weathering the rails

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by artur_p, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. artur_p

    artur_p New Member

    Hi guys I was wondering what paint colours you use to weather your tracks, I'm about to paint mine but i'm having trouble finding the right colour. too bad our tracks dont rust :)
  2. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Black? Grey? Rust? or a mix of all o' them ;)
  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I use burnt umber acrylic as a rule. Floquil rail brown is also a good choice. I use the burnt umber because its cheaper and easier on the lungs. The floquil is closer to the color of most mainline rails. That's my two cents worth. I have some I painted flat black a long time ago and it looks OK to me too. :) FRED
  4. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    I have been experimenting. I read an article in the April 1994 RM, it suggested that you use car spray paint, the author used light sprays of Rust Primer, Grey Primer and Flat Black (mixing the oder of different flex sections). Then wiped the tops of the rails with an old rag and then used a "Bright Boy" along the tops of the rails.

    I have not found the combination I really like, but it is easier than brushing. :D
  5. neilmunck

    neilmunck Member

    You should avoid a really rusty colour as that only occured on disused lines. The trains left plenty of oil on the rails. I use a dark brown for both the sleepers and the rails that seems to work fne but if I could be bothered I'd paint the rails a dark brownish gray.
  6. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

    Floquil Rail Brown or Roof Brown (A little lighter) and some Grimy Black here and there. I used spray cans after the track was down.

    Then you can add a little rust or grease or whatever here and there with a brush.
  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I agree with Fred, burnt umber is a great, cheap, water wash color to start with. You can add lighter rust streaks here and there or grey dust with an air brush or dry brush. Auto primer is about the same, maybe a bit lighter, but I prefer the water based solution. I've tried brushing, airbrushing and spray paint and found it about as fast to squeeze out a big blob of burnt umber and saturate the ends of the bristols on a cheap 3" brush, then jab at the track with the bristol tips, then wipe off the top of the rails.
  8. OhioRailroader

    OhioRailroader New Member

    Something I used years ago that was cheap at the time was a paint for carboard boxes. It was used to cover markings and such. I picked up a big can for a few bucks and it lasted a long time. It's color is close to the rail brown or lighter. If I could find it I'd use it again.
  9. artur_p

    artur_p New Member

    thanks guys
  10. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    I just use cheap student artist acrylic paints. Red Oxide, and Burnt Umber. About $2 a tub from art supplies shops.

    Dab of red oxide, dab of burnt umber then slop on rails. Just mix it on the brush, then you get the variations of colour. No need to be fussy.

    Then go and slop the burnt umber on the sleepers. Then ballast and clean the rails. :)

    Comes out like this.

  11. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Floquil or Polly S Grimy Black is a good color too. Add a little wash of some rust color after its dry.

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