Second Coat of Paint

I loved the color of the hoist house so much that I am now in the midst of an insane project: to repaint the first two kits I built. I’ve already finished repainting the ice house and haven’t quite started on the creamery. I hope to finish that this weekend.

I didn’t take any pictures of the repainting process, because it was such a mess that I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I was able to simply mask off some portions of the structure, but I also had to remove all the details (the doors, dock, flashing, and cupola), then repair and re-glue each one. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t exactly fun, but I am happy with the result:


As you can see, I removed the tarpaper from the roof. Surprisingly, it came right off without a struggle. I plan on roofing most of the brewery with slate shingles or corrugated metal sheets, but will wait until all structures are built before starting that. 

You can’t quite see it in the picture, but I also repainted the underside of the eaves white (which was the catalyst of the entire repainting project). The doors are also a darker green. 

I am primarily painting with rattle-cans now, except for some touch-up spots. I have been hesitant to use rattle-cans because I was afraid that they would either obscure details or ‘look like’ spray paint (or turn into little flame-throwers, or pocket-dial my mother-in-law, or a whole host of other irrational things).

Instead rattle cans are far easier and faster, and cause less warping than Testors paints. They look nice too. (Don’t worry, the brewery won’t look that nice after I throw some weathering powders at it.) 

What talked me into using rattle-cans? I credit Lance Mindheim, whose article in issue 999 of Model Railroader magazine heavily advocates the use of rattle-cans. While Lance’s aesthetic is far different than my own (he wouldn’t be caught dead with a brewery on his layout, not to mention a switching puzzle) I’ve always admired his brand of hyper-realism, and the fact that he relies heavily on rattle-cans to achieve those results is pretty astonishing.

Anyhow, I will post again after I finish repainting the creamery. Also, the Northwestern Vermont Model Railroad Association is hosting a model train show this coming weekend, which my son and I will be attending. I may post some photos from that here, too.

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