Painting Brass: TCT likes to use Floquil and Scale Coat 1 paint on brass models.
I’ m one of the few modelers who believes all brass models should always be painted & out of the box & run on the layout. I also believe that weathering improves the realism in a model and reveals details that otherwise get overlooked.
OMI b-15b B&M 2-6-0 w/plow out of the box
Brass models require more attention in preparation before painting. The preparation of the model is the most important & usually the most time consuming part of the project.
After - with maiden test run video.
Painting & Weathering Plastic:
One aspect of the hobby is Freelance modeling. Sometimes a favorite railroad & a favorite engine don't exist together so artistic modeling is required to achieve the end result. Since I no longer waste my time counting rivets, fun projects like this sd-45b are born!
Painting multiple colors: Now the 1st thin coat of paint can be applied. Start with the lightest colors first when using light color primer. In this case CSX new future gold will be used on the ends & side of walkway. Tip: If I know the weathering is going to be worn off to show what's under then I will paint the whole model the same lighter color. If I know the weathering is not heavy then I'll carefully tape off the ends and paint only the ends. This is so the next color is the same thickness. Don't forget to remove the tape over the labels.
Necessary work performed to get what you paid for:
Complete all mechanical work if needed & test run--Disassemble the whole model--grit blast to remove old paint or clear finish and to rough up surface--Clean with toothbrush using soap and water—Re-solder any poor joints--Reassemble sub assemblies--Prime model if needed (most do)--Bake dry--Paint and bake dry–Mask and repeat for second color etc.–Clear finish--Decal model--Clear finish again air dry–flat finish air dry--Re-assemble model--Install decoder, lights, details, figures etc--Test run–Weather to desired level--custom program each model--final test run on a layout--pack/ship. Enjoy!