Weathering Flat Cars (TOFC)

Discussion in 'Weathering Forum' started by TomPM, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    I am weathering some trailer on flat cars. One area that truly needs weathering is the flat car decks. On the Athearn blue box kits the decks are the same color as the rest of the car as shown below:


    Since they look very out of place this way I decided to weather them. I will be using Folk Art acrylic paints.

    First I brush paint the decks with unthinned Barnyard Gray.


    Next I drybrushed Burnt Umber. I brushed in the direction of the wood grain.

  2. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Next color I drybrushed was Raw Sienna


    Next is Raw Umber


    Last color is Asphlatum


    Now the deck is done. The cars are ready for the rest of the weathering process.

    Other color variations could use different tans, grays, browns, and even some reds.
  3. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    GREAT tutorial Tom!:thumb: , those decks turned out AWESOME!:bravo:

    :deano: -Deano
  4. thumsup

    thumsup Member

    Verly nice Tom, This post is a keeper:mrgreen:

  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Nice work, Tom, and useful for those boxcars with open doors, or wood-floored gondolas, too. :thumb::thumb:

  6. HoosierDaddy

    HoosierDaddy Member


    That's similar to how I did some a couple of years ago and it makes a world of difference in the appearance. Here is a poor image of one of the ones I did. I don't recall the exact paint colors that I used, but the base coat was a light tan, and to that I added multiple layers of a black wash. One of the things that I did that added a lot to the realism was to make sure that I painted the ends of the boards also,(not that you can tell from my terrible photo).


  7. Sarge_7

    Sarge_7 Member

    That's awesome!!:thumb::thumb:
  8. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan


    Here are some of the trailers weathered.

    I weathered them with a wash of Folk Art Charcoal Gray (1 part) and Blue Windshield Washer Fluid (6 parts). I brushed the wash on heavy and then with a dry brush I removed most of it. The trailers were sealed with Testors Dullcoat.


  9. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    They all look great! (Blue windshield wiper fluid??? Now there's an idea I would have never thought of! What does it do and how does it a solvent?)
  10. KCS

    KCS Member

    Windex is also good to use. It breaks down the surface tension in the paint allowing it to spread evenly across the surface as to plain jane paint is just a glob. I use windex for my wash's like on car's I want to look new with just a little sheen of dirt from rain and such without any rust. I'm still working on trying to perfect my textured rust patchs. Hope this answer's your question.
  11. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Thanks a lot...I learned something again! Gotta keep that idea in mind when I'm doing some weathering again.

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