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Weathering code55 points
« on: November 07, 2019, 12:53:31 PM »
Im new to n gauge so would very much appreciate any tips you may have regarding the weathering of code 55 points.  I have sprayed all my flexi track with sleeper grime and would like my point work to match but am concerned that if I give my points the same treatment as the track that some paint would unavoidably find its way onto the rail where the electrical contact is needed for the switch rails which would be almost impossible to remove on such tiny points. I have tried the woodlands scenic paint pens but the tip is far to big to paint the rails with.  Any suggestions please chaps !

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Re: Weathering code55 points
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 12:57:36 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum!

Have you thought about painting them with the Sleeper Grime paints you can buy as that's the approach I am going to take.. I used a 50/50 mix on my test track and that worked out well?

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Re: Weathering code55 points
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 12:59:23 PM »
Get yourself some masking tape, I use tamiya, and place some on the switch blades and the stock rails (so four pieces of masking tape) where they meet and make physical contact. Then spray to your heart's content.

When dry, remove said masking tape and Robert is your father's brother.

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Re: Weathering code55 points
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 01:16:47 PM »
Thanks for fast response chaps.  Two great tips already, what a great forum this is.   

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Re: Weathering code55 points
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 02:18:28 PM »
You have also now come across one of the reasons why many of us solder a wire to the 'frog' of our points and then use a switch to control the electrical feed, rather than relying on the point's switch blade contact.

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Re: Weathering code55 points
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 04:12:50 PM »
I've also used sleeper grime all over my flexitrack but when it comes to the points I'll be spraying some onto a piece of card then use a paintbrush to apply it from the card.

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Re: Weathering code55 points
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 06:21:37 PM »
I just go a bit more carefully around the point blades, and clean things up afterward. Close the blade while spraying that side, then throw the point and spray the other side.  I do have some Maskol (paint-on masking stuff) but don't think I've ever used it for that purpose. 

I also use a frog power feed with polarity change switch on the point motor, so blade contact is not vital.
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