Slot Car Painting Techniques: Pit Stop Garage & Accessories Using Vallejo Acrylics

10 September, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

 Painting buildings and figures for a slot car layout can be a nightmare for slot car enthusiasts. Most " Slotters " are not model builders, and usually prefer their layout buildings assembled and painted. What I have written here, is a very simple technique that will give you excellent results, even if you've never painted any model buildings, accessories, or figures before. All of the acrylic paints that I use are made by Vallejo, and can be purchased from several online sources. I find that the quality and price are excellent. Tremclad spray paint ( for painting the pit lane surface and garage ) can be purchased at any hardware store. If you cannot find, or want to pay the premium price for Vallejo paint, any acrylic bottle paints will also give you good results.

 To paint the garage with reddish bricks, you'll need these Vallejo acrylic paints;

  •  70.951 White.
  • 70.950 Black.
  • 70.790 Silver.
  • 70.850 Medium Olive.
  • 70.992 Neutral Grey.
  • 62.018 Sepia.
  • 62.017 Raw Sienna.
  • 62.016 Dark Ochre.
  • 70.520 Matte Varnish ( Clear coat ).
  • 70.510 Glossy Varnish ( Clear coat ).
  • 70.596 Glaze Medium.
  • P15999 Starter Set Toray brushes ( 3 pack ).

  From a hardware store you'll need;

  • Tremclad Grey Primer spray paint ( Light grey ).
  • Small - pore sponges, or ScotchBrite cleaning pads.
  • 1/8" or 1/4" wide masking tape.

 You'll also need;

  • Paper towels.
  • Artist palette with cupped areas for mixing paint.
  • Popsicle sticks for mixing paint.
  • Tap water for cleaning brushes and keeping brushes moist while painting.

 To paint the garage with brown bricks, use all of the above, but replace the Sepia, Raw Sienna, and Dark Ochre with;

  • 70.941 Burnt Umber.
  • 70.311 New Wood.
  • 70.310 Old Wood.

 To paint the figures, you'll need some of the above plus;

  • 70.819 Iraqi Sand.
  • 70.826 German Cam. Med. Brown.
  • colors of your choice for hair, shoes, and cloths.

Painting The Pit Lane And Garage Floor

 Start by following the instructions on " Preparing Resin Parts For Painting ", and clean all of the kit parts at the same time. Use Tremclad Grey Primer spray paint and paint the base. Let it dry for 24 hours. Trim close to the long sewers, and "Pit Lane" stripe stickers. Peel off the backing and place them in front of the garage opening.

Painting The Garage

 If you plan on using a light to illuminate the inside of the garage, I suggest that you paint the inside of the upper VIP Lounge 70.950 Black so that light doesn't shine through the walls. Only use LED lights to illuminate the garage because they don't generate heat. You can order the flat LED light and battery box kit from elsewhere on this website.

 Spray paint the inside and outside of the garage with Tremclad Grey Primer. This will be a base coat for the other paints, as well as giving you the proper color for the inside walls, ceiling, outside concrete areas, and brick mortar. Let the garage dry for 24 hours, then lightly sand off any dust bumps, and coat the concrete areas with 70.520 Matte Varnish.

 Start the interior by painting the florescent light fixtures, air conditioning vents, garage doors, light switches, and wires with 70.790 Silver. Paint the main power box with 70.850 Medium Olive, and the light switch faces 70.951 White. Dilute some 70.950 Black with water and flow it into the air conditioning vents. Wipe off any excess. Paint the florescent light bulbs 70.951 White. The central light unit with air tool hose fittings can be painted 70.790 Silver with the middle light shade painted 70.951 White, or for contrast, paint it red or a racing team color.

 You have already spray painted the color for the concrete areas with primer, so paint the VIP Lounge windows 70.950 Black. Paint the window frames 70.790 Silver. Let the windows dry for about 2 hours, then paint 70.510 Glossy Varnish on them. Let them dry for another 2 hours, then paint another gloss coat if necessary. Paint the outside of the Pit Lane and Paddock garage door and frame 70.790 Silver.

