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    • July 18, 2017 10:15 PM EDT
    • Colin Criswell said:

      Water boils at 212 F, but steam gets much hotter than that.  You need a paint that will withstand at least 350 F, 400 F would be better.

       

       

      The VHT premium paint is rated at 550 F, and the header paint is rated to 2000 F, so it'll be fine.

       

    • July 18, 2017 7:26 PM EDT
    • Yep. Or if your space suit springs a leak, the water in your body will boil at body temperature. But that is going kind of counter to the discussion.

    • July 18, 2017 12:50 PM EDT
    • And boils at lower temp if pressure is less, like about 203 degrees in Denver Co.

       

      Greg

    • July 18, 2017 5:37 AM EDT
    • Ah, water in a pressure vessel (under pressure) boils at temperatures above 212f

    • July 17, 2017 11:52 PM EDT
    • Water boils at 212 F, but steam gets much hotter than that.  You need a paint that will withstand at least 350 F, 400 F would be better.

    • July 17, 2017 10:58 PM EDT
    • Thanks Todd, while reading the specs on the VHT, it describes curing as baking at 200 F, or  "the inherent heat of normal braking operations will also accomplish curing".

       

      I wonder if the heat from the cylinders count as inherent heat? Temp at the cylinders should be minimum of 212 F. Next time I run her, I'll have to pull out my digital thermometer and shoot the cylinders.

       

      And that looks like the right shade of blue.

    • July 17, 2017 10:05 PM EDT
    • Super high heat header paint:

       

      https://www.walmart.com/ip/VHT-SP110-FlameProof-Coating-Flat-Blue-Paint-Can-11-oz/179185262?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=1122&adid=22222222227048501209&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=146923747569&wl4=aud-261800282100:pla-259134010711&wl5=9031533&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=101593696&wl11=online&wl12=179185262&wl13=&veh=sem

       

      High Heat Caliper paint:

      http://www.brandsport.com/vhtp-sp732.html?cmp=fwgs2011&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwLHLBRDEARIsAN1A1Q74h3VeD5Ncaz-p0-ElRMgRLBOg6qvPZiOyvGzssIgDHzw-rA3ubYgaAmLBEALw_wcB

       

      Anodized blue engine paint:

      http://www.tcpglobal.com/VHTSP451.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwwLHLBRDEARIsAN1A1Q7_3CVpg1B4wwkCBvPSpmRz0HkyDLp1nxD-r0GAvHzMDezuUlGhi7saAhzJEALw_wcB#.WW1sVITyu70

      Various blues including Holden blue if you are feeling like a Road Warrior:

      http://www.vhtpaint.com/high-heat/vht-engine-enamel

    • July 17, 2017 9:37 PM EDT
    • Guess I'll be looking for a High Temp gloss navy blue then. Water boils around 212 F, I would hope the temp wouldn't exceed 400 F on the Sammie.

    • July 16, 2017 8:31 PM EDT
    • Mike - not if the paint is not rated for the temperature service it is going to be put in. Most paints are not rated for any higher than about 300-400 degrees. Above those temps the paint begins to break down and failure is in the future.

    • July 16, 2017 5:29 PM EDT
    • I didn't, but I would think if I use the right primer, and like Shawn suggested, baking the finish on, I should be okay.

    • July 15, 2017 2:19 PM EDT
    • Didja get Engine Paint, I think it's formulated for higher temps.

       

      John

    • July 15, 2017 2:16 PM EDT
    • Just picked up a can of self-etching primer from O'Reilly's, I'll spray the covers down with Brake Clean, and get the rest of the paint and oil off, let them dry real good, and spray them later this afternoon.

    • July 15, 2017 7:19 AM EDT
    • Mike Wlez said:

      Well, that was short lived..., engine is fine, but the nice blue paint I put on the cylinder covers burned off. I'm thinking I should have used self-etching primer instead of a standard rust-o-leum primer. Any suggestions as to which brand is better?

       

      Try cleaning the covers first, might have had some oil still on it.  Make sure the parts being painted are warm as well as the spray paint.  I like to put the parts in the oven set at low so the paint can bake on.  

       

    • July 14, 2017 10:49 PM EDT
    • Well, that was short lived..., engine is fine, but the nice blue paint I put on the cylinder covers burned off. I'm thinking I should have used self-etching primer instead of a standard rust-o-leum primer. Any suggestions as to which brand is better?

    • July 13, 2017 8:44 PM EDT
    • My scratch built Bowman. Constructed from photos off the web and much head scratching. There is a video of it steaming in the

      video section.  

    • July 9, 2017 9:51 AM EDT
    • Looks like a lot of FUN ! 

    • July 9, 2017 9:37 AM EDT
    • Tuckahoe is always a gas (and a steamup) but it is hot and dusty, so I only stayed a few hours.   My latest acquisition, a Merlin Mayflower got a couple of runs.  (Forgot to take my TX for the loco, but it can be run manually.)

       

       

      Here's a vert short video of it in action, and being overtaken by an Aster NYC Hudson:

       

       

      There are also lots and lots of traction engines.

       

       

      and other weird devices.

       

       

       

    • July 8, 2017 11:57 PM EDT

    • Made my first runs with my Aster SBB Eb 3/5 Habersack locomotive today at the summer steam up held at Jim Sander's house in Brownsburg, Indiana. Hopefully the link will take you to a short video I made of a couple laps in the middle of one of my many runs today. Still having some steam raising problems but with some babying she will eventually stablize and run well for the duration of the boiler water. Ernie Noa, John and me traced it to some improper packing of the wicks, along with being packed way to tight. So I will be repacking wicks properly tomorrow. I had not messed with the wicks yet since trading for the engine. I did burn a complete quart can of fuel today, so some miles were put on the old girl. Mike

    • June 11, 2017 12:13 PM EDT
    • My first day back from Florida running trains at Jerry's.  Jonathan turned up with my ex-Tom Myer Merlin Mayflower:

       

       

      So we put it on the small loop with some LGB Feldbahn trucks.  It looked great and ran well, despite being ancient and having a ch63 FM r/c radio.  Just got to figure out how the whistle works.

       

      Then it was Eddie's turn (Accucraft 'Countess' with new nameplates "Edward".  Wife likes to name them so she can tell which we are talkng about.)  I got it to replace a 'Sea Lion' (about to go on sale) as I wanted something more like a UK tank engine.  This 1:20 loco is about 50% bigger than the 1:13.7 Sea Lion.

       

       

      And finally, a shot of the Merlin with Jerry's guards van/caboose, an LGB 4107 which seems to be close the 1:20 or 16mm (1:19) scale.  It works, mate.

       

    • June 9, 2017 6:34 PM EDT
    • Oh that's no good. I may have a shay for sale !!