A question about windows???

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by twilight, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. twilight

    twilight Member

    I've been working on background building for my shelf layout and it seems to be coming along pretty good!!! I am currently blackening out some of the windows to make the windows look more used and abused. My question is I would like to also lightly streak or weather the windows I haven't blackened out, so, what would you guys use to do that? I hope I'm clear about that.

  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think I would try sifting real dust to get it as fine as possible, and then kind of blow it on or dust it on. I don't think you will find a better replacement for dust than real dirt or dust.
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I'd try experimenting with some very diluted white paint on a piece of window material to see how it looked when it dried. Sounds like a cool weathering project!

  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Sanding the "glass" with a very fine sandpaper (e.g. 400 - 600 grit) can give the appearance of a haze. Effect can change too depending on if you put the sanded side in or out.

    Experiment! And don't forget to post pictures... ;) :D

  5. abutt

    abutt Member

    I use a small amount of acetone or paint thinner and a dab of raw umber oil paint. Mix it all up and apply to the inside. Plain thinner on the outside to dull the acetate. I think windows get dirtier on the inside in factories. I guess rain on the outside tend to wash them. Don't forget some exacto "cracks".
  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    A light spray of Dulcote on the inside of the "glass" will make the window look dusty. You could also apply it on the outside, but I think that most windows look more convincing if the "glass" is reflective.

  7. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    Doctorwayne beat me to it. I was also going to suggest using dullcoat. I've had very good luck with that. I have used it on the outside to represent glass blocks with much success.
    My other method is more accidental. I frequently like to use ACC glues which will leave a white/ frosted appearance on parts of the window. Not really a good effect, at least when you're trying to show a clean window.:mrgreen:
  8. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Here's the opposite side of the same street pictured above:

    While it's not too apparent in the photo, the "glass block" around the main door was made translucent by painting the inside face with lacquer thinner, leaving the outer surface shiny and "glass-like". ;):-D

  9. twilight

    twilight Member

    Thanks for all the tips on weathering the windows!:thumb: I choose the dullcote method and it worked out great. Maybe when I get this puppy done I'll post some photos here. :mrgreen:

  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Here's a tip from another form of modelling that always worked quite well:

    Take a little bit of dirty water - experiment for the amount of dirt you need - and place a drop on your window. Let the excess roll off, and allow the remainder to dry. You should be left with a thin, transparent layer of "grime".

    You can also haze a window ever so lightly with an airbrush. your call.
  11. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I like to use the tops of most yogurt containers. Ms. Doc always has some in the fridge. The tops are usually slightly frosted, but still translucent. One side is also usually shiny and reflective as well. Add a little india ink wash and you have one dirty window.
  12. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hi...I use clear acetate and buff one side with steel wool to prevent see-through. I place the buffed side to the outside to eliminate glare. And I bust a window or two for looks....:mrgreen:


    This is from a coal silo I built for last year's kit-build challenge.

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