Primer Coat Fail - Scalecoat II Paint
In anticipation of the arrival of Y&MV Thrall-Door boxcar decals currently under development, I decided to get ahead of the game and spray primer on the first two cars. I have decided on a paint formula for my Y&MV freight cars. The paint will be a mix of 75% Scalecoat II S2027 IC Orange and 25% Scalecoat II S2012 Tuscan Red.
For the primer I used Scalecoat II S2041 Erie Lackawanna Grey and added a bit of the IC Orange and Tuscan Red to begin the color transition to the end product.
I replaced the couplers and trucks with shop trucks and shop couplers for handling and painting. I like to use those old, useless horn-hook couplers when painting cars as they make excellent handles for positioning and carrying the cars.
The texture of the spray was a little disappointing. It is a little grainy or "splotchy" for lack of a better word. I sprayed these cars in the garage which is my normal spraying environment The temperature was 94° with 48% humidity.
While the texture of this finish is unacceptable, I believe it can be corrected with a more controlled spray of the final color.
As a side note, Scalecoat Paint has been purchased MinuteMan Scale Models. Hopefully this will ensure the future availability of these colors, unlike the Testor's genocide of the Floquil line of paints...yes, I am still not happy about that one.
Are the cars salvageable....? We shall see.