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Correct restoration of Railwayana (Lineside Signs)

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Hi,

Can anyone who has restored a GNR or GS&WR sign such as a 'No trespassing ' one, advise on how these should be restored. The plan in mind is a wire brush, whatever undercoat comes out of a can that can be purchased in the US,  followed by a main color and some hand painted restoration of the lettering. Any advice in addition/to the contrary or advice on paints/colors?

TIA

Kevin

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Wire brush, yes, then decent black undercoat. Finish is correctly black with white lettering for GSWR, and most GNR. In GNR(B) days, some were white with red lettering, and station and lamp nameboards were yellow with black lettering.

I actually had a very large collection of all sorts of signs years ago, but unfortunately had to sell them.

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So the wire brush is out and we'll sees what's under this..

 

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Many decades of smoke and soot removed yielded this ......

The base coat seems likely to be a 'red' (lead) oxide with the overlying black with white lettering. The paint for the latter seems more durable than the black

 

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