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    Default Micro-Trains: How to Determine Paint Color

    Moose may need to paint over decals on various boxcars, so need to know how to find exact match of paints...

    Question: Does anyone know a way to find paint colors that match Micro-Trains various boxcars?

    Currently looking for Western Pacific for MTL #041 00 050.

    Found a link to Micro-Trains database, identifying paint as simply "brown with white lettering."
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    Hi Moose,

    Take your car to Home Depot or Lowes paint department.

    They can scan the color and mix you a paint sample($3-5).

    I believe Micro Trains pad paints their lettering...so you might be able to remove it with some type of solvent.

    If you paint over it....the old lettering may show thru...it's a good effect if you're a class 2 railroad buying used equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post
    Hi Moose,

    Take your car to Home Depot or Lowes paint department.

    They can scan the color and mix you a paint sample($3-5).

    I believe Micro Trains pad paints their lettering...so you might be able to remove it with some type of solvent.

    If you paint over it....the old lettering may show thru...it's a good effect if you're a class 2 railroad buying used equipment.
    I don't think putting coarsely ground housepaint pigments in an architectural base over an N scale boxcar is going to look very good. Nor will scanning the car provide an accurate formula for custom mixing model paints. The scanner will devise a formula for mixing an architectural or industrial deep base with universal tints -- those bases aren't intended for plastic models.

    @Moose2013, it would probably just be easier to contact MT in Oregon and ask them which brand of paint they use, or perhaps even the base and formula. I bet they'd hook you up with some kind of information.

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    Just paint it moose brown and call it good.
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