View single post by Giles
 Posted: Thu Jan 30th, 2014 10:13 am
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I thought this could be of some interest – (please forgive the fact that the loco isn't narrow gauge!)

I've recently been taking a slightly different approach to weathering, where it is just 'routine' age and dirt, rather than heavy rust and decrepitude.

One of the fundamental problems with finishes on models in my opinion, is the fact that the paint -even if well applied - is actually quite rough in scale terms, and our first recourse is to coat it in varnish to impose whatever type of gloss/satin/matt finish that we want.

Nowadays I tend to go the other way, and the very first thing I do is polish the main panels of the model to get a good 'scale' finish, upon which I can then apply any weathering I want to. I think this tends to catch the light much better, and can help lift the paint-work of a RTR model, such as this Ixion Fowler, which is straight out of the box (other than the polishing and weathering.)

I flat the panels down with 2000 grit wet-and-dry (used wet) which during the process reveals all the bumps in the paint - and when it's completely flat, I then buff it up having given it a wipe with Duraglit (or similar) silver polish)

Last edited on Thu Jan 30th, 2014 12:22 pm by Giles


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