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Captain Castus
25-01-2009, 12:43 PM
This is one of the many little nuggets from the FW Modelling Masterclass book... How to create a natural look of flaking/aged/scratched paint using 'common or garden' hairspray...

Step 1) Take the object you want to add damaged paint to...

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a235/davidcutter/Tutorials/Dozer1.jpg

STep 2) Give it a coat of satin varnish (Purity Seal or other 'non-GW' product!) and let it dry...

Step 3) Give it a few thin coats of hairspray (normal cheap stuff) and let this dry...

Step 4) Add a thin layer of paint...

I used my airbrush to get a very thin coat, so masked:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a235/davidcutter/Tutorials/Dozer2.jpg

And then sprayed:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a235/davidcutter/Tutorials/Dozer3.jpg

Allow this to dry to the touch...

Step 5) 'Distress' the paint with a large drybrush (i.e. rub and roll the brush over the surface) dipped in a bit of warm water to get this effect:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a235/davidcutter/Tutorials/Dozer4.jpg

The water in the brush lifts the water-soluble hairspray and the paint along with it!

You can carry on doing this to remove as much as you like:

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a235/davidcutter/Tutorials/Dozer5.jpg

And there you go...

Obviously there are other ways of achiveing the same effect... But this way is very quick and produces a very realistic effect with very little effort...

There would be nothing to stop you applying the same technique to an entire vehicle if you wanted a worn and battered look...

Give it a try... It's fun! :D

CC