Another update, just finished the paint on the track. As Dave mentioned in his post I came up with the idea, wanting to have the track look like real asphalt. It's a fairly simple process and very cheap to do. I like the overall look instead of just a plain grey or black color and I think it looks more realistic. If anyone is interested in how to do it I will do a write up. So with that said I am pretty happy with the results.
Tim, The surface just has a textured look and has no raised texture with this method so laying tape will not be a issue.
Ok so for those of you that are interested in the process here you go....
After seeing some tracks that had been airbrushed to look like real concrete/asphalt I thought about it and decided I wasn't going to spend the money on a airbrush and had this idea, so this is what I came up with.
What I did was get a couple small spray bottles from the Dollar store/ Wal-Mart etc. Make sure you get the kind that have the round adjustable nozzle. I then got the small bottles of acrylic craft paint in the craft section from Wal-Mart, black and white.
Once the track has been painted in flat grey and dry, I then mixed the black craft paint with water in one spray bottle and the white in another. You want it about the same consistency as milk.
The key here is to adjust the sprayer just to do a fine mist, if it does splatter a bit it doesn't matter.
I sprayed the black first and then with a terry cloth just blot it all over the section that was sprayed. Then just repeat the same way with the white paint. I repeated this about 3 times with each color to get the effect I wanted. Also if you find sections too dark you can spray the white again and wipe it in and it will lighten up and blend in areas.
Its very simple, inexpensive and I think it looks pretty good. I think I spent all $6 on spray bottles, 2 bottles of craft paint and some terry cloth towels found in a pack of 3 in the auto section of Wal-Mart.
What it actually does is the watered down black paint acts like a stain on the flat grey paint. The white paint acts like more of a highlight just to blend it all together. Since its a watered down paint and you blot the excess off the surface it leaves no raised texture on the surface. It just has a textured look. I hope this helps anyone that is interested in trying it.
I did some more painting over the weekend and decided to do some striping around the track. I still have a little to finish up with the inner borders but I plan to get it finished up and then taping this coming weekend.
I was able to get the painting done and the tape down this weekend but still haven't got the wiring done yet. I am just playing with a 9v battery for now.. Just ran out of time having to do others things around the house. I did have time to take some pics to share.