Friday, June 2, 2023

The First Coat of Paint on The Bastle House

a good stiff brush was used to work the paint into the nooks and crannies

       Not very exciting, I will admit, but the crucial first coat of paint has been applied to the entire model. Now it looks as if it had been modeled in chocolate ganache! Having found a rattle-can brand that doesn't melt the foam I will be picking up a couple of cans of Rustoleum Flat Protective Enamel. Long time readers will remember the fiasco during the Afghan Hills project that saw an entire 3x3 foot terrain board ruined at the very last stage by some hyperactive solvent getting to the foam (and, strangely, end up on fire in the field behind my house). Careful testing with the Rustoleum product has shown it to be "safe and effective". This product will provide a nice medium gray color that should work well as a base for the many shades to gray that will end up on the stone walls. The first coat of standard household latex paint secures the wallboard compound against moisture and strengthens the foam.

yes, this is the one is safe for use on foam


  1. I’ve been following this build with great interest. It is all coming together well and is looking splendid.
    Alan Tradgardland

  2. Yeah, few thingsare worse than helplessly watching your project melt before your eyes. Absolutely fantatsic work on this by the way.