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Yellow road strips
Posted by joe323 on Sunday, July 23, 2017 3:01 PM

I am trying to change some White stripes on my roads to yellow but I can seem to find a prototypical shade of yellow for a modern road.  Seems either too yellow or too orange.  Any ideas?

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Posted by RR_Mel on Sunday, July 23, 2017 3:21 PM

Its Highway Yellow.  I went with 1/32” (HO) yellow automotive striping tape.  I have also masked the roads and shot it with my airbrush.     
 
 
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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, July 23, 2017 3:59 PM

It is kind or orange.

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If you can locate a color called "Equipment Yellow", "Caterpillar Yellow", or "School Bus Yellow", that should get you close. I salvaged a bit of actual traffic marking paint from when we painted walkways through the shop.

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Posted by SouthPenn on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:45 AM

RR_Mel

Its Highway Yellow.  I went with 1/32” (HO) yellow automotive striping tape.  I have also masked the roads and shot it with my airbrush.     
 
 
Mel
 
Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951
             
 
My Model Railroad   
 
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I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
 

Might I ask where you get that tape??

Thanks.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:53 AM

South Penn
 
I bought it at a local automotive paint store.  They have all kinds of vinyl striping.  
 
 
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I have also used pinstripe tape from Graphic Tape & Label.
 
 
It costs less and works pretty good.  The automotive tape is close to $10 for 42' and the Graphic tape is under $5 for 50'.  The automotive tape has more stickum on the back than the Graphics tape.
 
 
This is automotive striping tape about 15 years old.
 
 
 
 
Mel
 
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Posted by joe323 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:20 AM

Not sure if I should go with 1/16 1/32 or 3 mm chart tape 

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:55 AM

joe323

Not sure if I should go with 1/16 1/32 or 3 mm chart tape 

 

You are correct Joe, I checked my tape and it is 1/16”.  Sorry about that guys.     
 
 
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Posted by Steven Otte on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:25 AM

I prefer to paint stripes rather than use tape or decals, as this gives the uneven, broken look most painted stripes get after a few years of being driven upon. I don't worry about matching the color too closely, either, as normal weathering will account for that, too.

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Posted by joe323 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:25 AM

Steven Otte

I prefer to paint stripes rather than use tape or decals, as this gives the uneven, broken look most painted stripes get after a few years of being driven upon. I don't worry about matching the color too closely, either, as normal weathering will account for that, too.

 

 

how do you paint the curved road. My hands are not that steady.

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Posted by joe323 on Friday, July 28, 2017 6:07 AM

RR_Mel

South Penn
 
I bought it at a local automotive paint store.  They have all kinds of vinyl striping.  
 
 
EDIT:
 
I have also used pinstripe tape from Graphic Tape & Label.
 
 
It costs less and works pretty good.  The automotive tape is close to $10 for 42' and the Graphic tape is under $5 for 50'.  The automotive tape has more stickum on the back than the Graphics tape.
 
 
This is automotive striping tape about 15 years old.
 
 
 
 
Mel
 
Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951
             
 
My Model Railroad   
 
Bakersfield, California
 
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
 

Mel;

Thanks the tape works perfectly 

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Posted by Steven Otte on Friday, July 28, 2017 2:08 PM

joe323

 how do you paint the curved road. My hands are not that steady.

 

 

Cut very thin (1/8") strips of masking tape to mask off the line being painted. If you need a double stripe, do them separately, letting the first dry at least 24 hours to keep the tape from pulling up the previous line's paint.

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Posted by joe323 on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 6:40 AM

I ended up ordering 1/16 yellow chart tape off ebay and with careful application it worked great.  Then I used a sharpie in between to cover the white stripes (It was bush stick on roadway.  it should  look good once weathered.

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Posted by Southwest Chief on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 11:53 AM

Sorry a little late to this, but I used 3M Scotchcal automotive pinstripes for our HO layout roads.

The layout is set in 1958 California, meaning yellow stripes were not in widespread use yet.  So I used white.  1/16" solid white and 3/16" double white for roads and highways.

They make a color called bright yellow which looks good for modern stripes, however they do not offer the double stripe (3/16") in that color which is kind of a bummer as that would make adding double yellow stripes to roads and highways very easy.

Here is a link to a vendor:

3M Stripes

 

Double white on Route 66:

 

Broken stripes on local roads:

And some road overviews:

Matt from Anaheim, CA and Bayfield, CO
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