paint question

bremner Jun 7, 2015

  1. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

    I live in a rural area, the nearest hobby shop is a Michaels 30 miles away. I get paint when I go to California to visit family. I have a turntable pit to paint, what acrylic paint would you use for concrete?
  2. nickelplate759

    nickelplate759 TrainBoard Member

    Once upon a time I would have recommended Polly Scale aged concrete - you might be able to find something similar in the Model Master line. You don't need an exact match.

    For a turntable pit, which probably doesn't have super-fine detail, have you considered using a regular spray can (Rustoleum, Krylon, something similar) from the hardware store? They come in a bunch of colors.

    Old, weathered concrete tends to be a grayish tan rather than a true gray.

  3. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

    A hobby store carrying military models should have both concrete and hopefully aged concrete paint in the store along with gray and tans that one could blend their own mix.. Some Micheals stores do carry some plastic model stuff and even railroad stuff but not much in the way of paint for them other than the old Testor's bottles in a pack. They do have quite a variety in the Krylon brand and Micheals does carry some of that but usually not the variety found in a good hardware store.

    If you can find a store carrying a good selection of Model Master they do have both the concrete and aged concrete.
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    In a turntable pit, you could have stains, grime and who knows what discoloring the concrete after years of service. I'd start perhaps with a light hue of primer gray, then add to that base color.
  5. Inkaneer

    Inkaneer TrainBoard Member

    Concrete can be many colors. It usually takes on the color of the aggregate (sand, gravel, etc.) that the cement is mixed with. I would suspect that if you are doing a turntable pit that it would not be a newly constructed feature therefore, go for an aged look. If you can find it anymore there was an acryllic paint brand called Ceramcote that Walmart, Michaels and other craft stores carried. One color in that line was called 'Mud Argyle' and it was a dead on color match for aged concrete for this area (Western PA).
  6. rogergperkins

    rogergperkins TrainBoard Member

    This is my thought exactly; Polly Scale line had a couple of options. Either could be blended with a dark brown or black to get old looking or weathered.
  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    True. Both when freshly poured, and as it ages. What is seen in one region, is not necessarily true elsewhere.
  8. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    In spray, I've been using the Testors Light Aircraft Grey as my base concrete color. Sort of a tan/grey mix, very close to slightly aged concrete in this area. If I need to brush on acrylic, I've used Tamiya's "Deck Tan". Then, work from there.
  9. ArtinCA

    ArtinCA TrainBoard Member

    Apple Barrel craft paints will airbrush if you thin them down to about what milk is like. Nice part is Michaels tends to sell them cheap.
  10. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

    So...I have been looking at prototype pictures of turntable pits of the central coast of California....and I came across a simular color in Wally World tonight. For fifty cents, I bought a color named granite gray. I started to repaint a poorly weathered Peco turntable.

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