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I gave up on the air brush when I had the leaking propellant can.

After some shopping around I found Tamika spray cans at the
hobby shop. I tested to make sure it was plastic friendly before
spraying. I also did extensive masking to keep the roof black.

I was very pleased with the texture of the paint. One coat.
It also continued to reveal the molded on details. Here is
the end result after I installed strip LED lighting with a capacitor
for no blink power.

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Now I have to find yellow Santa Fe caboose
decals and it will be done.

As you can see a spray can paint can
do a credible job.

Before any painting I soaked the whole
former Blue Conrail caboose in Brake fluid
over night. Most came off nicely with
wiping. I did have to use a sharp point
to get the blue paint out of fine details.

Don
 

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Looks nice at that distance. How is it up close?...any orange peel, runs, or any other bad effects?
 

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Nary a one. Looks just as good up close.
Considering my shaky, totally amateur hands I expected runs
and the like. The sole mar is where my point scratched the plastic when
cleaning the old blue out.

The key seems to be to keep the spray can a foot or so back and pass
it evenly across the object. I expected to need more than one coat.
Didn't. Even coverage with one. Maybe it's the quality of the
Tamika brand paint from the hobby shop. I had never used it
before but will again.

It's not water based. I had to use mineral oil to clean up. I
do advise test whatever paint on a hidden spot before you use
that paint. Two samples of other brands claiming to be
plastic friendly marred the plastic.

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The paint texture is more of a matte finish. It's not that much
different from the finish on store bought cars. It's very
smooth so i do feel decals could adhere to it, if I could find
what I want.

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Don just realized you have 2 posts
on this subject,this is the caboose you were looking for the yellow decals for ,correct?
I believe the mineral brown way cars only used white lettering,only the modern bright red called Indian red way cars used the bright yellow lettering,
This being a modern car would be in the bright red not I believe in the mineral brown.
 

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Looks very good Don. Most airbrush propellant can valves tend to leak. I've never had any luck with them. I bought a pretty good airbrush compressor and airbrush from Harbor Freight. Been 2 years now , it's great. On $89 for the set.
 

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Don just realized you have 2 posts
on this subject,this is the caboose you were looking for the yellow decals for ,correct?
I believe the mineral brown way cars only used white lettering,only the modern bright red called Indian red way cars used the bright yellow lettering,
This being a modern car would be in the bright red not I believe in the mineral brown.
You might be right. But the hobby shop did not have the bright red I
wanted, so not wanting to wait any longer I went with this. Actually,
I have a Bachmann Santa Fe caboose with the same exact body but
fewer details. It uses this same color but the cupola is painted bright
yellow and the Santa Fe logo is also yellow. Oh well, I lost count
of the rivets also.

At this point I haven't found either dry transfer or decals for the caboose
that anyone has in stock.

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Okay, okay, it's not HO size. I got the pic while on AMTRAK's Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, OR in 2016. Snapping images through the window of anything interesting. There was a work train on this siding and this gorgeous BNSF caboose. The Columbia River is in the background. 🙂
 
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