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Advice on painting Caboose ground throws?

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Posted by cv_acr on Monday, September 25, 2023 11:09 AM

dehusman

I used craft paints when I used Caboose throws and it lasted years.

 

 

I too have simply painted the handle with a bit of red, yellow, or green (as appropriate) craft paint and it's held up fine so far and that was a number of years ago.

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Posted by IDRick on Friday, September 29, 2023 1:15 PM

PC101, Thank you for the update and report on painting GT testing!  I tried your technique with cleaning, scuffing the surface, and then painting.  The Testors paints have worked very well for me.  As you stated, using white as a basecoat then red or green is more visible than painting a single color.  I did try painting a white base coat followed by a green or red dot.  IMO, that is very visible and clearly highlights color.  However, I was not very happy with my painting since difficult to make a realistic circle on top of the basecoat.  I'll go with your white base cost then solid green or red on my GT's.

I do want to recognize JoeinPa for his excellent advice and encouragement to use Testors paint.  Thank you!

I do find it interesting that some have been able to make craft paint stick to the GT's.  I tried two different companies (Craft Smart and Folkart), scuffed versus not, and applying Vallejo surface primer or not.  All failed.  My paint was brand new and mixed thoroughly before applying to a washed/air-dried GT handle.  By all means, give craft paint a try and please let us know your secret if you can make it stick!  I now have a lifetime supply of Testors paint for the ground throws so my course is set.

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