Last Track Glued Today - Case Closed... 1-24-2017
During the painting process I would rotate the shelf every few days and just paint the horizontal surfaces. This minimized any paint running and made for a smooth finish. Of course there was much filling and sanding.
The last of the painting was completed around the New Year and by January 2nd, 2017 it was brought into the Man Cave and mounted to the wall. Using cork roadbed and my stud finder, I made a template of the the stud position and pre-drilled nine holes in the back of the display case to assist with mounting.
I decided to paint the track using Rust-Oleum aerosol cans of Satin Dark Brown Smooth Protective Enamel. I had some trouble keeping the tracks together during painting. Since these tracks are for display only and will not be hooked up to electricity I just used some Krazy-Glue at the joints and that did the trick nicely!
Next I cut and filed 32 crossties to fill the gaps under the rail joiners where the tracks were put together to make the four foot lengths look seamless. Using a strip of double-sided tape, I lined the ties up on a Home Depot paint stirrer stick to facilitate painting. A quick pass of the trusty Rust-Oleum made easy work of this step.
I made the mistake of using a bead of Liquid Nails adhesive from a caulking gun for the first track. Though I thought I had spread the glue rather thin, it did push up between the ties too much. To salvage this track I thought I would mask around the track and paint a solid strip of brown.
I did not apply this adhesive to about 7 or 8 ties on each four-foot track segment. These ties spread evenly across the track segment got a bead of Loctite superglue gel to help quickly lock each track into place while the Marin Adhesive cured.
Wood spacers made easy work of positioning the tracks on each shelf. After positioned properly, I would clamp a piece of wood on top of each track to press them firmly into place while the adhesive cured.