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I've got a mixture of Scalextric Sport track borders - some beige and some black.

I'd like them all black. What's the best way of re-colouring the beige ones? I'm thinking a coat of aerosol plastic primer followed by a few coats of matt black. Is there a better way??
TBH, I'd prefer brush-on to aerosol. Anyone got any suggestions on that front?

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What about brush on matt black hammerite paint, its very tough so hopefully will not come off when a car hits it ?

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Did mine with "Plasti-kote projekt Paint, Primer Super - Black #1146" and they turned out fine. It's a spray-on matt black and got a very good match with original Scalex borders in Black. I got fed-up with black inners and sand outers. It also worked well as a basecoat for re-liveries on cars... so handy stuff.

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I am enthusiastic about brush on house paints for track and borders. Excellent value for money. Have the local paint shop mix a pint of either interior or exterior acrylic paint in whatever color you prefer. I brush directly onto the plastic - no primer - and have had great results. A lot of coverage for little money, and easy to apply.

In the past, I've tried all sorts of primers, sprays, surface preps, fancy expensive paints - you name it, I've tried it. In the end, inexpensive basic house paint applied with a brush gave the best result.
 

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QUOTE (ThaiRacer @ 21 Jun 2011, 19:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>In the past, I've tried all sorts of primers, sprays, surface preps, fancy expensive paints - you name it, I've tried it. In the end, inexpensive basic house paint applied with a brush gave the best result.
So what are we talking here?? Smooth emulsion like you put on interior walls, or "Snowcem" type stuff?

I've been looking-up the Plasti-kote stuff as in HighlanderSCXWW's post above and in the process I found that Halfords do an aerosol "plastic bumper paint" which comes in 2 shades of grey, and black. They claim it doesn't need primer. Anyone tried this product - either in its correct application, or on plastic track/borders?
 

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I sprayed a flat black paint from a larger hardware store chain here in Oz directly onto the sand coloured borders and they came up a treat, pretty much match the scaley track colour and seem to handle the cars sliding on it. I've only had some paint come off when I stuck some overhead sign directly onto a piece with 'bluetack' and that pulled the paint straight off, a quick squirt with the spray can and it was back on the track in 5 mins.
Each can was about $3AU so no major expense and is always available. Not sure what type you could use though but I'm sure something of a similar nature would be fine.
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PS-You just need to make sure you have cleaned each piece and remove any grease/oils etc from the manufacturing process.
 

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What is the best way to prepare Scalextric track for painting?
Soap & water or something like isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) or turpentiine/spirits?

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QUOTE (StuBeeDoo @ 22 Jun 2011, 03:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So what are we talking here?? Smooth emulsion like you put on interior walls, or "Snowcem" type stuff?
Yes, when you say, "smooth emulsion", I believe we are talking about the same thing - a water-based, matte finish, acrylic emulsion for Interiors.

I bought the paint at a neighborhood paint shop/hardware store. I went in, looked at a book containing hundreds of different color chips, pointed to the color I wanted, asked for water-based acrylic base, specified "Interior" because it was much less expensive than Exterior, and walked out 5 minutes later with a $10 gallon of paint that looks just like concrete. I slapped it on with a brush. Quick, painless. Clean up with water, no nasty fumes, no tedious masking, dries in 1 hour.

I'm not familiar with Snowcem, but it appears to be specific for masonry. The paint I used was not specific to masonry.

QUOTE (sealevel @ 22 Jun 2011, 11:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>What is the best way to prepare Scalextric track for painting?
Soap & water...?
I used liquid dish soap and water for the borders. For the track, I wiped it down with a clean, dry towel - that's it. No solutions, no solvents, no liquids, no nuthin'. The paint sticks like glue, with no lifting, peeling, flaking, etc.

Of course, your results may vary, but I've been very pleased.
 

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After this I feel the need to repaint mine, hmm, would sand being sprinkled on while damp give a realist edge, thinking of the cars sliding. Maybe I'm just thinking cr*p
 

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Revell matt model paint.
You`d be suprised how far just a small pot goes, & absolutely no preparation required.
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I have to be honest, I haven't checked this thread since Wednesday.


On Friday (in haste, as per usual) I bought an aerosol can of white plastic primer and one of matt black from Halfrauds. Seems to have done the job OK, but time - and my rally cars - will tell.

Next question......

Some of the borders have plain white edging lines and some have red and white stripes. Sorry, I should have explained why - the R3 and lead-in/out borders I bought had black inserts and I've sprayed them with the white primer. What's the best way of replicating the red blocks as on the R2 borders? Am I going to have to mask the bits I want left white and go over them in red?

TIA again
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With a steady hand and a flat artist's brush, you should be able to paint the red blocks by hand.

Not part of the OP question, but thought I would mention it anyway - on some of my borders, I wanted a textured look, tyre tracks in the mud, rough ground etc. To get the effect, I used acrylic mastic, and worked it with a spatula to the effect I wanted. Then when it was dry (day or so) painted it with normal acrylic paint.

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Hhmmmm. I might have to do that ^^^^^ with mine.


Sorry for nicking your idea Simon.
 
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