SCALECOAT PAINT

jtomstarr May 31, 2020

  1. jtomstarr

    jtomstarr TrainBoard Member

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    All,

    What SCALECOAT PAINT is safe for Plastic?

    Tom
     
  2. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    Scalecoat II would be your choice I think.
     
  3. bill pearce

    bill pearce TrainBoard Member

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    I ordered some from the company two months ago. Hope it come within my lifetime.
     
  4. bill pearce

    bill pearce TrainBoard Member

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    They used ti have a quick dry additive for SC I to enable its use on plastic. It was perfect when they made EMD demo blue, which got the metallic blue dead on. But that didn't show up from the new owner.
     
  5. woodone

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    Bill, I too have an order in to them.
    See your PMs
     
  6. woodone

    woodone TrainBoard Member

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    Not sure what I might do.
    I can not believe that a company that is this thin on people they did not figure out how run from home.
    At least that way they could respond to e-mails and or phone calls.
    Big pet peeve of mine- no information has what is going on?
    Good way to break a company IMO.
    Your order is 60 days old and you have not heard a word from them?
    I know my order is now 30 days and no response.
    Bad idea.
     
  7. woodone

    woodone TrainBoard Member

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    Where can I get Scale Coat paints?
    I ordered some from minuitman, and after 30 days tried to contact them about the order.
    Two phone calls and left messages with a call back #
    To date I have not heard a word.
    I paid via pay-pal so today I am retracting the payment.
    No contact with them is very poor management in my view-
    If this is the only place you can get scalecoat, I guess that I will have to find a replacement for paint.
     
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  8. wpsnts

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    For what it's worth I've been happy with Tru-Color Paint. It dries glossy like Scalecoat. Lots of color choices. They will take phone orders and ship fairly quick. A bit pricey though.
     
  9. woodone

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    Thanks, I am aware of True-Color.
    This is for a brass locomotive so, I am looking for paints that are not water base.
     
  10. tonkphilip

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    True-Color seems to be solvent based, so wont't that work for your brass model? - Tru-Color Paint is an acrylic solvent based paint that is designed to be airbrushed directly from the bottle without thinning. Tru-Color Paint can be blended to produce a variety of shades and hues for your specific product needs. Although Tru-Color Paint contains a small percentage of acetone we DO NOT RECOMMEND that acetone be used to thin (dilute) the Tru-Color Paint. Adding just acetone to thin Tru-Color Paint may harm the intended gloss or semi-gloss finish our paint is intended to give as it will dry too fast. Also, too much acetone will cause the solvent system to evaporate too quickly during air brushing causing the painted surface to appear rough and/or it may blush.
     
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  11. cfquinlan

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    Minuteman is the manufacturer of Scalecoat Paint, so they are the best bet
    for getting it online. I have also had luck getting their stuff on eBay. In light of this conversation, I might give True-Color a try.
     
  12. bill pearce

    bill pearce TrainBoard Member

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    Scalecoat 1 is best for brass.
     
  13. bman

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    Like mentioned above use Scalecoat 1 for brass. Scalecoat 2 is for use on plastic. My local hobby shop orders it from Walthers for me.
     
  14. Randy Stahl

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    I have used Tru Color on a few brass with great results. They are NOT water base. They thin well with Acetone, not water.
     
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  15. Rich_S

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    My local hobby shop carries Scalecoat paint. If your local hobby shop does not carry Scalecoat paint or you do not have a local hobby shop, you might be better off purchasing Scalecoat paint from the Walthers online store, instead of trying to get it from Minuteman Scale Models. Because of current events, they may just be getting back to work. Remember most of these model railroad companies are mom and pop cottage industries.

    I've been using Scalecoat II for years going back to the days when the paint was still being produced by Weaver Models. I've never had any issues with Scalecoat II on plastic models. I've also had great success using Scalecoat II "Wash Away" paint stripper on plastic models.

    Here are my two most recent repaints using Scalecoat II paint.

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    As mentioned above, if the original poster is painting a brass model, then it's recommended to use Scalecoat (aka Scalecoat I) Scalecoat II would probably work on a brass model, but remember Scalecoat II is specially formulated for Plastic. Never use Scalecoat I on Plastic.

    Now the disclaimer, I am in no way associated with Weaver Models, Minuteman Scale Models or Walthers. Just a happy user of Scalecoat II paint and paint stripper.
     
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  16. Carl Sowell

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    I recently finished a paint project that finally had me try Tru Color paints because I had trouble finding Scalecoat brand. I have a brass Challenger, that I had added a plastic tender to, so I had brass and plastic to paint. I ended up using Tru Color and airbrushing, after thinning a tad, and am pleased with results.
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    I have nothing against Scalecoat, as I have used it before on my Black Widow F-7's. Just easier to get TC from Arizona.

    I have fixed the masking goof and the orange plug.

    Stay well!
     
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  17. bill pearce

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    . Never use Scalecoat I on Plastic.
    When produced by Weaver, the line included a "quick Dry" additive for SC I to allow its use on plastic. Certain colors were available only in SC I formula. Perhaps Minuteman has added SC II versions of these colors? If not, it would be nice if they brought the additive back.


    Now the disclaimer, I am in no way associated with Weaver Models, Minuteman Scale Models or Walthers. Just a happy user of Scalecoat II paint and paint stripper.[/QUOTE]
    Nor am I.
     
  18. Rich_S

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    Nor am I.[/QUOTE]

    Hi Bill, To the best of my knowledge, all colors available in Scalecoat I are also available in Scalecoat II.

    Here is a link to the Scalecoat color chart.
    http://www.minutemanscalemodels.com/v/vspfiles/Colorchart/ScalecoatColorChart.pdf
     
  19. John Moore

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    One comment to the folks not getting back to you is that they may be shut down due to the virus, and some outfits have been shut down for over two months now. Bachmann just got their site back up so one can order parts and that Big store west of Baltimore is still operating on a shoe string, while direct orders from Japan are not shipping at all.
     
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