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Paintng photo etch railings and parts

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Paintng photo etch railings and parts
Posted by Doc Hu on Saturday, September 01, 2018 6:55 PM

Hello every one.

I would like to know when you paint the photo etch parts of ship models. I have done it both ways, painting them on the sheet or on the "bench" prior to attaching them and/or forming them to their final shape or painting the whole thing once an entire assembly is done and if you use an airbrush to do the painting or use a hand brush?. I am currently working on the USS Alaska and want to do the kit justice.

Thanks  

Doc

 

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, September 01, 2018 7:02 PM

I don't think it's too practical to paint them in place. A lot of railings are one catwalk width away from the deck structure behind them, and while you can see the brass on the inside, you can't get at it with a brush. And, usually the deck is a different color than the railing, so airbrush is out without some complicated masking.

Like most things, it's a combo. I airbrush mine before assembly, install them, and then come back with railing color paint and a fine tipped brush to clean up and misses, bends etc.

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, September 02, 2018 6:30 AM

Ditto. 

And I prime them before the first coat of color.  I use the predominate color from a spray can or airbrush, then for parts of different color I brush paint them just before putting them on.  I also cover up the brass or stainless spots where the sprue is cut with a brush or toothpick.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Doc Hu on Sunday, September 02, 2018 5:11 PM

Thanks to both oof you for your for your help. I really appreciate it.

 

Doc

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    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, September 02, 2018 5:25 PM

GMorrison

I don't think it's too practical to paint them in place. A lot of railings are one catwalk width away from the deck structure behind them, and while you can see the brass on the inside, you can't get at it with a brush. And, usually the deck is a different color than the railing, so airbrush is out without some complicated masking.

Like most things, it's a combo. I airbrush mine before assembly, install them, and then come back with railing color paint and a fine tipped brush to clean up and misses, bends etc.

 

Ditto

While I'm always forgetting before I get the AB going, I've heard the washing the trees in vinigar helps the paint adhere to the brass. But I can'r say from experance.

Steve

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Posted by Doc Hu on Monday, September 03, 2018 10:43 AM

I have used similar treatments to this on other "non-modeling" projects so it doesn't surprise me it may work here as well. I may try it on some older excess PE first to see how it works. I have also used "Rustoleum" from a spray can as well and it seems to work OK.

 

Thanks for the idea.

 

Doc

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, September 03, 2018 11:52 AM

Careful, though. Let the etching fluid air dry- don't tyry to wipe it off.

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