Testors Paint....Info For Modellers

 
  Laser Rail Bits Locomotive Driver

Location: Goulburn NSW
All,

This came across the desk today...

FYI.

Dear Valued Partner,

I am writing to inform you about changes that are taking place at the
Testor Corporation. For over 80  years, we have provided premium paints and
finishing systems to the craft and hobby industry. Today,  we announced that
we are transforming our business in order to more effectively address the
changing  needs of our consumers and their interests.

We've made the decision to exit the following businesses within the TestorR
Brand family - PactraR, FloquilR, PolyscaleR, and ColorArtzR. This will
enable the Testor Corporation to return to our foundation  of success -
providing premium, innovative product that inspires creativity. We will
continue to accept  orders and ship product for a limited time based on
available quantities.

Going forward, the following brands will be critical to our success and
development - TestorR, Model  MasterT, and AztekR. These brands will be
infused with marketing support, innovation and operational  efficiencies.

In support of this, we have announced a consolidation of operations at our
Rockford facilities. Over the  next several months we will provide updates
critical to your order and delivery needs as well as product  availability.
We assure you there will be no disruption to service during this transition.

Our commitment to the Testor brand has never been stronger. By implementing
these changes, and the  ability to leverage all of Rust-Oleum's world class
services, we are more strongly poised to take your  business to the next
level through product and merchandising innovations, and increased customer
intimacy. Please contact me or your sales manager directly with any
questions.

We appreciate your business!

Best Regards,

Kristin J. Schiro
Director of Sales & Marketing

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  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Confirmed also by other sources with the same statement.

Those who rely on Floquil "Rust" might want to stock up now.  Wink
  a6et Minister for Railways

When I first read this news, the cynic in me really came out.

Is this another example of when one company takes over all the competition, its the fore runner of eliminating those taken over?
  The railway dog Junior Train Controller

What am I going to do without Grimy Black???
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Might be better to keep Floquil etc and get rid of Testor's paint, I have never liked Testor's that much it dries much to quick when you have to do a brush touch up on something.

A6et you might be right it seems par for the course these days take something over and then close it done altogether.
  robertc Chief Train Controller

Perhaps this is simply a reflection on how valuable we are as customers given the market is dominated by RTR. With few assembling kits or scratchbuilding these days, how would a manufacturer justify the wide range of railway specific paints required?
Best response if you feel offended is to avoid buying any Testor's products in future.
regards
Bob Comerford
  a6et Minister for Railways

Perhaps this is simply a reflection on how valuable we are as customers given the market is dominated by RTR. With few assembling kits or scratchbuilding these days, how would a manufacturer justify the wide range of railway specific paints required?
Best response if you feel offended is to avoid buying any Testor's products in future.
regards
Bob Comerford
robertc
Bob

Fair points & hard to dispute. However for the majority of modellers there is still weathering to be done, & when coupled to those who still build kits, & scratch build, there is still a need, albeit likely to be less.

The thing is in all of this is that when I look at the range of colours that are offered under each of the different brands, there is a heck of a lot of duplication there.  Plucking some out of the air is colours such as Reefer yellow/ red/ orange, & the various other main U.S RR colours.  For many the weathering colour sold under the Floquil/Polyscale brand, with the only difference being enamel & acrylic there is no real need for such a wide range of brands, unless its a market share/control & $$ issue, that is when only one brand is available they can charge what they like.

I think what most modellers would like to see is the most popular colours, as well as the better product retained, by saying that if the Floquil range are better sellers than the Testors range or visa versa, then knock out the brand of the least popular. Ask the modelling public why they like X, or XX or XXX, & go from there. Make the best paint under the best brand, especially if they hold the rights to them, & use the same formula's.

If Testor's wants out, why not offer the rights to them to others, instead of just killing them off.  For mine, I prefer the Floquil/Polyscale paints over the others, which means I will try check what I have now & try to stock up on the most likely ones needed.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I suspect that this is a reflection of the growing problem with transporting paints of any kind, either within a country or overseas. It is certainly an issue with enamel paints, but even with acrylics it is becoming an issue because the transport companies do not differentiate between the materials in most cases. They just think all paints are going to explode in mid-air on a plane, and therefore ban them.

Testors is owned by RPM International, a large company dealing in coating and sealants, and I suspect they don't really give a sh*t about the model paint lines.
  a6et Minister for Railways

I suspect that this is a reflection of the growing problem with transporting paints of any kind, either within a country or overseas. It is certainly an issue with enamel paints, but even with acrylics it is becoming an issue because the transport companies do not differentiate between the materials in most cases. They just think all paints are going to explode in mid-air on a plane, and therefore ban them.

Testors is owned by RPM International, a large company dealing in coating and sealants, and I suspect they don't really give a sh*t about the model paint lines.
TheBlacksmith

I think your last line pretty well sums up a heck of a lot in large businesses these days.

The other aspect is the need for things yesterday in our rush - rush world, the reliance of speed in shipment of items & use of air cargo rather than on ships, although the LCL aspect also places burdens as well.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I checked on this recently, and even when shipping by sea, you still have to fill out a hazardous materials declaration, even for paints. And as I said, they don't understand that some paints are flammable and some are not, the just treat them all as if they are flammable and 44 gallons in quantity.

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