hey modelers,

I am having a real tough time finding railroad themed paint, locally. You know, Dulux,Tuscan Red, Boxcar Brown, Reefer White, L&N Grey, CSX Yellow, etc. I prefer to airbrush acrylics. 

Any help finding this paint online would be outstanding. Thanks, so much. 

American by birth. Southern by the grace of God.  

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Hobby lobby , Walmart , Michaels  all carry the $1 acrylic craft paint used by some of the best painters , they got every shade in the rainbow , and for the price and right in town , I have painted a lot of trains with them , Use future floor car acrylic for the gloss coat , they alsohave the acrylics in gloss . On specific hard colors I get something real close then add some other color , put adab on a trial spot and let dry to see color match , so cheap but awesome , thin them with windshield washer fluid from auto parts store  $3 a gallon , cleans airbrushes fantastic too .

Scratchbuilder1-48 posted:

Hobby lobby , Walmart , Michaels  all carry the $1 acrylic craft paint used by some of the best painters , they got every shade in the rainbow , and for the price and right in town , I have painted a lot of trains with them , Use future floor car acrylic for the gloss coat , they alsohave the acrylics in gloss . On specific hard colors I get something real close then add some other color , put adab on a trial spot and let dry to see color match , so cheap but awesome , thin them with windshield washer fluid from auto parts store  $3 a gallon , cleans airbrushes fantastic too .

Yup, me too.  If airbrushing, be sure to strain the paints thru a filter screen and thin them slightly before using them in your brush.  Clean out the airbrush immediately when you're done painting, or else you'll have trouble later on trying to get it cleaned out good.

Paul  

Ship Rock Island ROCKET FREIGHT

 

2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high in either case.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

If the government knew how much fun O-gauge railroading was, they'd outlaw it!

Scalecoats paints formerly sold by Weaver is handled/sold by MinuteMan Scale Models . WWWminutemanscalemodels.com. Claim to be the same paint produced by Weaver. 

Rick

PRRT&HS #8473

N&W HS  #5825

State College, PA

"And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers

   Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel"

    "This train got the disappearing railroad blues"

 

Since l build a lot of rolling stock and some large O scale structures: stamp mills, grain elevators,  etc. , I used a lot of 98c rattlecans from the Wally Wasteland.  They have dried up and been replaced by $4.00 gold-plated overpriced brands, or the orher choice is tiny model specific paints in  N scale spray cans, and l don't like it!  I am not going to fool with cleaning an airbrush.  Glue, point, and press is my modeling method.  Is this an import duty problem?

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

I thank those of you that helped me find acrylics I can use to airbrush rolling stock and locomotives. That was the only purpose for this thread. If you like painting a different way, that’s not my concern. 

American by birth. Southern by the grace of God.  

Don't shy away from the Model Masters acrylics if you liked shooting Polly Scale. I think the MM stuff is more consistent and not in need of thinning right out of the bottle. I am running a Paasche VL at around 20-25PSI using the size 5 tip (I think). The PS weathering colors and some basics (Reefer White, Engine Black, etc.) transferred to MM at least. These were my most commonly used colors anyway. Specific RR colors are long gone of course but I found some decent substitutes in their regular line.

Des Plaines Hobbies has a good selection of Scalecoat II paints for plastics, some which have been discontinued. Polyscale paint is good for plastics as well, but some colors seem different shades than Scalecoat. 

Larry Neal TCA, LCCA Fan of the ACL, SAL, SOU, Clinchfield

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