Craftmaster Paints sponsor Prince of Wales

We are pleased to announce that Cambridgeshire-based Craftmaster Paints Ltd, the leading traditional paint supplier to the UK’s heritage restoration & inland waterways markets, is supply the paints for the new locomotive.

Craftmaster Paints has been a sponsor of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for almost a decade, providing free-of-charge the works grey paint for No. 60163’s unveiling in August 2008, the LNER Apple Green paint for Tornado’s main line debut and naming in February 2009, the British Railways Brunswick Green paint in May 2011 and British Railways Express Passenger Blue in November 2012. With the support of Craftmaster Paints, Tornado reappeared post overhaul in her iconic Apple Green livery in June 2015.

Craftmaster Paints has kindly agreed to supply the paints required for No. 2007 Prince of Wales on the same basis as those for No. 60163 Tornado, with the primers and undercoats at substantial discount and the top coats of LNER Apple Green and varnish free-of-charge. It is estimated that painting the new Gresley class P2 will require up to 14 gallons (60 litres) of each of the primer, undercoat and top coat.

Clive Brown, Managing Director of Craftmaster Paints Ltd, commented, “Craftmaster Paints is the leading traditional paint supplier to the UK’s heritage restoration and inland waterways markets. We are extremely proud of our association with The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and Tornado. We are pleased to continue to support the Trust’s activities through the supply of our high quality, colour-matched paints for new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales and hope to continue our association for years to come.”

Mark Allatt, P2 Project Director, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added, “We are very pleased to be continuing our special relationship with Craftmaster Paints. Their outstanding products have ensured that we are able to turn out Tornado to the very high standard that our supporters expect and we look forward to our first sight of our gleaming new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales in its glorious Apple Green livery.”

Craftmaster Paints is the UK’s leading traditional paint supplier, supplying a market leading range of paints to the UK’s heritage restoration and inland waterways markets. Its Coach Enamel is a premier high pigment paint for hand application by traditional coach painting techniques. Craftmaster Paints also offer, for classic cars its Automotive Cellulose – one of the only true automotive grade Cellulose paints left on the market. Craftmaster has over 15 years’ experience in supplying high quality paints to our customers. Backed up by HMG Paints of Manchester, whom produce its range of bespoke products and Phil Speight, a coach painter of over 40 years’ experience, Craftmaster is well placed to serve all aspects of heritage vehicle restoration.

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