Road markings with pinstripe tape

 
  parksider Locomotive Driver

This tip might be well-known to other modellers but I thought I’d mention it anyway.



Trying to decide how best to make neat white line markings on the roads and platform edgings of my HO scale layout I thought of using the self-adhesive pinstripe tape used to decorate cars.  My local Auto Barn had a 3mm wide white tape (“Saas” brand) for about $7 which worked well for platform edging but looked too wide for road markings.



That was the narrowest tape that they stocked but a search on eBay quickly turned up 1/16” and 1/32” wide tapes.  I bought one of each from PSF Hobbies in the USA which cost a total of USD 7.90 plus USD 2.50 postage.  They haven’t been used yet but look like they’ll work fine.



As well as using them for white line road markings I plan to paint a few lengths yellow before sticking them down to mark out bus stops, rather than buy coloured tape.

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  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

This tip might be well-known to other modellers but I thought I’d mention it anyway.



Trying to decide how best to make neat white line markings on the roads and platform edgings of my HO scale layout I thought of using the self-adhesive pinstripe tape used to decorate cars.  My local Auto Barn had a 3mm wide white tape (“Saas” brand) for about $7 which worked well for platform edging but looked too wide for road markings.



That was the narrowest tape that they stocked but a search on eBay quickly turned up 1/16” and 1/32” wide tapes.  I bought one of each from PSF Hobbies in the USA which cost a total of USD 7.90 plus USD 2.50 postage.  They haven’t been used yet but look like they’ll work fine.



As well as using them for white line road markings I plan to paint a few lengths yellow before sticking them down to mark out bus stops, rather than buy coloured tape.
parksider
There was an article on using tape for such purposes in a reasonably recent Model Railroader by that Swedish guy that contributes quite regularly to MR. The end result was really good.
  james13 Chief Commissioner

Location: At the Skunk Works
I use decal stripes, basically no thickness and can be faded into the road surface.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I mask the road, cut the lines out of the mask and spray the lines on.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I mask the road, cut the lines out of the mask and spray the lines on.
Aaron
I do roughly the same but brush a white or yellow artist's acrylic paint on, it works a treat. Bit wasteful of masking tape though but there is no thickness at all using either Aarons or my method.
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
It might not be as neat but as I use fine granular material for the road surface rather than card or plastic I paint freehand using the flat edge of a suitable brush against a ruler.  The tape sounds a good idea for those able to make use of it.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I do roughly the same but brush a white or yellow artist's acrylic paint on, it works a treat. Bit wasteful of masking tape though but there is no thickness at all using either Aarons or my method.
"David Peters"

I know roughly where the lines are going to be, so I put masking tape where the lines are going to be then mask the rest with newspaper.
  glennofootscray Junior Train Controller

Location: Footscray
As I use a combination of painted card and 400 grit wet/dry as road surfaces, I find thin strips of office paper (1/16") works quite well as road markings. Horses for courses.

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  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I know roughly where the lines are going to be, so I put masking tape where the lines are going to be then mask the rest with newspaper.
Aaron
The only reason I do it this way Aaron as it saves having to add extra masking while you spray it, either way would probably take about the same amount of time to set up and remove though. But I have now got it down to a fine art and did all of the King William Street section on Trams Adelaide in a couple of hours, a lot of liberties were taken though to make the job go faster. The time consuming part of the job is actually setting up the masking, the painting and removal of the tape only takes about 10 minutes in the end. I masked up the whole area and then simply painted the lot in one go, changing colours as needed for different colour lines, the main road markings where white with the tram tracks edged in yellow and the blue honour line done last. Then all the masking was removed again in almost one go.
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
For many years, I'd used cheap sticky tape (the stuff that's not actually very sticky) and lay two strips on my painted road, the distance apart depending on the scale I was working in, and use correction fluid to paint the lines betwen the tape. Then peel the tape off and reuse for the next length. I've done this in N, HO and O scale. Always worked well.

Busch and Heki produce a range of dry transfer road markings in HO and N (European, but most quite usable for non-European layouts) and even rolls of road lines as well as flexible roads with markings already on them.

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