The painting MASK described below MUST be used to protect the electrical pickups and the wheel's rail contact surface/treads from overspray, or brush "splatter"!
It is STRONGLY recommended that a stiff card stock is used to create the mask.
If the modeler elects to remove the PowerMAX! chassis from the body, it will require disconnection of the SMLEDS, and re-connection after painting. The SMLEDS are glued in place with "canopy" glue. Therefore they should be left in place and the connection to the pickups should be de-soldered. Understandably, this will void the warrenty.
The SEARAILS PowerMAX! EMD Model 40 diesel locomotive arrives in unfinished brass. A precision cut PAINTING MASK for the bod is included!
AIR-BRUSHING: 1. Create or use the mask provided as shown in the adjacent image to paint the sides. To create your own masks;
Use stiff paper, or plastic sheet material less than 1/16” thick.
Fold the tabs up to form a "U" shaped structure. Fit the folded mask up between the four wheels and the body.
2. Create two additional 1/16” diameter round masks and tape over the headlights.
AVOID PAINTING THE WHEEL TREADS!
3. DO NOT air brush straight-on to the ENDS of the locomotive at a flat horizontal angle to avoid painting the wheel treads. 4. The safer technique, to avoid painting the wheel treads, is to spray horizontally on the sides (necessary to cover all the detail), BUT for spraying the ends, the air brush should be slightly pointed downward to AVOID painting over the treads.
PAINT BRUSHES Wet a tooth brush in isopropyl alcohol and VERY CAREFULLY brush all the exterior surfaces. After a wet brushing, let it air dry. Once dry, prepare a very thin coat of primer. (Take care NOT to fill some details with the primer or use an air brush.) Let the primer dry, then avoiding painting the wheel treads; 1. Select base metal and wood colors. DO NOT THIN THEM. 2. Paint all metal surfaces in the base metal, and paint all the wood surfaces in the base wood. 3. Mix the remaining base metal and wood colors together (it will be an ugly septic color), then using a very fine brush, dry brush the septic color onto the undersides of every detail, and any place they intersect with other details and you will see shadows and shades forming. 4. Let dry and spray or dry brush with a light coat of flat clear lacquer (dull coat) 5. If you really want to get fancy, use Bare Metal Foil and rub it on the metal parts with a small embossing tool. Or, use an Xacto #11 and carefully scrape off the paint from the details and railings exposing the brass underneath.