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Painting Baseboards
« on: February 03, 2014, 01:08:26 PM »
Hi All,

With your encouragement I am making some progress on my very small terminus layout - Measly Junction.  I have finally decided upon a track plan and operational rational, ordered the 4 points and track and have managed somehow to construct a 2ft traverser that appears to traverse.  I changed my mind about the Modelex controller as I realised I would have to deal with transformers, cutouts, wiring, etc. For simplicity I shall opt for a Gaugemaster Combi instead.

For the top of the baseboards I am using some old Sundeala that has been following me around for 20 years. Before any track laying commences I was thinking of giving the woodwork and Sundeala a coat of darkish grey interior/exterior primer to smarten everything up a bit.

Then I thought should I be painting Sundeala?  Can anyone help please.

Many thanks,
Lawrence

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2014, 01:40:35 PM »
I've used Sundeala on all my layouts to date but painted the surface on only one instance (green emulsion, if I recall correctly). No problems were suffered as a result.
I'm quite sure, like me, you have some offcuts somewhere so have a practice on them first :hmmm:

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2014, 07:46:49 PM »
Hi Lawrence

I've painted every sundeala base I've built. I've tended to use the large bottles of acrylic poster paints that you can get in shops like the Works. They're cheap and less gloopy than emulsion and you can mix them easily once you've got all the primary colours. It's always worked for me.

Good luck with the layout, looking forward to some pics of the progress.

Regards

Jason

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 09:47:45 AM »
Hi Both,

Many thanks for the useful input. I shall give it a go on some scrap first.

Thank you,
Lawrence

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 10:18:50 AM »
Any post mentioning "painting" seems to get just about zero replies. Does everyone use card kits or undecorated layouts - or is this the secret part of railway modelling?

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2014, 10:24:29 AM »
Any post mentioning "painting" seems to get just about zero replies. Does everyone use card kits or undecorated layouts - or is this the secret part of railway modelling?

The two replies gave the OP all the information he needed, there is no need for others to repeat the same information  :confused1:

cheers John.

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2014, 11:16:50 AM »
Maybe it's more a reflection of how many of us use Sundeala :hmmm:
When I started out in N it was the baseboard choice but times have moved on since.

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 01:47:59 PM »
Is there a baseboard of choice out there now that I'm overlooking? Sundeala has always been my first port of call in the past.

Is there a firm favourite on which to lay unitrack which is strong yet light?

Jason





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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2014, 01:29:18 AM »
I definitely prefer plywood. Doesn't need to be marine grade but should be 5 layers or more and varnished.
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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2014, 12:48:52 PM »
I definitely prefer plywood. Doesn't need to be marine grade but should be 5 layers or more and varnished.

In that case my choice of 6mm plywood and lots of varnish should be a safe one, thanks.

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Re: Painting Baseboards
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2014, 12:59:20 PM »
I'm with EP.
Plywood is my choice.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


 

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