 To paint the red bricks, you will be using a sponge technique. Start by ripping some pieces of sponge or ScotchBrite unevenly into 1 inch pieces. Then use masking tape to cover the edge of the concrete areas only, leaving the trim and bricks ready for painting. The mortar is already the right color from the primer coat, so start by placing a few drops of 62.018 Sepia onto your artist palette. Dip the sponge into the paint slightly, then blot a bit of the excess onto a paper towel. With the sponge slightly wet with paint, dab the tops of the bricks in a random pattern, covering only about 1/3rd of the brick area. With a new piece of sponge, do the same in a random pattern with the 62.017 Raw Sienna covering only about 1/3rd of the brick area, then with the 62.016 Dark Ochre. Keep alternately dabbing these three colors until all of the bricks on the sides and back of the garage are covered. Let dry for 24 hours. Try not to cover the mortar between the bricks while doing this. If the mortar gets filled with the sponged paints, make a wash with 70.992 Neutral Grey and water, about 60 : 40, then flow it into the mortar. Wipe off any excess right away. Let the bricks dry for 12 hours, then make a glaze by using 1 drop of 70.992 Neutral Grey and 12 drops of 70.596 Glaze Medium and mix the two. A glaze is a transparent coat that lets the underlying colors show through, and tones down the colors a bit to make them appear more natural. Apply the glaze thinly over the entire bricks. If the glaze is too thick, add a few more drops of the glaze medium, or a bit of water. If you apply too much glaze and everything becomes grey, add some water with a brush onto the area, and wipe off the glaze. Try again, this time with a thinner coat. The result should be a faded look to the bricks. Next, paint the trim pieces between the bricks and concrete 70.790 Silver. Remove the masking tape, and let all of this dry for 12 hours. Then coat the bricks with 70.520 Matte Varnish. After drying for 24 hours, the garage will be finished.

 To paint the bricks brown, replace the 62.018 Sepia, 62.017 Raw Sienna, and 62.016 Dark Ochre with 70.941 Burnt Umber, 70.311 New Wood, and 70.310 Old Wood.

Painting The Garage Roof

 Start painting the garage roof by spray painting it with Tremclad Grey Primer. Then use 70.992 Neutral Grey to paint the gravel. Use 70.950 Black mixed with water to a 50 : 50 ratio, and with a 1/4 or 1/2 inch brush, paint this watery mixture over the gravel area. Because the black is diluted with the water, it'll sit in the lower areas of the gravel leaving the grey tops of the gravel showing through. Let it dry for 4 hours, then paint the roof trim 70.790 Silver, 70.950 Black, or leave it primer grey. Paint the air conditioner 70.790 Silver, then make the same black wash as used on the roof, for the air conditioner grills. Paint the power box on the side with 70.850 Medium Olive and you're finished.

Painting The Tool Boxes

 Prime the tool boxes and fan with Tremclad Grey Primer, then let them dry for 24 hours. Paint the tool boxes with the color of your choice. Most are usually red or black, but a lot of racing teams paint their tool boxes to match their team colors. Whatever color you choose, paint the wheels 70.950 Black as well as the two TV screens on the large unit. Paint the work area tops on the four of the tool boxes that have them, 70.790 Silver. To give the grooves between the drawers some depth, use a sharp pencil and drag it in the groove. The standing fan can be painted with 70.790 Silver or the same color as the tool boxes. Apply a black wash to the fan grill. Coat the tool boxes with 70.510 Glossy Varnish, and you'll be finished.

Painting The Technician Figures

 Start by cutting out the " web " between the figure's legs, then sand any remaining rough edges. It's easier to leave the figures attached to the pour plug for painting. When you're finished painting, cut the figures from it.

 Prime the figures with Tremclad Grey Primer and let them dry for 24 hours. Start by painting the faces and hands first, applying two thin coats of 70.819 Iraqi Sand. Paint the lips with 70.826 German Cam. Med. Brown. Let dry for 1 hour, then make a glaze with 1 drop of 70.826 German Cam. Med. Brown, and 12 drops of 70.596 Glaze Medium. Apply the glaze to all of the faces and hands. Let this dry for 1 hour, then add a small dot of 70.951 White for the eyeballs. In this scale it's hard to see the pupils of the eyes, but if you want to, add them with a very small dot of 70.950 Black.

 Paint the hair and eyebrows next with 70.950 Black or any of the brick colors. The overalls and shoes can be painted any color you want to match a team color. After painting the overalls with the color that you chose, darken that color by adding a bit of black to it. Then dilute it with water in a 50 : 50 ratio, and apply it into and under folds, pockets, etc. Try to blend the darker color into the lighter one as best as you can, so that the two shades blend together smoothly.

 If you want to add decal team logos, or names to the back of the overalls, apply a coat of 70.510 Glossy Varnish to the area first and let dry for 2 hours. Then apply the decals, wait about 1 hour, and coat the figures with 70.520 Matte Varnish. That's it, you're done!

 The techniques written here may seem a bit long to follow, but trust me when I say it's easy, and you'll get excellent results. If you have more than one garage or set of figures, paint everything assembly line style. It'll go a lot faster.

 Happy slotting!

David Gurinskas / Owner of Full Circle Hobbies 




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