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Hi,

I am currently working on a racetrack that will have a Le Mans 1970 theme.
I want to paint the track sections (Scalextric Sport)
to give them the appearance of asphalt. Is there someone out there that has
experience with repainting track surface?
What type of paint should I use? How can I get a asphalt structure in the
surface? With a sponge?.
I look forward to suggestions.

Gerard
 

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HI Gerard. I have painted track several times and I believe Acrylic paint is best because it is hard wearing. I reckon Yves could help too?

I would paint the track in an overall coat, let it dry properly then use a dry brush technique to highlight the grainy surface. Hope this helps mate.
 

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QUOTE (MK2-Escort @ 20 Jan 2004, 06:53 PM)Take a look at this, looks amazing!
Yes David Reinecke's expierences show how painting errors can be made, but also how you can learn from them and come out with good convincing results.

The U.S. market is keen on 100%-acrylic latex, In Europe, people rely on a more diverse line of technologies, mainly vinyl versatate and styrene acrylic latexes.
 

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After 40 years in the business of designing and making real 1:1 scale asphalt, David Reinecke's rendition in 1/32 scale is more than convincing to me - absolutely wonderful modelling skills!
 

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I've got a Ninco track that I painted with a grey latex. I used latex watered down considerably - almost to the consistency of skim milk. If the paint is too thick it goies on too heavy and does not look right. I applied the paint with a sponge dipped lightly in the paint. Apply it unevenly and work it in to the roughness of the track. If you want, take a clean cloth and dab part of the paint up. If it's not light enough, just go over it again. Remember, it's easier to add more paint than it is to take too much off. That's why you should use watered down paint. After it dried, I took some black paint and added skid marks into the walls at various points. Painting track is easy - just play around until you get the look you like.
 

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QUOTE (vanzuuk1 @ 28 Mar 2009, 11:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does the latex peel sooner or later? I did a test patch and it does not seem very durable...

I have yet to paint mine, so I can only go by what I have read others do, but it seems firstly clean the track with alchohol based cleaner, and then spray with automotive plastic primer before applying your chosen paint.
 

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To be honest all is needed is the primer anything more will just make the track slippery well unless you use one of those sticky paints...

The way to go i think is a paint made for like car bumpers since those are made to be "strechable" and wont crack as easy :)

For a plastic track i think you cant beat a plastic primer since those are made to be flexible :)
 

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If you are willing to go all out, another option for asphalt is to use an airbrush. Jimmy (Northline Raceway) has worked out a system for painting tracks using airbrushing that makes for a track surface that is truly something to behold. Not surprisingly, Jimmy is frequently called upon to assist with track painting around Metro Detroit.

Here are a few photo's of my track and then a couple of the Legends track.

Base Paint



Stipling



Drive Line added using Polly Scale "Oily Black"



Legends



Legends



Some of Jimmy's other tools

 
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