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Tidying the tarmac...


Paul Robertson

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So today was trying to make the best of my clay road surfacing which hadn't come out as I wanted. Firstly I came out with the sandpaper to smooth the surface down as best as possible. 

 

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There had also been some shrinkage down the sides of the road overnight as the clay completed dried out. 

 

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(clay coming away from the kerb) 

 

In order to fill these gaps out came the balsa filler which did a good job of filling this ready for painting. 

 

My first attempt at painting was a watery Indian ink solution. It didn't really do the job looking more like concrete than tarmac. So out with the acrylics and a well watered down grey solution was used again. 

 

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(the finished surface colour and starting to get some whitelining on)IMG_20201022_215821.jpg.0ac880380c204a82fcb522413c4a5c00.jpg

(refixed some spare gully grates after previous ones got trashed during laying of the clay) 

 

Where the Indian ink did work nicely was a gentle weathering of a couple of structures. I tried it on the Linkspan steel girders and on the railway station. 

 

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(some nice staining along the sides) 

 

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(first staining on the side of the station) 

 

Next will be the white lining and movement joints after the paint has all had a good chance to dry

 

Thanks for reading

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