Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by Curtis Thetfor » Fri, 10 Jan 2003 09:03:11



In all of the article I've read about weathering, I've never seen this
suggested... does it not work?

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Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by no longer not on The Haggi » Fri, 10 Jan 2003 20:08:41


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> In all of the article I've read about weathering, I've never seen this
> suggested... does it not work?

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Sure it works.  A number of us use Delta Ceramcoat paints to do major
weathering.  I know Gary Walton (MRding Contributing Editor) uses tube
paints to weather intermodal models (I've seen him do it).

Kennedy

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Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by Wolf Kirchmei » Sat, 11 Jan 2003 00:10:26


=>In all of the article I've read about weathering, I've never seen this
=>suggested... does it not work?

It works, and very well,  if the model has been painted with acrylics. If you
use enamels, water-based paints may not adhere very well, if at all.

Wolf Kirchmeir

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Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by Rick Jone » Sat, 11 Jan 2003 08:36:10


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> In all of the article I've read about weathering, I've never seen this
> suggested... does it not work?

    If the structures is made from plastic or metal you should be OK.
Don't try using water-based paints on a cardboard or wood building like
some of the offerings from Campbell, Suydam or Fine Scale Miniatures.
Use solvent-based paints on these.

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Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by RpmQ » Sat, 11 Jan 2003 23:05:56


My first post. But, being an artist, it's something I know a little about.

Water colors should work, but as others have stated it could caus problems on carboard/paper surfaces. (Particularly wrinkling).

My concern over long term woul be if any moisture got on the paint at a later date, causing the paint to run. Watercolors (and it's
thicker counterpart GOUCHE), are water soluble and will 'break down' or run if they get wet again.
Acrylics will not break down if they get wet again once they've dried (nor will non-water based enamels).

But if your set on watercolors, definately try gouche paints, which are tube based, thicker like acrylics paints and can be mixed to
different consistencies with water giving you much more control over you weathering techniques and the surfaces youare applying them
to. Not that it couldn't be done, but I wouldn't attempt airbrushing with them.

You could try some of the airbrush paints out there, which are thinner like water colors, but acrylic based.

Remember, all you really need are 4 colors. Red, Yellow, Blue & White. ROY G BIV baby...

-r

Quote:

> In all of the article I've read about weathering, I've never seen this
> suggested... does it not work?

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> ------------------------------------
> Curtis Thetford
> www.thetford.org

 
 
 

Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by John M Hugh » Fri, 10 Jan 2003 18:33:46


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>In all of the article I've read about weathering, I've never seen this
>suggested... does it not work?

I've used the whole range of possibilities - powders, acrylics and 'ordinary'
water colours - with no problems; but bear in mind that some structures are
made out of stuff you don't want to get too wet!

The astonishing Pendon model railway in England - near Oxford, and a 'must see'
for any modeller visiting the UK from elsewhere - uses water colour both for
the base colours and for weathering all its structures, I believe. The effects
they achieve are simply brilliant.

John

 
 
 

Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by John M Hugh » Sat, 11 Jan 2003 18:45:24


Quote:
>If the structures is made from plastic or metal you should be OK.
>Don't try using water-based paints on a cardboard or wood building like
>some of the offerings from Campbell, Suydam or Fine Scale Miniatures.
>Use solvent-based paints on these.

Most of the models at Pendon - which I mentioned in an earlier post on this
topic - are actually made of high-quality card, despite which they are both
painted and weathered with water colours. So it's not impossible to do this -
just be very careful!

John

 
 
 

Can water colors be used to weather structures?

Post by John M Hugh » Sat, 11 Jan 2003 23:32:47


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>Remember, all you really need are 4 colors. Red, Yellow, Blue & White.

True, but if you want to be able to come abck and touch something up later
it'sa good idea to at least start with one of the established colours, so that
you can go back to it later!

John