Painting track pieces?

CPMS_Raceway Monday, 1/11/2021

Has anyone tried painting actual track pieces?  I have several different types of track including the old fashioned orange, and I thought it might be cool to have all the same dark gray color.

Obviously they make paint just for plastic, but I'm curious if it would hold up.

Just wondered if anyone has had a positive or negative experience with doing something like this?


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redlinederby 1/11/21
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I haven't painted any track before but depening on the finish it would probably really impact the grip and qualities of the cars moving. Gloss or matte would be different, that plastic with the texture baked it would be pretty rough. Just experiment...thankfully paint is cheap, as is track. Just don't forget to report your findings.

We've had pretty good success with the flat black paint and primer from Krylon.

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jdensillegg 1/24/21

I was planning on running some tests to compare how different paints effect performance, but if someone else has already figured out some guidelines, that would be great!

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Chaos_Canyon 1/25/21

I have painted all my track, but mine is custom made out of palight, not traditional track. The one thing I found (which I presume would be the same issue regardless of what surface it's going on) is the amount of paint and whether it goes on "dusty" will greatly affect how cars run. I always sand mine back anyway as I want a more road texture look so I get rid of that issue anyway but I also tested recently adding a matte clear over the top in a few thick coats to ensure a smooth and hard surface for running on and that also seemed to work well, in terms of reducing drag and bumps etc.

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