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 Posted: Wed Jun 20th, 2018 11:56 am
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Hi All.    I would prefer to use either Perspex or another clear material , for my manual mimic panel. But I am going for styrene? if it can take a “ Permanent Coat of Paint “ , as I have read that “ You Cannot Paint Styrene “ but scratch builders use it for wagons “. Presuming that Styrene can be painted without rubbing off? which paint would be recommended ?  Best wishes.  Kevin



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I've no Idea whether or not you can paint Perspex / acrylic sheet. However I remember seeing a mimic board somewhere made from acrylic. They then covered the top surface with  sticky backed plastic sheet, cut the tracks out of that and then backlit the panel...



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Hi The Q.   Thank you. My original idea was plywood with 5mm holes drilled to accept the LED ‘s.  It worked, but looked a bit tatty with the varnish. But now I would like to replace the plywood with with acrylic sheet, again with LED’s ( wired through the points ). To show/ prove the route.   Best wishes. Kevin



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Can't paint styrene?  Utter nonsense.  These models were made from styrene and painted with Humbrol enamels.



 



Kevin, best ignore the so-called 'experts' and try things for yourself and learn from experience.


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Hi Terry.  Thank you. I read that “mis info “ on google. But my painting job is for a mimic panel with LED’s, and I need to paint the track diagram.   Best wishes.  Kevin



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I paint styrene (plasticard) all the time. you just need to use a good primer. However have you considered using a clear acrylic and painting the route on the back. yon will get a perfect finish that won't ever scratch off. Just remember to paint in reverse. Route lines then a background over the top.

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Hi John     Thank you for your reply .  I didn’t realise that “ clear styrene “ was available , as I already have a paper diagram of the route , it would be straightforward to copy that through the styrene, you said use a good quality primer, but will primer be necessary in this instant? or just a good top coat? Is the clear styrene. Is it listed with a special code? I will have to look on line. Best wishes. Kevin



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if you paint on the reverse don't use primer... when you flip it over a you will see is the primer :)bottom of the link

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Hi John. I have just been considering my options. If I were to paint a “Positive Image “ on the reverse side, using a masking tape plan of the route. When it was dry I could remove the tape, it may need touching up, it would show the route. Or I forget the paint and use a paper cut out?  Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi The Q.   I taped my “ Mimic Panel “ where I wanted the track diagram, then I sprayed it, using Halfords grey primer(For plastic) let it dry, it looks okay. But, I didn’t realise how clear it would turn out , for you next trick? I am thinking about spraying a “Translucent top coat of Orange” top coat over the grey, similar in appearance, to a signalbox Panel but without the circuitry , as my points are manual without passage of train circuits.Best wishes. Kevin



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