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    Brass Custom Painting

    After seeing other threads about painting I decided it is time to paint my brass locos and cabooses. Can any of you recommend someone to do this for me. I paint all of my plastic with good results but am kind of afraid to touch my brass. I'd also like to have sound and DCC installed. Thanks
    CSX Locomotive engineer. Short Line, Main Line, and the Texas

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    Here are some sites that I have found that cover some aspects of painting brass locomotives and rolling stock:

    CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE

    The third link has a section that deals with installing decoders in a brass locomotive.

    If you are comfortable painting plastic, I don't see why you couldn't paint brass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveM76 View Post
    After seeing other threads about painting I decided it is time to paint my brass locos and cabooses. Can any of you recommend someone to do this for me. I paint all of my plastic with good results but am kind of afraid to touch my brass. I'd also like to have sound and DCC installed. Thanks
    Steve,
    Is this the brass stuff you bought at the train show? Id like to see the results after its all done.



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    Alex, yes the caboose I bought needs to be painted and I want my SP 4-10-2 painted with sound and DCC. I'll soon have a lot more to get done but that is it for right now.
    CSX Locomotive engineer. Short Line, Main Line, and the Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Das View Post
    Here are some sites that I have found that cover some aspects of painting brass locomotives and rolling stock:

    CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE

    The third link has a section that deals with installing decoders in a brass locomotive.

    If you are comfortable painting plastic, I don't see why you couldn't paint brass.
    Thanks!!! I'm a bit of a perfectionist. If I mess up a little on my plastic it doesn't hurt nearly as much as a $600.00 brass loco.
    CSX Locomotive engineer. Short Line, Main Line, and the Texas

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    Roger that. I was just trying to encourage you.

    I've painted brass diesels in the past and they weren't that hard. However, I have a brass DMIR Yellowstone that I have put off painting because I don't want to mess it up. So I understand your feelings on this matter.

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    The main problem I have is taking the doggone engines apart. I have a couple brass engines and a brass caboose that are B&O specific models. Then again I have been told by a couple local brass "experts" that the minute I apply paint, the value decreases. And there is this "thing" that occurs when I see an unpainted brass engine - just something awesome about the look of brass. Once the paint is on, the engines look like all the other plastic higher grade engines...

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    Tim, I agree completely!!! Taking the darn things apart is really what worries me. I've never had to re-quarter drivers or anything of the sort and it really wouldn't be my cup of tea so I'd just rather have someone else do it. At least they've done it before (I hope:tb-tongue. I also don't have any experience installing sound so I'll just have them do that while they're at it. I enjoy building, painting, and generally modeling but some things I'll leave to the pros.
    CSX Locomotive engineer. Short Line, Main Line, and the Texas

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    I'm an N scaler, but am getting into doing custom painting on steam engines. What locomotives are you looking at getting painted? Do you have the decals for the numbers and heralds already. I only do steam right now, so drop me a PM on what you have. Here is a sample of some of my steamers, the pics are a bit fuzzy but they convey my work.




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    Those look great! I've decided to paint one of my SP cabooses myself and I contacted BC Enterprises to do the work on my SP 4-10-2. They have the decals on hand and aside from painting and installing DCC with sound they also install a headlight, marker jewels, and kadees.
    CSX Locomotive engineer. Short Line, Main Line, and the Texas

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