Robert Middleton wrote:Ah, okay. I tried applying some decals before, but they didn't turn out well. Maybe that's why.
A general painting question though, when painting a locomotive would it be better to use some spray paint, or something like Floquil just painted on with a brush? Or does it not matter(I.E. depend on your preference)?
You can get good results with brush painting, but the process is tedious, and there's always the change of leaving visible brush marks. Spray paints or better yet an airbrush is the way to go. Hobby spray paints are specially formulated for use on model plastics, but check the can before using. Spray cans do have the tendency to clog and splatter, but this can be avoided with careful handling.
The most important thing to remember (and this comes from years of experience taught to me by my dad, an expert furniture finisher): keep your paint source moving
- whether its spray can, spray gun or airbrush, and keep it moving past the edges of your model. Don't let it puddle up. Smooth, controlled motion is what you're going for. Don't paint like you're erasing a chalkboard or wiping a window. The motion is more like spreading peanut butter on bread or frosting a cake. Apply light coats and let them dry before moving on. Don't rush and apply one heavy coat, the paint with cake on and obscure fine detail and you'll be left with a subpar finish.
It's a process, it takes some time, but the results are worth it. You'll be amazed with yourself when you pull away that masking tape and reveal a perfect finish!
~Otto M. Vondrak - Wait, didn't he graduate back in 1999? WTF??
R&IT Metro New York Region - Freight Sales Agent
Graphic Design '99