I need resources for road markings....white and yellow tapes. I tried the pens/ markers for painting yellow lines on the roads but got very frustrated as it didn't work very well on the soft foamy black strips I purchased  from Woodland Scenics.  So I think yellow tape would be better. Your input would be so helpful. thank you.

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Automotive pinstripe tape works great. I used it for the track plan on my control panel.

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After a couple of experiments with different road line products, I decided to "stick" with 1/8" car pinstriping bought from an automotive chain.  At 1/8" wide, the stripping is a little bit wider than scale, but it looks good and most eyes will not notice the difference.  I purchased white and yellow.  I found the pinstriping easier to work with from the standpoint of peeling it from the base paper and applying it to the road surface.   Good luck with your project...

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I have not had luck finding yellow auto pinstripe in my local stores.  The auto stuff I've found online doesn't seem to have sticking power.   I like this model airplane stripe from hanger 9.

Have Fun!

Ron

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luvtrains posted:

I purchased Ultrastripe tape . Expect delivery. Thank you everyone. The pictures were helpful.

You will like it.  It can stretch if you pull it hard enough.  Try to resist doing that.  Just make it taught enough to get a straight line.  

Ron

 

Capetrainman posted:

After a couple of experiments with different road line products, I decided to "stick" with 1/8" car pinstriping bought from an automotive chain.  At 1/8" wide, the stripping is a little bit wider than scale, but it looks good and most eyes will not notice the difference.  I purchased white and yellow.  I found the pinstriping easier to work with from the standpoint of peeling it from the base paper and applying it to the road surface.   Good luck with your project...

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Please share with me the materials used for the roads and streets. I like the look of your roads.

 Pinstripes are great. I would possible use the white.  Just a preference. Both look great.

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Don't forget fog lines from late 60's - 70ish on.   Different states confirmed to the center color and fog lines at different times.

No yellow line anywhere up to early fifties.  No fog lines up to early 60's.

Did you know the white center line idea was said to have originated by a milk delivery van spilling milk along the highway for a distance around 1911?

 

Seth, thanks for the comment.  The material I used for the roads are called "Foamies."  The product is not "foam board" but a solid sheet of foam.  The product has a "memory," so to this point the cars and trucks have not left indentations.  The product is available in 2 mm, 3 mm, 5 mm, and 6 mm at the big craft and hobby stores.  Because the majority of my main street buildings are MTH with the high curbing's, I used a 6 mm and 3 mm together to build up the road height to make the curb size look more realistic.  I used construction adhesive spread thinly to adhere the two pieces together.  The "Foamie" color used is black, and to finish the road surface to a flatter, more weathered look, I painted the surface with a cheap acrylic "pavement color" paint.

Regarding the striping, I started out with a product sold by one of the train hobby vendors.  I continued using his double yellow lines, but I was challenged working with the thinner white lines....that's when I decided to switch to 1/8" white car pin-stripping.  The stripes at the diner, bus and train stations shown in the pictures above are 1/8" pin-stripping. I purchased a yellow also for future double line use.  On my newest road, I used white pin-stripping on the side of roads and a solid yellow strip down the middle.  The new area is still under construction.  I'll post a pic in a couple of days.  

Several months ago, I started a thread asking for suggestions on materials used for roads.  Several guys commented on numerous solutions to the long asked question about roads.  You might search my thread from last summer, I believe, for more information.  Hope this helps...

 

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This thread got me thinking (dangerous, I know) about painting my lines.  

My Wife got me an airbrush for my birthday so I tried some yellow and white on this road.  At first thought, I did not think it would cover the black well.  But I think it's just good enough to look worn.

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John H posted:

Ron, that's good-lookin! You have a lot steadier hand than I do.

John,

I had some help with painters tape.  My hand isn't that steady either.

Ron

I find a white artist's/grease pencil gives a far more realistic look. Airbrushing is fine if you don't mind the prep time.

 

@Joe Hohmann posted:

I find a white artist's/grease pencil gives a far more realistic look. Airbrushing is fine if you don't mind the prep time.

 

Share some pictures.

Approximately 17~18 years ago I built my first "real" railroad in N-scale (I took it beyond flat plywood and fully scenic'd it).  I cut my own stencils out of a plastic milk jug container with an X-acto knife (or any other similar plastic container would work, too).  I then stipple-painted the markings on the "asphalt" with a stippling brush and cheap craft paint.  Like Ron045 and airbrushing, it produced a slight weathered look which I really like.

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Here is a picture of a few N-scale road markings made with home-made stencils.  I will most likely be doing some O-gauge road markings sometime yet this year, with the same method.

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