Vehicle Painting

wpsnts May 31, 2020

  1. wpsnts

    wpsnts TrainBoard Supporter

    I am new to painting vehicles. I've started with brushing Tru-Color paints and I don't like the results. I airbrush the base color but it's the hand applied detail colors that I am unhappy with. The paint looks very uneven.
    Any input as to paint brands and application techniques would be most appreciated.
  2. Rasputen

    Rasputen TrainBoard Member

    For chrome trim, I use a 1.0mm Molotow chrome paint pen. You can even cut the tip down to a smaller size with a sharp X-Acto knife.
    I keep a little of the base color to touch up around the trim in case I mess up the chrome.
    Here are some I painted for a friend's layout:

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  3. rray

    rray Staff Member

    They never had cars that nice all the years I was in N Scale!
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  4. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter


    Let me start by saying that I am, by no means, an expert on painting model vehicles.

    I too use and like Tru-Color paints but I airbrush them. The spray version does not brush well at all, however they do have a brushable version. Below is an image that I recently posted but it shows some of what I have been able to do and am quite happy with them. Afterall this is N scale.................


    Not sure how well you can see all the rigs but the red ones, up front, are sprayed with red Krylon paint and the trailers were sprayed with Alclad aluminum. The blue one is sprayed with Krylon spray bomb. tanks are the aluminum. The 2 dry bulk rigs are sprayed with DecoArt acrylics. The small pieces were either sprayed with Molotow liquid chrome or painted on by wetting a round wooden tooth pick and then sliding across the molded on part to "chrome" them.


    Have fun but above all stay well,
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