Painting the Dredger Engine
You are not painting?
You know that…
1. You always get runs
2. You always get hairs in the paint
3. You have NO artistic sense of colours
All of the above is true.
So I have relied heavily on opinions from my readers about how to put some paint on the Trevithick dredger engine and the colours.
Firstly, yes, I got some runs, and sandpapered them out between coats.
Secondly, yes, some brush hairs ended up in the paint on the engine, but I was on the lookout for them, and removed most of them. The few remaining were sandpapered out.
Thirdly, yes, I have no artistic sense of colour, but neither did Trevithick so I am in good company. Most of my readers said to paint it black, so that is what I am doing. Matt black. (SWMBO says that matt hides a multitude of painting sins.)
But, I am leaving most of the brass unpainted, so that I can polish it up for special occasions. I will paint the boiler.
I am brushing on the paint. I have an air brush, but there are a lot of surfaces which I do not want to get paint on, so I am brushing.
I am using matt black epoxy enamel for most surfaces, and pot belly stove black for the hot surfaces. No primer (except on the base). 2-3 coats.
looks nice, black is allways a good colour for a steam engine. Do you still insulate and plank the boiler?
Beware of hot items as valve wheels, paint them red, which prevent burns. The valve bodys, nice and shiny polished.
Thanks Huib, Sounds like what I have in mind. John