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How to age and stress paintwork

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Hi

 

I am looking for a cheap and easy way to stress and age some fresh stencilling that needs to be done on a jeep trailer if anyone can help please.

 

Cheers

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Try dabbing on some scumble glaze with a sponge to give the look of cracked paint, but test first.

Best I luck

Paul

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Leave it for 20 years that should do the trick.

 

Seriously you will probably get some assistance from the modelling fraternity on here. They seem to be very good at doing it on a small scale.

 

Mike

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Dab it over with strong tea! A bit of milk will help it to stick. I was told this by a movie props guy.

 

Or if you've got access to spraying equipment give it a coat of dirty thinners.

 

In each case, the more times you do it, the stronger the effect.

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Use a dirty paint brush in the first place! :-D

 

Yes, but the bits of sweepings/sawdust/dead spiders are a real giveaway........ :-D

 

Alec.

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Seriously, rub a bit if dust into the bristles then wipe with a cloth and dip in paint. It does give a rough aged finish.

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Depending on the type of paint you are using there are a couple of ways of doing it.

If you are brushing a 'household' paint, like you use for wood and metal in t'ouse, Get to the paint store and by some Gummy Arabicum. Its a clear 'paint' that you paint onto the base colour- When dry paint the final colour over it.

Tip: If you paint the arabicum left to right, paint the top coat top to bottom, so the brush strokes cross, it works better that way. Also a thick layer of Arabicum will give large cracks and flakes, a thin layer loads of fine cracks and flakes.

 

If you would rather spray, you can actually by rattle cans of crackle paint.

 

Ian M

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I almost hesitate to say this BUT....surely if you are trying to make it look as it woukd have looked in the war the paintwork would have been fresh and clean (initially at least)...!?

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If you are wanting to age white markings the method is very simply. White is the worst colour to use for any military application as, due to typical circumstances, doesn't stay white for long. Simply begin (or go over) with off white. Don't be to pedantic about small runs and bleeds as they were never perfect in the first place. The tea bag or coffee staining will work on many surfaces but some paints will not take the staining. And make sure when staining the whole area is stained gradually, nothing worse than a stark white number with the bottom corner stained to look old and the rest is brand new.

You can take things further with a paint scraper or knife and gently chip the paint edges as if used. This will expose 'new' paint underneath that will then require darkening or staining to look realistic.

Other methods are to simply overexaggerate the daily use. Bump into it with a spare jerry can (on purpose) find a dusty dirt track and have fun ( I understand the hop farm may have some suitable areas about now :D)

 

Best of luck

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Just had a thought based on an old modelling trick which might or might not work in full scale..

 

Get a tin of yer missus cheapest hairspray, and spray lightly from a distance the area you want to paint - dont overdo it! Put your stencil on and paint away. Wait for the paint to dry and then you will be able to rub the hairspray off with a wet cloth, leaving a nicely patchy finish.

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