Since I have not yet taken the plunge (financial or skill-wise) into
airbrushing, my weathering get done with chalks and drybrushing.
DullCote (so I've heard, and experienced a bit myself) tends to "hide"
chalks so that you have to over-weather, and guess how much it will
I happen to have a spray can of Krylon matte finish which seems to be
intended for sealing artwork and projects, which makes me think it
might be less likely to mask chalks (it also has the advantage of
being low-odour -- I think it's an acrylic). A test spray on some
scrap styrene, which I had smeared with scrapings from artist pastels
looked OK. But before I squirt this stuff on my nice Atlas GP7, I was
wondering if anyone had any experience with it? In particular,
whether it works better on chalk weathering.
Krylon matte finish is a good paint, however, any large spray can is
hard to control, volume, etc. when dealing with a model. An airbrush is
the correct tool for a paint job.
If you don't have an airbrush you might try and locate a scrap engine
shell and see if the large spray can will do what you want it to.
The Krylon might react badly with the plastic. I use Grumbacher matte finish
which cann be found at art supply stores. It too comes in a large spray can
and will give you good results. I've used Krylon oxide red primer on resin
kits with excellent results too.
I agree...the key is to not apply too heavily. I paint alot of my stuff
because it's so much easier, if I can find the right color anyway ;^) Heck,
have better luck with spray cans than using an airbrush anyway.
Those that want to use Krylon with an airbrush can use a trick that people
used for Dullcote before it was available in bottles. Let all of the gas out
of the can. then punch a hole in the bottom of the can with a nail. Be sure
to cover the can with a cloth when you drive the nail into the can. Then
pour the contents into a bottle and use your airbrush to spray the Krylon.
It should not need to be thinned.