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I'm thinking of painting my Scaley Sport track grey, so, I have a few questions for those of you who already have....

What paint exactly are you guys using? I know it looks like most of you are using a latex based paint, but what make is it?
I'm sure I've recently read about someone who used car primer spray paint. Wouldn't that damage the plastic track?
As I'm a 'carpet racer', my track is probably filthy, whats the best way to clean the plastic for proper paint adhesion.
Again, as I'm a 'carpet racer', would a painted track stand being set up, taken down and stored in a box, without scuffing the paint?

I've a feeling the last bit will be the killer. I might have to wait until I can get the space for a permanent layout.

Hope you guys can be of help.
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what a good thread, and questions which are on my mind too! The thought of being able to see my black cars when they are on the track is amazing.

1 additional question - what do you do about the rails?mask with tape? remove the paint off em afterwards? take the rails out of the track prior to painting?

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I am disgusted... it is 'orrible'....
it is all slotforums fault
there I was quite happy with my black track - I had even got used to avoid using the few but beautiful black cars that I have and also (almost) accepted the idea that I unfortunately need to avoid buying black cars (due to their bad visibility on a black track).
And now - here at slotforum I see all these wonderful grey painted track with gorgeus scenery around them... and

yes - a black cars start to make sense again.... especially on those wonderful painted tracks


all I need to do now is to move to a new house - occupy the largest possible room - and start building a scenic layout with a painted grey track...


looking forward to reading this thread.
//peter
 

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I used a latex primer made by Krylon. It was sold in pint sized cans. As for durability during storage I am not sure. It does hold up pretty well from light scratching and wiping down but I dont know how well it would hold up with other track pieces moving around on each other in a box. A automotive spray paint primer may hold up a little better.

As for the rails, You can mask them off, or you can just wipe any paint off as you go with a damp towel. Just be sure not to get any tape on painted areas even if its dry. It will take the latex paint right off.

Hope this helps with some of your questions.
 
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Thanks Lister!!

.................now I'm going to have to paint my track grey (with patches added)

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Again, as I'm a 'carpet racer', would a painted track stand being set up, taken down and stored in a box, without scuffing the paint?

Why not use newspaper between the track or thin foam when you put it away.

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I used a mixture of Exterior Sandtex (smooth white) coloured with grey/black artists acrylic.

Although the finish seems fairly durable in (my) normal use, I don't know how it would stand up to a cycle of being taken apart, stacked and put back together again. Maybe you could just try painting a couple of pieces to start with and see how it goes...



 

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I'm going to have to try painting my track soon then, will probably try the car primer method first.
I liked the idea of putting paper between the track when storing it.

Would still like to know what to use to get the track clean before I paint though. No doubt there is loads of oily marks and greasy finger prints everywhere!
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QUOTE Would still like to know what to use to get the track clean before I paint though. No doubt there is loads of oily marks and greasy finger prints everywhere!

Try a little rubbing alcohol. It will take any oily residue off. Shouldnt hurt the track at all.
 
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