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Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« on: September 26, 2014, 06:53:02 AM »
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 i used the wet water technique for ballasting a short section of track, the way it looks i have some touching up to do and now the ties look shiney  could i spray a dull coat or flat finnish on the tack?
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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2014, 07:11:16 AM »
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What kind of glue did you use?

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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 07:24:31 AM »
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I used what I'll call a bad batch of matte medium on a small section of my layout, and I had the same effect.  The result was a sheen that I would not describe as a flat finish.  I did spray Dullcoat over the section, which mitigated the worst of that look.

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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 07:38:03 AM »
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I've had matte medium do that as well on occasion. 

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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2014, 11:11:37 AM »
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How about using goog ole Elmers white glue? Don't remember ever getting a sheen using Elmers.
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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2014, 11:55:59 AM »
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How about using goog ole Elmers white glue? Don't remember ever getting a sheen using Elmers.

And this is what I returned to after the matte medium fiasco on my layout.  It works fine.  I also like "Scenic Cement" from Woodland Scenics, but it's more expensive than plain ol' white glue and, because my LHS is over ninety minutes from home, not exactly something I can run down the street to buy when needed.

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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2014, 01:23:26 PM »
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I just use a 50/50 wood glue and water mixture with a couple tiny drops of soap in it to glue my ballast, and make sure to give it a good soaking misting of water before that's applied.  Never had the shiny track problem, if anything the dust from the ballast gets fixed to the ties and weathers them for me.

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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2014, 01:34:22 PM »
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I would choose to investigate a method that doesn't cover it up - maybe wiping with a damp sponge.

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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2014, 07:58:38 PM »
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Hello thanks for the response I used a generic white glue not sure what brand it is, tommorrw I will spray somedull coat on the area
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Re: Wet water ballast outcome ......errr
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2014, 08:36:58 PM »
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Hello thanks for the response I used a generic white glue not sure what brand it is, tommorrw I will spray somedull coat on the area
mark

If it's white glue, you might try just saturating the area with water before you Dullcote it.  You might be able to dilute it down further and get rid of the sheen.  What ratio of glue to water did you use?  I usually go between 1/3 to 1/2 white glue.

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