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Tips On Painting M26 Pershing Vinyl Tracks?

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Tips On Painting M26 Pershing Vinyl Tracks?
Posted by StuartJohn on Monday, October 4, 2021 8:57 PM

Hi I was Wondering If Anyone Has Tips On Painting The Tracks From The M26 Pershing Kit? Also How Do You Prevent The Tracks From Snapping Or Dissolving?

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:20 AM

I pin the vinyl tracks to a piece of cardboard so they look like a pair of snake skins drying.

I spray paint them with an earth brown vinyl spray paint that I get from Walmart. I do both sides. If it is the type of tracks with rubber pads, I paint the rubber track blocks a darker gray color. I then give them an acrylic wash to bring out some detail and then use some silver or metallic gray to highlight some spots of worn metal on the guide teeth and where the sprocket would rub along the track end connectors.

I spray them with a clear coat. Make sure you use paint that is designed to be used on vinyl.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, October 7, 2021 6:58 AM

I pinned mine the same as Rob does, I basecoated with Tamiya Dark Iron XF-84, then I used different pigments and washes.

Out of an abundance of caution  I stick with acrylic products just in case on the tracks..

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, October 7, 2021 7:26 AM


If the tracks are black vinyl, then after painting them brown like Rob said you could also lightly sand the outer rubber pads to reveal the black vinyl underneath - this gives a nice worn surface that looks a lot like real rubber.

It's a challenge to find paints that would really stick to the vinyl... On one track I had a good hit with MM metalizer, on other track it had a tendency to peel off :-( MM paints are no more, anyway... Some people say to go with Gunze C-series paints - sounds like it could work, didn't try it yet...

Hope it helps, have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, October 7, 2021 7:38 AM
I do basically the same as Rob, but use flat black spray paint as a starting point. I don't worry about vinyl-specific paint though, just the cheapest black I can find. I have had no issues with it pealing/flaking off.

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, October 8, 2021 9:57 AM

Similar here, but I stick to acrylics on all the glueable plastic one piece tracks, Tamiya and Dragon. I have had Tamiya tracks harden and break when painted with emanels.

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Posted by Master Cylinder on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:46 PM

I painted the Tamiya M41 vinyl tracks (with Tamiya paint) and most of it flaked right off. Since then I use adhesion promoter and have not had that problem. You can get it from the auto parts store. I use duplicolor. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 15, 2021 2:09 AM

I've had great results with either Krylon or Rust-Oleum "fusion" spray paints.

Ultra Flat Black looks like factory fresh tracks. I weather from there.

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