Colour of Paint

Jezebel is painted using “Wrexham Red”. This is the colour she was painted whilst in service with the London Fire Brigade.

This should not be confused with “Post Office Red” which should never be used. Club policy is to dispose of any post office red paint found within the garage.

Our usual supplier of Wrexham Red paint is Leonards Brooks Limited, www.brookspaints.com.

Painting Guide

All of the fire engine should be hand painted, the techniques required depend on:

  1. The material being painted
  2. The paint being used.
  3. The finish desired.
  4. The operating conditions of the item (does it need abrasion resistance?).
  5. Will it require gilding.

Painting Wood

Wooden surfaces usually require repainting as a result of the paint cracking.

  1. Remove all paint (Using nitromors, scrapers and sanding)
  2. Make wood smooth (apply filler where necessary) by sanding.
  3. Apply a wood primer and lightly rub back.
  4. Apply an undercoat and rub back.
  5. Apply a topcoat or undercoat topcoat mix and rub back.
  6. Apply sufficient topcoat to give a good solid colour.
  7. Apply varnish.

Painting Metal

Dulled paintwork

It may be possible to just lightly rub back dulled paintwork, and apply a coat of varnish to return it’s lustre.

Worn through gilding

It may be possible depending on the condition of the underlying paintwork to just patch the gilding using transfer leaf and varnish over the top. If the underlying paintwork is also damaged it will be necessary to repaint this also.

Cracked or damaged paintwork

If the damage is all the way through to the underlying metalwork (and usually all the time) it is better to strip off all the paint and start again to avoid the risk of it all falling off prematurely.

On steel

Remove all the paint using nitromors, any which cannot be removed using this should be removed using a rotary wire brush on a drill.

On softer metals (gunmetal, brass, aluminium, etc)

  1. Use nitromors, then carefully work at the rest of the paint to avoid damaging the underlying metal.
  2. Thoroughly clean the surface (e.g. with cellulose thinners)
  3. Apply an appropriate primer (if not explicitly told not to in the instructions for the top coat eg. Hammerite paints)
  4. Rub down lightly (making sure not to go back to metal)
  5. Apply an undercoat, rub back until smooth (if a smooth surface cannot be achieved apply additional coats of undercaot until it can)
  6. Rub back and apply either a topcoat or a topcoat/undercoat mix depending upon how well the colours match.
  7. Apply sufficient topcoats to give a good colour (rubbing back between each coat).

If Gilding/white lining

Apply gold leaf then white lines, followed by varnish. At least two coats of varnish should be applied, on a solid surface such as the wheels additional coats can be applied, but of surfaces that will flex it may lead to cracking.

If varnishing

Rub back lightly then apply a couple of coats of varnish.