A VERY FAST, EASY AND ACCURATE METHOD FOR PAINTING TIES ON HO TRACK AND TURNOUTS
Weathering Railroad Ties with Acrylic Paint.
It is recommended you read these instructions all the way through first, before starting the conversion.
WEAR PROPER EYE PROTECTION AT ALL TIMES, WHEN USING ANY POWER OR MOTORIZED TOOLS!
Paint - available from Art/Craft Stores
Golden Brand Heavy body Acrylic Paints in the following colors -
Ultramarine blue or Cobalt blue
2 Bristle brushes for Oil painting – small, less than 1/2” short hair (bright type)
White plastic or china plate for mixing
Water spray/mist bottle (from drug store)
Water container with water for rinsing brushes
1. Moisten brush and burnt umber paint and apply a very thin, coat of burnt umber mixed with a touch of blue to dull it down. It should be dry enough to scrub on to the ties but should stain the ties fairly easily. Add only enough water to help to spread the paint, keep the whole process as dry as you can. Note -Acrylic paint dries very quickly so you must also mist the paint on the plate frequently with water to stop it drying out.
2. Along the way add in some burnt sienna paint to the mix to give a little variety to the dark brown. Also a little yellow ochre for variety. Vary the color of individual ties by adding more or less dark brown to them. You can make cracks in the wood now, if you like, by using a fine black permanent marker pen.
3. Now mix a little yellow ochre, a little more white, a little burnt sienna and a touch of blue to make a light gray color. Note – Acrylic paint dries darker than it appears when wet so make this gray a little lighter (perhaps 20%), than you think you might want it when finished.
4. Lightly brush on the surface of the ties and immediately wipe off in some areas with a tissue or paper towel – use a light touch here. (If you use a moist tissue less gray paint will remain). Keep the whole application fairly dry and only add enough water to the paint to moisten it and help it spread.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 again if necessary.
6. Do not let the paint dry on the brushes – wash brushes in soap and water as soon as possible after you have finished.
Note – Acrylic paint is a plastic film so if you apply it too thickly you will lose the wood feel of your ties and instead get a solid painted look. If you use it sparingly the ties will still have the appearance of wood when you have finished.