Thursday, 15 January 2015

Going Loco: Part 11: The painting begins

Over the past few days I have been undercoating/priming my completed toy train set conversions. As I don't have access to anywhere I can use spray primer, I have had to do this by hand using a paintbrush.

Yesterday I decided to begin painting the green topcoat on the armoured locomotive, the two armoured wagons, and the railway gun. I used Humbrol matt enamel No.78 (Cockpit Green), and despite stirring the paint for the best part of five minutes before using it, it dried with a satin rather than a matt or flat finish. This is extremely frustrating but not irretrievable ... so I am going to have a second attempt today ... after stirring the paint for even longer!

4 comments:

  1. I dislike having "things" not do what they are supposed to but I would think that a satin finish would be quite attractive and not inappropriate for a toy train.

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  2. Bob,
    Rather than do a lot of stirring, I used to scoop out some of the thick pignent from the base of the tin onto a palette, and mix with a little thinner to get the required consistency.
    Arthur

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  3. Ross Mac,

    I would certainly agree that a satin finish would be appropriate ... but in this case it was a streaky satin/matt finish, and it will need another coat of paint to get rid of the streaks.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. Arthur1815,

    I may well try your suggestion next time. I don't need to do it now as I forgot to put the lid back on the paint tin last night ... and this morning a lot of the oil on top of the pigment had evaporated and the paint dried matt After I stirred and used it.

    We learn by our mistakes ... and I certainly made a mistake yesterday!

    All the best,

    Bob

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