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post 5 Oct 2012, 12:56
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I have been told that I should paint the sides of rails and consider weathering the sleepers to a more wooden colour.

What do you think are the best products for each objective?


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Jack P
post 5 Oct 2012, 13:29
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I use a Tamiya rattlecan - Dark Earth (RAF) AS-22, for the basecoat, then add a wash of other browny/black colours, then lightly sand the top of the rails with a fine grit sandpaper.

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post 5 Oct 2012, 15:00
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QUOTE (Cypher VII @ 5 Oct 2012, 14:29) *
.......... then lightly sand the top of the rails with a fine grit sandpaper.

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...that Jack is suicide. Never ever use sandpaper (even fine) to clean the tops of the rails.
Use track cleaning rubbers or even better; IPA.

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post 5 Oct 2012, 15:39
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i only use rail match on the tracks . sleeper grime plus dirty black and rust. NEVER use sandpaper or wet and dry as this will mess up your rails clean paint off with a track rubber.
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post 5 Oct 2012, 18:03
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Get a few good colour photos of track that you would like to copy.
Look through the Railmatch and Pheonix Paint ranges and choose ones which take your fancy. There is quite a range.
Or follow the advice DCC Concepts provide in the instructions for their Cobalt motors. The instructions can be downloaded from the DCC Concepts website which you can reach through their ad at the top of this screen (when its turn comes round).

I've just started the process and mine looks like this so far:-



It's a little less red in daylight.

The next step is ballasting after which I will go over the rail and chairs with muck colours. I will also try to make it a bit patchy. Apart from newly laid track, I find few stretches of track where the discolouration is uniform.

I cleaned the top of the rails with my thumbnail.

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post 5 Oct 2012, 22:38
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Use the end grain part of a small block of wood to clean the rail tops immediately after painting the stretch of track. If you have some, you can soak the end-grain in meths or IPA (isopropyl alcohol) to make it easier.

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post 5 Oct 2012, 22:44
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QUOTE (ebaykal @ 6 Oct 2012, 04:00) *
...that, Jack, is suicide. Never ever use sandpaper (even fine) to clean the tops of the rails.
Use track cleaning rubbers or even better; IPA.

Erkut



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post 8 Oct 2012, 11:47
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Any stubborn bits of paint left from spraying the track can be removed using a single sided razor blade or one of the little plastic holders that has a Stanley blade in it for removing paint from glass when you paint house windows.

You get one of the Stanley blade holders in the packs of 7 snap off knives from Poundland type stores.


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