Floquil® Railroad Paint Color Matches
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MyPerfectColor works to match any color of paint for customers, even some of the most obscure or forgotten colors imaginable. Discontinued lines of paint or specific colors are not exempt from this treatment, and we work tirelessly to bring those old colors into the limelight of the present. One such example is Testor Corporation®’s discontinued line of Floquil Paint.
The Creation of Floquil
Many tend to assume that Floquil is not just the line of paint, but also the company behind those acrylic and enamel lines of paint, when in reality, Testor Corporation is responsible for the production of those paints (and, to some extent, the collectible railroad hobby kits they would later be included with). Testor Corporation started in Rockford, Illinois, when Axel Karlson’s, “Karlsons Klister,” product failed, prompting him to return to his home in Sweden. Karlson’s office manager of the Rockford district, Nils F. Testor, would then go on to borrow just enough money to purchase the firm and its assets, and he founded the Testor Chemical Company.
The primary market at the time was focused on shoemaking, and Testor found that the only way he could make value of his assets was renaming his adhesive product, and then marketing it to households as a general repair product, while also selling in the shoe industry simultaneously. By staying true to the chemical company he helped to shape, eventually Testor would become a leader in the hobbyist model cement industry, and helped to found The Hobby Industry of America. Floquil lines of paint followed soon after, serving as the primary (and also highly authentic) colors for model railroad sets, as well as many model airplanes. Floquil served as the gold standard for many hobbyists, and perhaps even model painting in general. It was the go to for railroad paint colors.
Pros of Floquil
Floquil model paints were consistent, and that was part of the reason so many hobbyists used Testor model kits. Some of the reasons Floquil is renowned are as follows:
- Enamel/Acrylic composition leads to fast drying
- The paint is extremely durable, being resistant to almost anything
- Floquil offered a distinct and also diverse range of available colors
- The finish is generally solid and smooth
Floquil would eventually be discontinued alongside PollyScale paint by Testor Corporation in 2013, leading to many hobbyists having to find alternative options, which is often difficult, as Floquil had many colors in an acrylic/enamel composition, and that chemical to color combination was absent in many other companies.