Yesterday I added the cinder fill ballast to the area on both sides of the mainline and the cannery and Derby & Ball spur in Waterbury. Everything went fine - I spread the cinder ballast, soaked it with alcohol & water, then used a dropper to add the diluted white glue.
Went down to the layout room this morning, flipped on the lights, and was greeted with this mess.
Instead of soaking in and drying the glue became a sticky, gooby mess! (Yes the photo above shows the "dried" version!)
I said "That's disappointing." (not an actual quote - what I really said was unprintable!)
All I can think of is the large jug of Elmers I used had somehow separated or aged and simply didn't set correctly. It's similar to an issue I've had with Woodland Scenics water - that stuff never really dried completely, it remained slightly tacky for months. This stuff looks and feels the same.
I may very well have to tear out the track and replace it, but I figured trying to salvage it in place was worth the effort.
The first step was to dry brush a coat of grimy black, Railroad Tie Brown, and Earth paints on the top of the ties in an effect to flatten the still-glossy glue.
Once that dries I'm going to try placing a thin "skim coat" of fresh cinder - and this time use Matte Medium to secure it in place. I'm hoping that will cover most of this mess.
The only saving grace - and it's not much of one - is the fact that these are two spurs meaning I might be able to use grass and weeds and dirt - along with a second "skim" coat of ballast - to disguise most of the mess. I've always wanted to try track buried in weeds - guess this is my chance.
Happy Independence Day!