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    • March 30, 2019 8:46 PM EDT
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
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      Painting / weathering wheels the easy way

      I originally posted this method on MyLargeScale possibly 15 years ago. That post and the photos are long gone :(  I needed to paint a bunch today - so I took pictures to put the method back out there again.  I am using Aristo chrome finish metal wheels, but this method would work for any brand / color.

       

      I start with a bunch of rubber O-Rings that are sized to match the tread diameter of my wheels. The O-Rings are about 1.375" outside diameter. They slip over the tread masking it and the flange from paint. Next I mask the axle ends with some wire insulation that has been plugged at one end with a short piece of solid wire - #14 I think...

       

      The trucks were painted previously using the same paint colors / technique.  I made up a jig to hold the wheels while I paint the axles and the back....

       

      I am using Krylon Ruddy Brown Primer as the base color, then misting with Krylon Flat Black before the ruddy brown dries. Here the Rudddy Brown has been sprayed on the backs and the axle. Paint on the wheel faces is just over spray...

       

      The wheels are taken out of the jig to paint the faces. In retrospect the jig was probably not needed at all...

       

      Next, the wheels are misted with the Flat Black to darken up the color getting closer to an old rust color...

       

      Back indoors an hour later the o-rings and insulation masking is removed. One pair has been installed in a truck. I lubricate the axle ends with Hob-E-lube oil...

       

      These wheels and trucks were prepared to finish the Delton Wood Hoppers I picked up last weekend in York...

       

      Before coming up with this method I used to paint everything then clean the axle ends and treads with lacquer thinner. This is much faster and lots less exposure to nasty fumes!

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    • March 30, 2019 9:49 PM EDT
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      Hey, now that is an idea!
      Think it is time to find the "save page as" key.

    • March 31, 2019 8:16 AM EDT
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      Gee, I just mask the axle ends with some 1/4 wide masking tape, and then paint the wheels the same as you did. After an hour or so of running on the railroad, the wheel treads are clean.

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    • March 31, 2019 9:38 AM EDT
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      My masking jig.  3D printed using flexible filament.

      https://largescalecentral.com/FileSharing/user_2332/General/Wheel%20Mask.jpg 

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    • March 31, 2019 12:18 PM EDT
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      I just mix up some acrylic paint (brown, black, grey) to an appropriate color, load up a brush and spin the wheels in situ as the brush puts the color on.

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    • March 31, 2019 2:00 PM EDT
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      Nice Dan!!!!

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    • April 1, 2019 8:32 AM EDT
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      Jon

      I use the Earth Brown Camo paint as a base coat . See the source image Not as red .. they have some cool colors . ultra flat finish ..

      I also just used an elastic to mask the treads .. and Vaseline to cover the shaft ends. poked into some card board .. sprayed them flipped and done again ..

       

      A lot of cool info here :theweatheringshop - trucks

       

      This post was edited by Sean McGillicuddy at April 1, 2019 8:45 AM EDT
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    • April 1, 2019 4:13 PM EDT
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      To each his own!

       

      The black tones down the red a lot.  I have an old spike that I use a a color guide.  My ruddy brown / black mist is dang near dead on when done right and I do it right about 60% of the time.

       

       

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    • April 3, 2019 10:45 PM EDT
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      Jon Radder said:

      To each his own!

       

      The black tones down the red a lot.  I have an old spike that I use a a color guide.  My ruddy brown / black mist is dang near dead on when done right and I do it right about 60% of the time.

       

       

      I agree, when done right it can look real good.

       

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    • April 3, 2019 10:55 PM EDT
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      I use Testors rust to paint the outside of the wheels. Do ya'll paint the locomotive wheels also?

    • April 4, 2019 6:29 AM EDT
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