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Base Coat Prior to Ballasting


Ray Von

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I finally got round to spray painting the whole layout today (was going to wait until all the track was  laid, but as I'm waiting on deliveries - thought I might as well crack on.)

I used a dull matt  brown, I think it was from Hobby Craft -I've had it a while!

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I painted the layout in 12" sections and sort of "Sqeegee'd" paint off the top of the rails using a small off cut of pine strip-wood as I went along, wiping that on kitchen towel as needed.

Third rail was harder to clean paint from, because it sits fractionally lower than the other rails.  I found that scraping the nearly dry paint off with a blade works well - if not a little time consuming!

Here are some pics of the layout as it is now:IMG_20200921_162829028.jpg.bd93a3b1789800cd8d67af00972c62a9.jpgIMG_20200921_162858102.jpg.697ae6519f30d5022dd9c6041028a81a.jpgIMG_20200921_162843626.jpg.2a21bbae6408546297dba3549a1eef81.jpg

In two areas the third rail popped off!  But for the most part, painting actually increases the bond between rail and sleeper.  Can't explain it!

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Buffed the rails with a very old, very very fine bit of emery then a brush over with an old toothbrush, gave the class 08 a run around and it all seems good!

Thanks for reading.

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