Extracted from the depths of the layout progress & engine pics thread: Deano's Easy Weathering! OK folks!, you read right, its a tutorial on "Deano's Down AND Dirty Weathering" . What I mean by that is, we are going get down to the bare basics of weathering, and dirty things up a bit. Some of you out there are WAY advanced for this, but I hope others find it helpful. I have an airbrush and have weathered with it, chalks etc., but not everyone has an airbrush, or can use it late at night because the compressor will wake up the wife & kids, so this is my EASY, FOOL PROOF weathering method that I will pass on to YOU! ANYONE CAN DO THIS! **OK, here is what you need: 1 bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol 1 roll of paper towels 1 can of dull cote 1 can of CHEAP quick dry primer 1 large paint brush 1 bottle of India ink OR, I USE Polly Scale "engine black" 1 old glove 1 container to mix the India ink(or)black paint with the rubbing alcohol(could be a pill bottle, etc.), AND... 1 CLEAN boxcar Now, the first thing we will do is wipe the whole car down with rubbing alcohol, to get any oils that your hands, or the mold separation might have left on the car. After the car is clean, we will put the old glove on(so we don't spray our hand gray) , and hold the car about 2-3' away from you, take the CHEAP gray primer and spray the bottom of the sides of the car, holding the spray can 2-3 feet away from it. you just want a LIGHT MIST to hit the car, more on the bottom then the top. DON'T OVER DO IT!, remember, light mist the sides of the whole car . OK, now that the primer has dried, mix up the rubbing alcohol with your India ink(or)black(water based) paint. I use about 2 tablespoons to about a pint of rubbing alcohol, you might want to use more/less . lay the boxcar on its side, and wet the whole side down with the mixture. OK, now that the side of the car has the ink(or)paint and alcohol mixture on it, take a paper towel and wipe DOWN STROKES on the car. Remember, DO NOT, wipe the car sideways!!! WIPE DOWN STROKES!!! When the side of the car IS DRY, turn it over and do the same , to do the ends of the car, place it up on its wheels, and apply the mixture, DO NOT wipe the ends off!! Why? Because the ends of the car should be much more dirtier then the sides . do the alcohol/ink(or)paint step as many times as you like, till the car is as dirty as you want it . AFTER you are finished, and like the way the car has turned out, then apply 2-3 coats of Dull cote to the whole car. DO NOT DULL COTE UNTIL YOU ARE DONE! If you put the alcohol mix on after the dull cote is applied, it will haze up white , sure you could RE-dull cote it, but in MY opinion, it just wont look as good . After the dull cote has dried...TA! DA!!, YOUR DONE! and just look at that dirty car, YOU have done it! **SIDE NOTE: do your cars in various degrees of filth, NOT ALL cars are REAL DIRTY!, sometimes less, IS MORE! I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial! till next time...stay on track! -Deano **** Thanks Dean for this great addition!