Lionel Racing: Special Finishes

RAW made its debut in 2014 to rave reviews by fans and collectors. RAW special finish die-cast feature a rough, untouched body that makes for a tough-as-nails look with the barest hint of clear coating to prevent oxidation. These die-cast are decaled with full-color logos that stand out on the cool metal background.

Not for the faint of heart, RAW is a heavy metal finish that we anticipate will again be one of the hottest special finishes of the year.

A perennial favorite among die-cast fans, Color Chrome cars have a special finish with a very high gloss. Color Chrome is a labor-intensive process of polishing the entire body of the car by hand. Then the die-cast is chrome-plated with a multi-step electro-plating process, painted with clear lacquer inspired by the color tint of the original car, and sponsor decals are applied over the top. The result is a superior quality product and dazzling finish.

After a wildly successful introduction in 2014, Lionel Racing is bringing its Vintage finish back to the market this year.

A unique special finish, Vintage has a high-end look thanks to the metallic copper pigment which is carefully painted onto the car. Underneath the full-color deco, the burnished copper car body shines like precious metal.

For the purists who prefer their special finish die-cast to closely match what they see on track, Liquid Color fits the bill. Liquid Color is a semi-metallic painted finish that creates a reflective version of a team’s standard paint scheme. The Liquid Color finish has an eye-catching sheen that is a definite stand-out in any collection.

Galaxy diecast have a unique painted finish with tiny pinpricks of light that make these special diecast look out of this world. One of our most popular ELITE finishes, Galaxy cars look incredible when displayed under lights or in sunlight where the “starry” finish creates a truly show-stopping collector’s piece.