Carfloat Paint

First step

With the construction complete it was time to do some painting.  I intend the create the look of a carfloat that was used hard and put away wet, which, of course, they all were.

To start, I decided to use a similar technique to what was used on the fascia of the layout.  That starts with a coat of light rust coloured spray paint.  Once dry, a few wash coats of a purple/redish/grey are painted on and blotted off with a sponge.

This is as far as I have got so far.  Its a good start, and created a nice base on which I will add some weathering.  Will work on that more tomorrow.

Its a bit blotchy, but that will be toned down when I do the next step of weathering.

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About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 11-27-2008 | 11:11 PM
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  1. The technique looks great, it really adds allot of depth and realism, I just may try it when I have a project that it will work on.

    Comment by Chris Brimley — November 28, 2008 @ 2:46 pm
  2. Wonderful paint job! This is actually the most interesting model train blog that I know. Keep it up!

    Comment by Anton Torstensson — December 1, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

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