Weathering Question

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Play-Doh, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member the mail comes that brand new bachman UP caboose. Its really good lookin....too good lookin. Its time I have a run at weathering a piece. Ive done LOTS of reading on weathering and have read the different methods. I really like the look that some do with pastel dust and cigarrete ash..very real looking. My only question do they get this to stay in place? Do they apply some sort of adheasive first? Seems to me this stuff would come off every time you handle a car....any advise?


  2. testors clear coat. i always apply a coat then add weathering then clear coat to seal it:D gl
  3. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    If you wanna try weathering, practice on an old bit of junk first, rather than your prized new acquisition. There is a technique called "dry brushing", where you take the paint or powder (chalk or dust), wet the brush with your paint, or dampened powder, dry it off the brush with a paper towel (rubbed reasonable well) then rub it on quite hard with the 'dried off" brush. It tends to wreck brushes pretty quickly, but quite efective. Then a spray of Testors dull or gloss coat (to your preference). remember also the white is quite a useful colour for weathering. For rust spots that have run/washed down, just put a pindrop of paint on the surface then rub downwards with a dry brush, after letting the tiny drop dry for a few minutes.
  4. Art67

    Art67 Member

    Play-doh, I agree with the above posts, however, if you choose to use pastels/chalks, you will find the lighter colored chalks will dissapear or lighten considerably when sprayed with a protective coat. There are quite a few techniques-all have their own pros and cons, but I find if you do some washes first on the model and then apply the chalks, there tends to be enough "tooth" for the chalks to stand a reasonable amount of handling. I have cars that have seen regular use for several years with no noticiable loss of chalk. One advantage is that after a few years or so, just add a bit more chalk if necessary, I personally haven't had to touch mine up at all. The important thing is that the car has a certain amount of tooth to the finish to retain the powders. This is just one viewpoint on this subject matter, and there are more than one way to skin a cat, but I have had good success using this method. Also, there is a company called "Bragdon Enterprises" who manufacture powdered pigments with a binder added into the formula-this helps the powders stick to the surface. They are a bit pricey, but I have seen some nice results with them. I personally prefer artist quality dry pastel sticks from an art supply store. These will last you forever with many more colors to choose from-plus, they are forgiving if you initially do not like the results. Remember, the washes will provide the tooth if applied properly. There are many viewpoints on this matter,and many work very well, but this is a nice way to get started on car weathering. Hope this helps.

  5. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Thank you everyone for your help! Great advice! Ill take my time and practice!

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