paint for foam

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by sidetracked, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. sidetracked

    sidetracked Member

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    I am wanting to give my blue foam a light coat of brown or some earth tone paint before I start on any scenery or track laying ,,, I am wondering if I need a special paint,, I dont want it to start flaking off after a while or when I glue the scenery and other things down I dont want the paint coming off,,,,, ,,,,, or is it even necessary,,,,, ,, I thought it might be a little more forgiving if there is a spot here and there that i miss with grass and stuff if it would be brown instead of blue,,,, has anyone ever done this,,, , thanks,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,st
  2. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    The cheapest earthtone, flat latex , interior paint works just fine. Solvent based paints will damage the foam.
    You can also add sifted dry dirt to give the paint some texture if you like. I used dirt from my backyard and sifted it with a kitchen seive and then dried it in the oven.
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    Thanks Jim,, thats what I was wanting to hear,,,,,off to wal-mart i guess,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,, st
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    You may be able to get something from the "mis-tint" pile at a fraction of the cost of custom mix. They may even retint it for you if you don't need anything more specific than "dirt colour".

    Andrew
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I use standard latex. I started with a couple of tins of custom mix, but I make undercoats out of anything suitable from house painting (the sage from the living room).
    I made some platforms out of foam and painted them with craft store acrylics; I stuck figures on with accent glue and the pulled the paint off when they fell over.