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color match?
Posted by nscsx on Saturday, October 1, 2022 7:27 PM
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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:17 PM

I was going to try a mix to match that blue structure, but the dark blue I had on-hand was Floquil, while the white I would have used was Pollyscale - not compatable.
When I want to create a particular colour, I use a method that I call "brush-loads".

To match the blue structure, I'd put one brushload of dark blue on a piece of plastic or sheet aluminum, then clean the brush.  Next, I'd dip it into a compatable brand of white paint, and mix the two colours using the brush.
I doubt that one-part "white" would make one-part "blue" into a much lighter blue, so I'd simply carry-on, adding brush-loads of white, (keep count of the number of white brushloads you use) until the blue eventually matches that structure.
Make sure to write-down the formula, as you may need it for another project.

I often create colours to match various prototype locomotives and rolling stock, especially when the colour needed isn't readily available.  I started using the brushload method when I realised that using larger amounts experimentally would quickly outpace my income. 

The more I used that method, the better results I got, and I think that pretty-well anybody who tries it would likely have similar other words, give it a try.  I won't cost a fortune, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how competent you can become.


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Posted by richhotrain on Sunday, October 2, 2022 6:43 AM

Color matching can be a tough task, and mixing various colors can be even tougher.

Ever since Pollyscale paints disappeared from hobby store shelves, I have relied on Tamiya acrylic paint for my modeling needs.

I searched through the Tamiya acrylic paint chart to see if I could find a match for that blue colored building. The closest color that I could come up with is TS-58 Pearl Light Blue in a spray can, Item #85058. If that color suits you but is too glossy, you could spray a clear matte finish over the Pearl Light Blue.


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Posted by caldreamer on Sunday, October 2, 2022 7:38 AM

The color looks pretty close to Rock Island blue.  Your might want to start with that and adjust the color as necessary.

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Posted by snjroy on Sunday, October 2, 2022 8:14 AM

If this is for a building, I would consider a craft paint, which can be applied with an airbrush. Americana's Country Blue looks pretty close.


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Posted by dstarr on Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:50 AM

To check for a color match, you want to paint a test strip with the paint you are considering.  Use the same material you plan to build the structure from for you test strip.  The paint may look different on difference test strip materials.  Let the test strip get really dry.  Then hold the test strip up against the object you want to match to check the match.  Lighting effects color.  Check your match under daylight, layout light (fluorescent?), incandescent light, any other light you might be using.  Since most of the model paints went away I have been using rattle cans from the big box stores.  Krylon and Rustoleum are good, and if a buy a can next year it will match the can I have on the shelf down in my shop. 

   If you cannot find a matte paint, use a gloss paint and give it a coat of DullCote after it dries.  The DullCote will effect the color hue a little bit, so do your color matching after the DullCote dries.

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