Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

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Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Postby beenaround » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:57 pm

Advice needed. Older model railway steam engines came with "shiny" con rods etc I think its nickel plate. I don't remember thinking there was much wrong with that until I started putting them in a display next to their newer brothers. Does anyone know the best way of liberating them from this unrealistic silver shine and the best technique please.

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Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Postby TimberSurf » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:19 pm

I would give them a light coat of matt black wash (very watered down paint), if black (dirty) sounds to oppressive, then just paint with matt varnish to dull them down.
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Postby Bufferstop » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:31 pm

For a quick fix untill you can do it properly, a dark brown felt tip pen tones them down, but it's not very permanent.
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Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Postby Mountain » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:32 pm

I've painted some of mine. The key is that one needs to run the loco every few hours for the couple of days that the paint is drying to prevent the paint from ceasing the rods.
The two steam locomotives (Light green and the black locos) have red rods and the diesel has yellow.
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Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Postby Firefly16 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:20 pm

Connecting and coupling rods were not necessarily grimy/dull, beenaround. Those on locos not long fresh from an overhaul would have an oily appearance. To get this effect, using a fine brush, lightly apply Humbrol Brass (No.54) or Gold (No.16) to the rods and while still wet, brush in a small amount of Humbrol Matt Black (No.33) to give the slightly tawny look suggestive of the first signs of grime. Try this on some bright silverish surface first to get a good idea of the effect.

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Postby flying scotsman123 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:57 pm

I've painted a few, the main thing is to make sure you've got a clean surface free from grease, quite an undertaking on this, most of it seemed to end up on me afterwards!

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Postby TimberSurf » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:41 pm

Very shiny FS123, how do you get it into the display case? I think you will need some big anchor bolts to secure that cabinet! :lol:
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Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Postby flying scotsman123 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:14 pm

TimberSurf wrote:Very shiny FS123, how do you get it into the display case? I think you will need some big anchor bolts to secure that cabinet! :lol:


Can you believe they actually had the tenacity to use it after we had done such a nice job of it!? :o
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Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Postby mattmay05 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:23 pm

I have been using some paint from Railmatch called oily steel, and it does improve the look, dull it down to a more natural look.

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Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Postby Mountain » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:26 pm

That does look good!
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