Fascia Boards--What color?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Jim de Bree, Oct 28, 2002.

  1. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2002
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am in the process of installing fasia boards to my layout. What color do you use? My layout is largely urban with a section of western desert and mountains. The mountains are colored a reddish brown as is typical in many parts of the west.
  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2001
    Messages:
    3,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    I like a black facia, & valance, because it tends to make the colors on the layout, regardless of what they are, really stand out. (IMHO)
  3. Casey Feedwater

    Casey Feedwater Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2002
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree with Charlie.

    For years, it seemed like the most popular fascia material was wood paneling or masonite painted a light to medium beige. A few layouts that I saw used dark green or some other color, but not many.

    Lately, though, I've been seeing more layouts going with black or dark-colored valances and fascias for the reasons Charlie stated. Also, I think it tends to be less distracting than lighter colors. Personally, I like it, and it's what I'm using on the completed portions of my layout.
  4. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2001
    Messages:
    1,290
    Likes Received:
    0
    The one area where I have painted my fascia is a dark green color. It looks pretty smart.
  5. billk

    billk Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2001
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think the main thing is that the color not distract one's eye from the star attraction - your layout. So it should be a muted color that complements, or at least doesn't contrast too much with, the overall color of your layout.
  6. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2001
    Messages:
    3,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Many years ago, I did a stint as a carpenter for a local ballet company...One time one of the set painters told me, "If you paint it black, it's invisible..."
    At the time, I thought this was a pretty crazy concept, but years later, after being involved in this hobby, I realized exactly what he was talking about...even though a viewer may see a black object, their eye tends to move on to where the color is.
  7. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2001
    Messages:
    2,594
    Likes Received:
    0
    I paint my valances, and the ceiling above the aisle areas, black. I plan to paint my fascias a dark brown however.

    Gary
  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2002
    Messages:
    3,221
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Lake County Model Railroad Club, is painting the fascias a dark green. Doesn't look too bad so far.
  9. Catt

    Catt Guest

    I prefer a dark green myself.
  10. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2002
    Messages:
    270
    Likes Received:
    0
    I prefer Black. I think it is more a matter of taste.
  11. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2002
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    0
    thanks everyone

    One last question for those of you recommending black. Are you using flat or gloss?
  12. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2001
    Messages:
    2,594
    Likes Received:
    0
  13. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2001
    Messages:
    4,501
    Likes Received:
    0
    I also prefer black (flat) as your eye tends to look at everything except the fascia for the most part as Charlie and others stated. However I have seen some done in a dark green and they were O.K. but I still prefer the flat black. :)

    Attached Files:

  14. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Messages:
    1,771
    Likes Received:
    0
    There's a standard housepaint color call "blind( as in shutters)green" thats used to accent windows. Since its an almost black green it does not detract from the surrounding colors but its a bit more visable then straight black and adds warmth to colors surrounding it.
  15. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2002
    Messages:
    5,141
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't exactly have fascia, but my wife put a 3" wide ribbon in dark green around the layout.
    I read somewhere that someone at Model Railroader long ago (Linn Westcott maybe?) used to paint the fascia as if it were a cut through the earth with geological layers and fossils.
  16. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2002
    Messages:
    562
    Likes Received:
    0
    Jim - Great topic - I have been ready to paint my fascia for along time. I been struggling with a color.
    Does the flat black leave marks? If you belt buckle would rub it or something?
    Marty
  17. Casey Feedwater

    Casey Feedwater Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2002
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    0
    Marty, I've not had any problems with marks. I suppose if I really scraped it hard with something, I might notice a mark. But I try to stay away from the fascia when working on the layout anyway.

    And for whatever it's worth, I've had (photographic) darkrooms in every house I've lived in since I was a kid. I painted all of them - even the counter tops and enlarger table - with flat black. Again, I don't recall any serious marks or scrapes on the areas that I typically brushed up against. Of course, I usually wear an apron when working with chemicals, so that probably provided some protection to the paint. I'd never really thought about it until now. :rolleyes: :)
  18. Casey Feedwater

    Casey Feedwater Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2002
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    0
    Tyson: Over the years, I have seen several very nice N scale layouts on NMRA tours. From what I've seen of the Nanthalia Midland in your photos, I'd say it ranks right up there with the very best. I'm really impressed! :cool: :)
  19. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2001
    Messages:
    4,501
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks Casey, coming from somebody of your considerable skills thats real nice nice to hear (read) ! :)