Scalecoat paint

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Glen Haasdyk, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    I just bought a bottle of Scalecoat paint, CN#11 yellow and was wondering if I thin it with Laquer or enamel thinner. The bottle tells me to use scalecoat thinner but that's it.
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    jbaakko Active Member

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    I use Testors Brush Cleaner. I've used it for the past 7+ years, and its worked with all enamels, including Scalecoat.
  3. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    So it is an enamel? I need to know specificaly because I have both enamel and laquer thinner but they are not from a model paint supplier.
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    Glen, I've used Scalecoat paints (not Scalecoat II) for several diesels and a good number of passenger cars and I always thin it with lacquer thinner (Canadian Tire, about $10.00 a gallon ;) ). You'll get a nice glossy finish, ready for decals, but be sure to let it dry completely: it takes longer than Floquil. I like to let it sit for at least a week, so that it hardens completely.

    Wayne
  5. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    Thanks Wayne, that's exactly what I need to know. I have used scalecoat paints before but it has been 15 years and didn't know if they had changed the formula. Even so I'll be testing the airbrush out on a scrap piece before I spray my Proto switcher
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    I guess either would work, I've just stuck to the Testors bottle...
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    Glenn

    My experience with the older Scalecoat solvent paints was they tended to settle out fairly quickly. Or maybe it was just me not using the paint I had enough. It was a bear to shake the bottle enough to get the pigment back into suspension. Is the solvent-based Scalecoat line still being made?
  8. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    I painted the yellow this afternoon and it turned out very well. I would perfer to use a better airbrush since the fine pigments could use better spray pattern than my cheap Badger 250 gives so it took a couple coats (very thin) to cover properly. It was also a little cool out yet for painting.
    Fred, This is Scalecoat I (the solvent based stuff) It was specialy mixed for the CN SIG group so I guess it's as close to CNR green and yellow as you can get.