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Stewart U25b handrails

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Stewart U25b handrails
Posted by ctyclsscs on Monday, December 24, 2018 1:06 AM

I have some older Stewart U25b kits that have been sitting on my shelf for years. I thought that instead of looking at them forever, I would assemble one even though they're not exactly state of the art anymore.

I know this has been covered many times before in print, but I can't find any recent threads about painting delrin handrails. And, with so many new paints coming onto the market I thought I'd ask it again. I will need to paint just the handrails and not the stanchions. So I'm wondering if any of you have tried any paints or other methods with success? I know they make paint adhesion promoter, but does it really work? And if so, with which paints? Does it help to scuff the surface of the plastic a bit? I'm just looking for some ideas that have worked for you.

Jim

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, December 24, 2018 7:51 AM

I have had best luck with Vallejo paints straight from the bottle.

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I don't think they adhere any better, but they are flexible when they dry, and that seems to make all the difference.

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The only time I had real trouble with handrails is when I was in N scale and used Floquil paints on them. That did not work at all.

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-Kevin

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Posted by zstripe on Monday, December 24, 2018 8:23 AM

What You need is Polycarbonate paint. Used in RC truck/cars. Tamiya and a few others. I use Pactra Racing finish yellow and white brushed on for hand.grab rails. Will not chip or peel, flake. The paint once cured, bends with what it is painted on. like a weld. Been using it for yrs. Painted quite a few RC trucks for My own and Grandson's......I'm their official RC Vehicle fixer.

He's flipped it about 6 times now........no damage to anything at all:

1/14 RC tractor trailer.......

Take Care! Big Smile

Frank

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Posted by ctyclsscs on Monday, December 24, 2018 11:51 AM

Do you do anything to the surface before applying it?

Jim

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, December 24, 2018 3:20 PM

There's also this stuff:

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/MSR7223

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Posted by zstripe on Monday, December 24, 2018 3:43 PM

ctyclsscs

Do you do anything to the surface before applying it?

Jim

 

No.....As long as it is clean and free of finger prints.

I would also like to make it clear, that I DO NOT use spray cans......I mix My own colors and use an airbrush....so much easier to control amount of paint, where a dust coat is important. Below is the paint I use for hand rails, which I brush on. I only use two colors for that. Some have been painted since early 80's and none have chipped yet:

https://www.google.com/search?q=pactra+racing+finish+paint&safe=active&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjwwq-3u7nfAhVuzlkKHfdiChgQsAR6BAgDEAE&biw=1221&bih=568#imgrc=TkqkRUDAb3XEuM:

 

Take Care! Big Smile

Frank

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Posted by ctyclsscs on Monday, December 24, 2018 3:58 PM

Since that primer is clear, I suppose it won't matter if I spray the whole piece but only brush paint the handrail, right?

Jim

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 2:56 AM

ctyclsscs
Since that primer is clear, I suppose it won't matter if I spray the whole piece but only brush paint the handrail, right?

I wouldn't do that. I would mask everything except what you want to paint.

To be honest, I think Frank has a better solution.

Dave

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Posted by Brammy on Sunday, June 16, 2019 6:33 PM
Does anyone know of a source for replacement handrails? I have a mid-90s unit and am missing the handrails. Bowser/stewart appear to be out of stock on them.
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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, June 16, 2019 6:52 PM

Smokey Valley lists them for Bachmann/Athearn/Lionel   No idea if these would work with Stewart.

https://smokeyvalley.com/

Henry

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Posted by Brammy on Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:09 PM

Thank you. I emailed them.

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