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I now have multiple duplicates of various rolling stock within my collection. I would like to repaint these to a custom line unique to my layout. These cars are all plastic, mostly Bachmann. I would like to use spray paint to get an even coating on the cars. What is the best to use? How can I do this and not loose the details such as rivets. Is there a better way I am unaware of?

I am thinking of using the following scheme for box cars and reefers: Black roof, Deep red sides. I also am going to design a logo in white. Tankers will be Deep red with black domes. I have one F7 slated for this and the tender of a steamer that will go with this new line.
 

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I would first strip them using 91% rubbing alcohol. Soak for about 15 minutes and wipe off the paint. Rinse thoroughly in cool/cold running water. Don't let them soak too long. Some plastics get very brittle.

I repaint mine, for the most part, with an air brush using Floquil or PolyScales paint. I have used a "rattle can", aerosol paint(usually Krylon), but apply a dull coat when finished and have the decals and any weathering have been applied.

Another step I use that many do not is that I apply a gray, flat black, or oxide primer before applying the finish coat.

Using an air brush gives you better control of the paint flow versus the "rattle can". Apply in fine even strokes.

Bob
 
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