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Avoiding Couplers When Painting

Curtis asks:

“Any tips for not getting paint on couplers when weathering?”

You can post your suggestions and comments to assist Curtis below.

6 Responses to Avoiding Couplers When Painting

  • David Stokes says:

    When painting rolling stock I always remove couplers and wheel sets. They rely on engineering and geometry to work properly and paint, especially weathering materials will wreck them.

  • Mike Berke says:

    One possibility is to remove the couplers and then put them back when painting is done. A second possibility is to wrap a layer of masking tape around the coupler to shield it from paint.
    Good luck!!!

  • Stephen Duncan says:

    The simplest answer is removing them. The same goes for wheelsets.

  • Hervey Howe says:

    It depends on what you are applying and how you are applying it. A very light coat of a water based acrylic paint lightly sprayed on the couplers will not cause a problem. Same goes for the trucks but I do them with cheap plastic wheels in place that are swapped out for metal wheels when the weathering has dried and a protective clear coat has been applied and dried. The wheels I paint individually prior to installing them in the truck. Just make sure no paint gets on the pivot point at each end.

  • Kim Fokken says:

    If you are using Kadee couplers, all the ones I use are already black or dark in color, why paint?

  • Frank B says:

    Cover them with cling film. Easy & precise.

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