A while ago FSM had an article about weathering using salt and other kitchen items under paint to simulate chipping and wear. I want to try this out but can't remember to save my life the name of the article or issue. I've tried searching the FSM site but salt doesn't find anything. Does anyone remeber this or am I cracking up finally?
No - your mind is sound. I remember the article, and even clipped it...only God knows what I did with it, though...
...as I recall, the technique is pretty straightforward - paint a silver base coat on your model, then make a slurry of moist salt as a mask...not so damp as to allow the grain to melt, just enough to make it stick/clump together...apply the salt paste in areas where you want chipping to be and spray your color coat on while the salt is still wet. Then once everything is dry, chip away the salt.
Not sure, but I think you might have to use enamels...might work with acrylics, though. If salt/water doesn't "poison" them.
...ahh...after I've typed all that, a search of the FSM site reveals the article was a feature in the July 2003 issue - "Fast and easy paint wear", by Brian Barton. As an "FSM Finishing School" article.
You're not cracking up - I also remeber the article - seem to remember you used wet salt as a mask then sprayed and later washed off the salt and paint on it to do weathering - I'll look at my stack to try to find it.
grey firstname.lastname@example.org (Gray Ghost) wrote in news:Xns9BB2D4A3A7B6FWereofftoseethewizrd@18.104.22.168:
Thanks guys, so far. I can't find my July 2003 issue, yet. Wasn't there a comparison of different types of items to use, salt, sugar, artificial sweetners? Each seemed to have a different effect, some better than others.
I've used baking soda to simulate non-skid on walkways - paint the walkway and sprinkle it into the wet paint, then spray another coat.
It looks really great, but it doesn't seem to last...a year or two at best. It turns whitish and then starts to chip off. Just noticed that again on a 1/32 Tomcat I'd already repaired once as I was dusting it last night.
the article was in the November 08 issue in the Bonus Weathering Handbook. Add Salt and Batter your models. What they used that worked was course salt, sugar, spenda, sweet n low, and equal. the paint was Tamiya.