I am putting a lake on my layout and was wondering what to use for water. I
was thinking of using polyurithane but don't know if it would dry clear or if
it would dry at all. Any suggestions...Thanks
I, too, use the Envirotex Lite for water. It must be poured in layers,
though, no more than 1/8 inch at a time. I would not use polyurethane,
although I did use clear fingernail polish to represent the drainage
from a tunnel.
Peter J. Gross wrote:
I put fish in my water. Seriously, I made small fish by shaving a round
toothpick [a slight curve resulted] and painting them. After pouring
two layers of Envirotex Lite, I dipped the fish in CA and placed them on
the water before pouring the last coat. I have to use a penlight to
point them out to visitors [and my wife]. I needed something for the
Preiser fishermen to catch.
Typically, acrylic gloss medium works well for a single-coat type of pond or
lake. You can get gloss medium at art supply stores or "Mod Podge" at craft
supply stores (this is usually cheaper than the artists acrylic medium).
Here's an article on using acrylic gloss medium.
Trains.com: "Water, water anywhere"
Create a realistic pond for your layout
by Roger Carlson
People have mentioned other options (Envirotex, Real Water) for deeper,
poured-type water (as opposed to acrylic gloss medium which is applied as
more of a thick single layer as opposed to actually having depth).
Envirotex Lite is the odorless version. I buy it at my local lumber
yard, in the paint section. It is also used for decoupage, so crafts
stores carry it, too. It's a two-part casting resin. There are
numerous articles in MR about using it.