Here is a picture of a real live teak coach.
An on-line guide by Precision Paints, a manufacturer of accurate Railway and Military colours, explains how the LNER varnished their teak.
1. One coat of gold size.
2. One coat of preparing varnish.
3. One coat of preparing varnish, rubbed in while wet.
4. Stopping up, then sandpapered.
5. One coat of preparing varnish, rubbed in while wet.
6. One coat of preparing varnish.
7. When surface hard, face down with pumice and water.
8. Lining out, Primrose two coats, fine red line.
9. Varnish transfer panels.
10. Putty and touch up cornice, hinges etc.
11. One coat of preparing varnish.
12. One coat of preparing varnish.
13. One coat of Finishing varnish.
14. One coat of Finishing varnish.
15. flat down with pumice dust and water.
16. One coat of Finishing varnish.
17. One coat of Finishing varnish.
18. Exterior touched up.
The instructions to staff included this requirement. "Each application MUST be allowed at least 24 hours to dry." That means that the whole job would take at least 20 working days.
Coaches that had previously been painted were to be re-painted in "mock teak" as follows ...
1. Wash down.
2. Burn off paint.
3. Prime, one coat of teak ground paint.
4. Stop up.
5. Face stopping.
6. One coat teak ground paint.
8. First Varnish.
9. Over grain.
10. Second varnish.
11. Transfers applied, lining out.
12. First coat finishing varnish.
13. Second coat finishing varnish.
... an equally thorough process reproducing the wood grain at stages 7 and 9. Both processes would give the rich colour shown in the photos of real coaches; whilst Hornby have gone for a modern lightly varnished effect.
But the company is now offered a new range of teak coach models for pre-order. They certainly look darker ...
Will fbb try to darken his coach? In doing so, will he ruin a perfectly adequate model of a faded and weather-worth vehicle?
Will he then buy one of the new Hornby models?
At £50 each (TREBLE OUCH) - not on your varnished teak nellie!
P.S. Just found this:- LNER "Green Arrow" with a teak set of coaches on the Severn Valley Railway pictures in 2007.