Scalecoat paint

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Glen Haasdyk, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I just bought a bottle of Scalecoat paint, CN#11 yellow and was wondering if I thin it with Laquer or enamel thinner. The bottle tells me to use scalecoat thinner but that's it.
  2. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I use Testors Brush Cleaner. I've used it for the past 7+ years, and its worked with all enamels, including Scalecoat.
  3. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    So it is an enamel? I need to know specificaly because I have both enamel and laquer thinner but they are not from a model paint supplier.
  4. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Glen, I've used Scalecoat paints (not Scalecoat II) for several diesels and a good number of passenger cars and I always thin it with lacquer thinner (Canadian Tire, about $10.00 a gallon ;) ). You'll get a nice glossy finish, ready for decals, but be sure to let it dry completely: it takes longer than Floquil. I like to let it sit for at least a week, so that it hardens completely.

  5. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Thanks Wayne, that's exactly what I need to know. I have used scalecoat paints before but it has been 15 years and didn't know if they had changed the formula. Even so I'll be testing the airbrush out on a scrap piece before I spray my Proto switcher
  6. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I guess either would work, I've just stuck to the Testors bottle...
  7. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member


    My experience with the older Scalecoat solvent paints was they tended to settle out fairly quickly. Or maybe it was just me not using the paint I had enough. It was a bear to shake the bottle enough to get the pigment back into suspension. Is the solvent-based Scalecoat line still being made?
  8. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I painted the yellow this afternoon and it turned out very well. I would perfer to use a better airbrush since the fine pigments could use better spray pattern than my cheap Badger 250 gives so it took a couple coats (very thin) to cover properly. It was also a little cool out yet for painting.
    Fred, This is Scalecoat I (the solvent based stuff) It was specialy mixed for the CN SIG group so I guess it's as close to CNR green and yellow as you can get.

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