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Grandpa is in the process of trying to duplicate a building from an old family business for my grandsons layout.  The building picture is the basis, minus the Christmas decor, for this project.  I have completed the front facade and am in the process of printing the sections.  The sides are standard block and there is going to be a rail loading dock in the back.  (I have deleted a section off of each end of the building to get the size necessary for the layout).  The next major design process is the front signage which is coming along slowly but I am getting the process down pretty well in fusion 360.  The easy part of this so far has been acquiring the forty foot refer cars with the "Boote" logo and paint.  I now have enough to make a consist for my old Lionel scout which I got rebuild.IMG_0093IMG_3756IMG_3757IMG_3758

My question to some of the master builders in this forum is;  How do I paint this without making a mess?  I do have some printer rejects to work with.

The foundation is cement so the color is fairly simple.

The  three soldier courses around the perimeter and separating each section are:  Tan, light reddish, Tan.

The brick of the the windows and around the doors are;  a reddish brown.

Mortar joints, gray

The window and door frames are an aluminum coloring.

Never done anything like this before so any suggestions on how to go about painting this without making a complete mess would be greatly appreciated.

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If it was that many colors Ida probably done it in multiple pieces, but since it’s done, spray the whole thing light tan, let it dry, then mask that off and paint the red bricks. I think the window and door trim is a brush job.

Honestly, if you’re careful with how think the red is, you may not need to mortar It if you can leave the tan poking through. Otherwise,
mortar can be done by very diluted light grey acrylic brushed on the whole thing then wiped off. Don’t worry if the mortar takes more than one layer, it’s better to be light than too heavy. Bear in mind how small mortar lines are in scale, you do not need every brick surrounded by an unmistakable square of mortar.

Concrete foundation last. It’s hard to get red off if it bleeds under a tape line.

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If it was that many colors Ida probably done it in multiple pieces, but since it’s done, spray the whole thing light tan, let it dry, then mask that off and paint the red bricks. I think the window and door trim is a brush job.

Honestly, if you’re careful with how think the red is, you may not need to mortar It if you can leave the tan poking through. Otherwise,
mortar can be done by very diluted light grey acrylic brushed on the whole thing then wiped off. Don’t worry if the mortar takes more than one layer, it’s better to be light than too heavy. Bear in mind how small mortar lines are in scale, you do not need every brick surrounded by an unmistakable square of mortar.

Concrete foundation last. It’s hard to get red off if it bleeds under a tape line.

Thanks for the the input I will give it a try.  I have a couple of "reject prints" that I can practice on.

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