How do you weather your track & ties?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by XavierJ123, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. XavierJ123

    XavierJ123 Member

    I am getting ready to lay the HO flextrack on corkbed and would like to learn how you weather your track and ties. Also, is there some way to weather some Bachmann EZ track that has a black plastic bed? I would like to use it too if that is possible. Or maybe I should just hide it in a tunnel somewhere.
  2. willist

    willist New Member

    I spraypaint the track [rails and ties] with Floquil rail brown,when that dries I do a very light spray from directly overhead, [so as not to paint the sides of the rails] with diluted grimmy black. After I ballast the track I come back with a very light coat of grimmy black, also from directly overhead. I'm very happy with the results. I hope this info is helpful.
  3. XavierJ123

    XavierJ123 Member

    Thanks Willist. What do you do to make sure you still have good electrical pickup? Clean the top of the track with paint thinner (mineral spirits)???:confused:
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Often running a "brite boy" over the rails will clean the paint off without resorting to an chemicals.
  5. willist

    willist New Member

    Just like Russ said I use a Brite Boy, some people apply a thin coat of clipper [Wahl] oil to the rails before they paint and then just wipe off the rails when finished painting. I tried it once on a very short section of track but I wasn't very neat applying the oil and found it too much of a hassle for me.
  6. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    I have been painting my rail and ties with a brush, but my layout is small and time is not an issue. I paint different ties different colors, and am quite pleased with the results. For larger layouts, I have used an airbrush or spraycan. I think floquil makes a "rail brown" color in a spray can that works well. I still reccomend brush painting a few ties a slightly different color to match prototype variation. Cleanup on railheads has never been an issue for me. I usually try to clean the paint off of the railhead with a paper towl before it dries, or with fine sandpaper afterwards. Model paint does not stick that well to unprimed metal (especially acrylic), so cleaning the rails doesn't take long.

  7. XavierJ123

    XavierJ123 Member

    What is a Brite Boy and where do I buy it? Ditto for Wahl clipper oil? :confused:
  8. SteamerFan

    SteamerFan Member

    Buy Micro Engineering rails and ties ;)
  9. santafewillie

    santafewillie Member

    XavierJ123, Brite Boys should be available at your LHS, if not try one of the online stores. An old pencil eraser would work in a pinch, but they're not as durable nor do they have the embedded grit like the Brite Boy has.Wahl's can be obtained at most barber shops. It's hair clipper oil.
    Like most of the others, I spray paint my track and ties after it has been laid. I wipe the paint off the tops right away and that takes care of most of it. After that it's the Brite Boy. I've tried the Wahl's but like willist said, it's too much of a hassle.

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