Woodland Scenics Paint Pens - Tips?

CBQguy Jan 9, 2018

  1. CBQguy

    CBQguy TrainBoard Member

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    Hi All,

    I purchased a set of the Woodland Scenics paint pens in order to make my new Kato Unitrack look a bit more prototypical. I tried it on a sample piece and to be honest I'm not entirely happy with it. It seems to me that the paint tip is too large to really get into the side of the rail.

    Anyone use these and have some tips? If these don't work, I guess I will consider getting a fine tipped brush and doing it that way.

    Thanks!
     
  2. wpsnts

    wpsnts TrainBoard Supporter

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    Could the tips be cut and shaped to soot your needs?
     
  3. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    I’ve had no luck using them. I use a small brush and a lot of patience.
     
  4. CBQguy

    CBQguy TrainBoard Member

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    I agree - they just aren't made for n scale. I will be masking and spray painting my rails.
     
  5. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wonder how these compare to the ones put out by Floquil a few years ago. I had good results with those and found them quite handy for N scale Kato Unitrack and on touch ups. Testors seems to now have these under their own label since killing off the Floquil brand.
     
  6. Stevoblue

    Stevoblue New Member

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    I use the testors version. Part 73801. They work well for me on code 55. 71cyvixVzVL._SL1200_.jpg
     
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  7. jarhead

    jarhead New Member

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    I have to agree with JimJ, use a brush.
     
  8. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

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    Micro brushes will work just fine.
     
  9. MarkInLA

    MarkInLA Permanently dispatched

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    If you don't have allot of permanent things near the tracks and no ballast yet, best and really very fast and easy way is rust and/or camouflage Rustoleum or Krylon spray cans. Just get down so to spray rust across the track. That gets the rail sides. Don't worry about hitting the ties. Just going along wafting it on as you walk. Then go more above the track, spritzing the Camo down at the ties. Do not, I repeat, do not worry zip about your turnouts (Switches)! It's a silly old belief that the paint will freeze them and ruin them. Most the time you'll find no adverse outcome with the points or throw bar whatsoever. You could take one switch and try it. You'll be surprised at the little to no negative affect on them. Don't worry about the residual paint past the track either. it winds up blending in nicely with surroundings..Some rust on ballast is OK, too. When an area is done and dry, go along the tops of the rails in circular motion with side of a 1.25" diameter, steel washer, buffing them to shiny (there's a name for this kind of metal buffing. I can't recall it now). Good luck, M
    PS. Yeah, I too bought those pens. Ugh, what a mess.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2018
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