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Hi all,

Since floquil railroad color is no longer available I'm wondering about mixing them with other enamels.
In this case I have a bottle of Floquil's antique white that I'd like to lighten with white. If I cannot find a bottle of their white, will Testors enamel work. I suppose I could test this but was curious about anyone knowing about this issue.

Thanks in advance.

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AFAIK, the Floquil brand of hobby paints were lacquer based; Testors enamels are, well, enamel. They won't mix.
 

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You can mix enamel with lacquer....

I would just try a drop of both together and see what happens.

I thin enamels with lacquer thinner all the time. It will also thin Tamiya and Gunze solvent based acrylic paints.
 

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Lacquer thinner is one thing, mixing two different types of paint is another. You can give it a try, but make sure you test that it dries properly.
 

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Yes it works. At least with Floquil silver and Testors white. Took about 4 seconds to figure out with a paint brush and some aluminum foil to mix it on
 

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Yes it works. At least with Floquil silver and Testors white. Took about 4 seconds to figure out with a paint brush and some aluminum foil to mix it on
Thanks!

I suppose I could have just checked it myself but this group has so much knowledge to tap into!
 

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Floquil used to NOT mix with either Testors or Scalecoat oil based paints. I have used plain old lacquer thinner to thin Testors paints for decades. Works with Scalecoat too.
 

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Floquil changed their formula a few times. In the past it was a lacquer and used their Dio-Sol stuff as a thinner. For the last few years, at least their military line of paints, was a regular enamel although they still sold Dio Sol (much the way Testors sells lacquer thinner in small jars).
 

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"Enamel" refers to a hard finish, like the enamel of your teeth. There are oil enamels and acrylic enamels. Most people say "enamel" when they really mean oil-based paint. Any oil-based paint. But not all oil-based paints are enamels. For example, artist's oils are not.
 

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Well yeah but I was not being pedantic about it. We all know what hobby enamels are (ie testors enamels). When I say enamel I mean enamel hobby paint as we know it.

With Floquil being discontinued any real discussion about it is really pretty moot since its gone and not coming back.
 

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Well yeah but I was not being pedantic about it. We all know what hobby enamels are (ie testors enamels). When I say enamel I mean enamel hobby paint as we know it.
I wasn't being pedantic either. A good understanding of paints is a big help in solving paint problems.
 
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