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Saw this video on YouTube on Rattle Can Paints, painting models 101. They used Rust-Oleum spray paint in the X2 cans, probably some of the least expensive paints out there. As I have posted, pay most attention to how much paint is applied to the model, just a little goes a long way. If you need a second, or third color I would wait 24hours between coats as he did before clear coats were applied. As you can see you can get very good results with the rattle can paints, but I would follow his spraying technics for best results. I personal don't use Rust-Oleum clears because they go on too thick, for me a light coat of Testors clear, or dullcoat in the blue/white spray can goes on much thinner and dry quicker compared to Rust-Oluem clears and look better on the finished model.

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If you need a second, or third color I would wait 24hours between coats as he did before clear coats were applied.
Beware, as I have said before in the other rattle can thread, READ THE LABEL ON THE CAN, as some paints have different times, like 48 hours.
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Beware, as I have said before in the other rattle can thread, READ THE LABEL ON THE CAN, as some paints have different times, like 48 hours.
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So I guess what works for one does not work for another. Living in Texas with normally warner dry weather we can paint just about all year around with some exceptions like the last week. Like I said, I normally don't read the instruction on the can, because I mainly using the same paints over and over all the time. I guess for those who mix paint manufactures you need to read the instructions, but anyone who reads the instructions on the can and thinks that's gospel is kidding there self. Weather and painting conditions are changing all the time and living in certain areas will defiantly put a kink in painting and drying times. I see you live in Canada, heck paint may never dry up there as weather conditions are much different then TEXAS.

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I found rattle cans like heat which makes them spray much better. Warm them up in a pan of hot water.
 

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The other day I painted a USA G scale boxcar in Rust-Oleum X2 in a Red/Brown color, I lightly coated the car in one coat and 10 minuets later it got the final light coat. I let this car dry over night and the next afternoon I gave the car two light coats of Textors Gloss Coat about 10mins. apart in the Blue/White spray cans, this is an Acrylic Lacquer paint and you can coat this over the Rust-Oleum X2 paints, I've done this for years and this is my normal painting procedure using Rust-Oleum X2 paints. Due note here the only reason the car got gloss clear coat was so I could install decals, the Rust-Oleum paint was a flat color, so I had to gloss it. I let the clear dry overnight and installed the decals, let the decals dry a couple of hours and gave the car two light coats of Textors Dullcoat about 10 mins. apart, I also used the Textors Blue/White spray can which it is also an Acrylic Lacquer which dries very quickly. I do not use the Rust-Oleum clears as they go on too thick and there drying times can take much longer and can re-activate the paint under it, which is where many problems can occur. Due note here I did not primer this car before painting, mainly because I was shooting a dark color and it covers well over most colors, but if I was painting the car a light color, I would have use white primer, or if the car had repair work, or metal parts. The temputures out side where in the 60's and the humity was low here in Texas, so I usually don't have problems paint under those conditions. This is the way I do it and I get good results, I stay away from using Rust-Oleum as my second color, if a second color was needed for a correct engine color, I would purchase Textors in the Blue/White spray cans and not use Rust-Oleum, goes on too thick and can cause problems. The best part of painting models is knowing what you are doing is going to work and not guessing that it might work.

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Only problem with dullcoat ifor G trains is that there is no UV protection. It will yellow if left outdoors.
 

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I have an indoor layout and I wouldn't leave any of my trains outside if I had an outdoor layout.

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