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Old 21-12-2017, 09:21 AM   #1
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Advice please; Iíve ditched the sundeala I started with and replaced it with 18mm ply (surplus to requirements from my sonís shed lining), biscuit jointed together and nice and level. Now that Iíve bought the Peco bullhead track Iím keen to get on with laying it but should I paint the baseboard first? If so what do you experienced people recommend I use? Or should I just paint around the scenery as I go along?
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Old 21-12-2017, 09:27 AM   #2
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Either way, though it does help if you paint the baseboard first with a base colour as any gaps in the scenery will be more hidden from having a baseboard colour.
For most model railways, the best idea is to paint great below where you plan to lay tracks or roads or houses and a shade of green under the scenic bits.
I've always used those cheap emulsion test pots of paint for layouts as a base coat as they are (Or were when I bought them) reasonable in price for the amount you will need.
I hope this helps.
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Old 21-12-2017, 09:38 AM   #3
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Yes paint the board. I used emulsion paint. Use anything you have or buy some little test pots and mix up a colour you like. Dirty brown, black or green are good colours.
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An easy way is to get a tin of green garden shades furniture paint. It applies easily, being intended for bare wood. You can get light blue for the backscene which is better than emulsion which has a tendency to flake off after a number of years.
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Think we all agree on that. I always use a dark brown colour of the cheapest emulsion paint mat finish. It just fills gaps in the grass and things later on in the construction.
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I, like everyone else, used a cheap pot of emulsion (dark grey in my case). However, others do recommend using a varnish to seal the baseboard due to the use of PVA glue/water later. I started an area of my baseboard again and there was a little bit of lifting of the ply in a small area. Next time I will varnish then emulsion on top. Hope this helps.
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I painted all my top surfaces with matt dark brown. I recall it came in a tube from Hobbycraft - easy to apply and dried quickly. My boards were sealed with a 50/50 PVA mix - all over (top and bottom) before anything else was done.
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Just thinking about the colour. Your thread has made me think. Does not happen often
I guess it depends on where you are modelling I guess. Up here when I drive past all the farms the freshly ploughed fields look dark brown. other places like down in south Devon every thing is red.
So if you are going to usea base colour think about where the model is with regards to the geography of the country you are modelling.
But if you are not bothered like me dark brown or gray what the heck.
In Wales the ground is black often. When I lived in Wales after a bit of gardening I came in looking like a coal man.
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Thank you all for your tips, seems obvious when you know. Just been to B&Q to buy some brown and dark grey matt emulsion, fat chance, neither of those colours seem very popular, so back to the shed for a root round in the darkest corners for left over paint or failing that search the net. My layout is both grubby inner city and some open country so the track base will be mid grey and green/brown out in the sticks. Donít think Iíll varnish first as not sure whether Matt emulsion sticks to varnish?
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Find some where who sells Johnsons Paint They do those colours and I got large tin for of muddy brown (not what they called it) for about £12 large tin it was. 2.5 LT . Have used Johnsons paint lots of times in the past and it is good. Google store locator near you and find where it is sold. Trade uses it a lot .
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