Painting and Weathering tracks

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Tom Miller
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Painting and Weathering tracks

Post by Tom Miller » Mon May 18, 2020 11:59 pm

Hello Everyone,
I have discovered a much simpler way to turn tank tracks black. I notice most of you prime them then paint them flat black.
When I built my Panzer tank it came from Armortek with the tank tracks anodized black making it simple to give them a coat of MIG track wash and I was done. The FAMO I am building came with the tracks bare aluminum. The tracks are rather complicated castings and would be a real pain to paint. While looking for a company to anodize them black for me I discovered Insta Black a cold anodizing process you can do an home. I bought a gallon of the recommended cleaner E-Kleen 154 and a gallon on Insta Black A-380. Not being familiar with this process I decided to hang each part from a wire and dip them one at a time in each product. I left the part in the cleaner for 1 minute, rinsed it in clean water and dipped it in the A-380 for 20 seconds and I came out a dark grey black. This is the color I was after. If you want a darker black just leave the part in the A-380 longer. I rinsed the part in clean water and hung it to dry. It took me a few hours to do all 100 tracks. If you had a larger tank and a basket with holes you could dip all the tracks at once or large batches. The anodized finish is very flat and takes the MIG track wash very well. I have never tried to paint tracks but I have to believe this is a much easier method.
Here is a link to the company: ... lak-a-380/
I used about 200ml doing all 100 tracks so the sample pack they offer would be enough to do one vehicle and would be less expensive.
154 cleaner on the left. Clean water in the middle. 380 on the Right
Parts after anodizing
A coat of MIG track wash
A coat of MIG African dust effects

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Re: Painting and Weathering tracks

Post by florian rudolf » Tue May 19, 2020 6:58 am

Verry good work. Thought about it as well. - Think that the tracks weathering at work ;)

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Re: Painting and Weathering tracks

Post by Sam Hough » Tue May 19, 2020 4:05 pm

Be really interesting to see how they age. I tried various chemical/electro chemical things without much luck, mainly because I had no idea what I was doing.

Great workshop!

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