, January 17, 2020 12:14 PM

Wayne
 
The only brush I’ve done is micro touchup.  But as you stated it's great in my airbrush, better than Floquil.
 
 
 
Mel
 
 
 
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Posted by jjdamnit on Friday, January 17, 2020 1:14 PM

Hello All,

PM me and I will send you a link that I cannot list here, due to forum regulations.

Hope this helps.

 

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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, January 17, 2020 1:34 PM

I've never worried about matching colours of one brand to another brand, as it's not all that difficult to mix pretty-well any colour you need.

With many manufacturers now offering only ready-to-airbrush paint (pre-thinned, and in many cases, with plain water - a rip-off, in my opinion), a modeller needs to also find good paint suitable for brushwork.  Who has the time or skill to mask their LPBs for airbrushing in multiple colours?

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Posted by BRAKIE on Friday, January 17, 2020 2:28 PM

Santa Fe all the way!

I know this has probably been covered, but I can't find the threads using the search engine.I've been a devoted Floquil user for many years. Is there a brand of paint that has a large selection of colors. I prefer enamels, I liked Floquil because of the variety. Colors like dust, mud, grime, railroad tie brown. Please tell me there's a good replacement  

 

I used Floquil for decades as my favorite paint.. I found  True Color Paints  works quite well and smells better the Floquil.. But......I miss the smell of Floquil. Surprise

Larry

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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, January 17, 2020 3:00 PM

BRAKIE
...I miss the smell of Floquil.

Get yourself a can of lacquer thinner, Larry, it's pretty much the same heady aroma.

Wayne

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Posted by zstripe on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:46 PM

I've had great results following this Floquil Comparison chart:

http://www.microscale.com/Floquil%20Color%20Chart.pdf

Take Care!

Frank

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Posted by richhotrain on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:03 PM

zstripe

I've had great results following this Floquil Comparison chart:

http://www.microscale.com/Floquil%20Color%20Chart.pdf

Take Care!

Frank 

Frank, check your PMs.

Rich

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:06 PM

Santa Fe all the way!

I know this has probably been covered, but I can't find the threads using the search engine.I've been a devoted Floquil user for many years. Is there a brand of paint that has a large selection of colors. I prefer enamels, I liked Floquil because of the variety. Colors like dust, mud, grime, railroad tie brown. Please tell me there's a good replacement  

 

Scalecoat

https://www.minutemanscalemodels.com/category-s/127.htm

 

    

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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:44 PM

BRAKIE
I miss the smell of Floquil.

'Let me count the ways' I miss Floquil paint and how the finish readily accepts various weathering mediums.  Oh yeah, the smell of Floquil takes me back to the 80s and the joy of entering the model railroad hobby.  The smell of Testors in those little bottles turns my clock back even further and into boyhood days of building model cars and airplanes.

Regards,  Peter  

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