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This is an approximate schedule of our painting charges for unpainted brass.
It is provided to offer you an idea of what your job may cost. Please note below what is included in our standard paint job.
 

STEAM LOCOMOTIVE - BRASS

HO Standard Gauge:
Small (0-4-0 to 4-8-0) $250.00
Medium (2-8-2 to 4-10-2) $300.00
Large (Articulates) $350.00 to $400.00
Geared $250.00 to $350.00
S Narrow Gauge:
Small (0-4-0 to 2-8-0) $300.00
Medium (2-8-2) $375.00
Large (Articulates) $475.00
Geared $375.00 to $450.00
S Standard Gauge:
Small (0-4-0 to 4-8-0) $350.00
Medium (2-8-2 to 4-10-2) $425.00
Large (Articulates) $500.00 to $575.00
Geared $375.00 to $450.00
O Narrow Gauge:
Small (0-4-0 to 2-8-0) $400.00
Medium (2-8-2) $475.00
Large (Articulates) $550.00
Geared $450.00 to $525.00
O Standard Gauge:
Small (0-4-0 to 4-8-0) $450.00
Medium (2-8-2 to 4-10-2) $525.00
Large (Articulates) $600.00 to 675.00
Geared $450.00 to $525.00

 

DIESEL & ELECTRIC - BRASS
 
HO Standard Gauge:
Small 2 color - $225.00
3 color - $300.00
Medium 2 color - $275.00
3 color - $350.00
Large 2 color - $300.00
3 color - $375.00
S Narrow Gauge:
Small 2 color - $225.00
3 color - $300.00
Medium 2 color - $275.00
3 color - $350.00
S Standard Gauge:
Small 2 color - $300.00
3 color - $375.00
Medium 2 color - $350.00
3 color - $425.00
Large 2 color - $400.00
3 color - $475.00
O Narrow Gauge:
Small 2 color - $300.00
3 color - $375.00
Medium 2 color - $350.00
3 color - $400.00
O Standard Gauge:
Small 2 color - $375.00
3 color - $450.00
Medium  2 color - $400.00
3 color - $475.00
Large 2 color - $450.00
3 color - $525.00

 

Our prices reflect typical standard jobs but there are many atypical models out there. Call or write for a more specific quote with the understanding that our quotes are tentative and based solely on your description.
Once we see the model we may find it necessary to adjust the quote.
 

What do our standard paint jobs include?

- check mechanisms and power trains to insure the model runs well before painting. Minor adjustments will be performed to improve running. We allow about an hour for this work. We will recommend steps to repair more serious problems that may be found.

- model is completely torn down and we strip factory clear coating. Then the parts are Air Honed to give the paint better tooth. The parts are thoroughly cleaned and prepared for paint.

- apply two colors for steam and diesels or 3 colors for diesels as required. Each color is baked enamel. Additional colors are available with additional charges. Please see below.

- hand paint pertinent details such as valve knobs, handrails, running board edges, bells and whistles etc. as is convenient and possible.

- paint large lamp reflectors and fill small lamps with epoxy lenses. We do not add lamps but at your request will drill certain wire holes before painting. (We do lamp installs with DCC).

- apply typical decals and lettering and seal with a satin finish coat.

- Install glazing in windows where possible.

- Install crew where available.

- Install a removable coal load.
 

What is considered additional work?

WE can paint a previously painted model but it must be stripped first. At best old paint will only add to the overall thickness and start to hide delicate details. We will not paint over existing paint. Stripping charges depend on the size and to some extent type of old paint.

Stripping charge – typically $100.00 but can go up to $250.00

If additional colors are desired it usually means additional masking. Interior colors are considered additional colors. Charges range between 75.00 and 125.00 depending on the size of the model and the amount of masking time required.

Brass repairs. We handle your model with the utmost care but parts still come off. Also it is possible that you are not aware of loose, broken, or missing parts. Occasionally models have been repaired incorrectly and must be corrected. All of this work will be performed with your approval at 35.00 per hour. We will resist painting an incorrectly repaired model or a model known to be missing parts. We can search for parts at 35.00 an hour but cannot guarantee success in finding such parts.

Weathering is not part of a standard paint job. Weathering is as much a matter of personal taste as fine art is and it is the only part of locomotive service we consider anything close to art. We ask that you study the photos on this page to decide whether our style of weathering is to your liking. One client decided, after the fact, that our weathering was not convincing. Whew! A matter of taste…

We have one charge for freelance weathering – 75.00. Doesn’t matter to what degree you want it; a mere suggestion of dust or the quintessential rust bucket.

We have another charge for customized weathering – where we use photos to copy a particular prototype – 150.00. Again it doesn’t matter to what degree.

Custom Color Mixing. We use Scale Coat I because we consider it the best product for the job. But there is a limit to the colors available. We charge 25.00 to mix a color that has already been formulated. We charge 100.00 for a color that must be researched and a formula devised.

Custom Decals. Sometimes the right set just isn’t available in the correct scale. We now offer a custom decal service. Our fee is based on the quote provided by our artist. It will include preparation of the artwork plus the cost of setup and printing. This is not a vending service but rather a means of finishing your model and is available only in conjunction with a paint job by 7th Street Shops.

Custom Striping. We offer two types of custom striping. The first type uses water slide decals. This type of striping will be charged at an hourly rate of $35.00. This will include painting decal Trim sheet material and cutting the striping by hand. The second type of striping is to paint the color onto the model. This is a tedious task that requires good masking skills. First, this is considered an additional color even if the engine is painted only one color. In addition to the color charge we will bill the job by the hour after the first hour of masking. In other words painted stripes, as an additional color, will be charged $75.00. Then any time after the first hour of masking will be added to that charge. For example, it may take 3 hours to mask the stripes for one color. The color charge would be $75.00. The second and third hour of masking would be charged the hourly rate of $35.00 or in this case $70.00. The total for this color of striping would be $145.00

Note that items charged by the hourly rate are subject to the real time of the task and override any approximations found on an estimate. (Approximations are estimated on the high side in an effort to not exceed the estimate – it’s a lot easier to tell you “it didn’t take as long” rather than “it took longer than we thought”.)

 

 

 


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