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Title: Weathering.
Post by: -Clive- on February 16, 2020, 08:33:08 PM
Evening all!  Iím trying to weather my Metcalfe train shed using Peco Coal dust weathering powder and failing miserably.  It doesnít seem to do anything when I brush it on. Tried on a PECO coal wagon with similar results. Am I doing something wrong or using the wrong product please?
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: dannyboy on February 16, 2020, 08:40:47 PM
The only bits of weathering I have done to Metcalfe kits was by way of a pencil and/or graphite stick, lightly rubbed on. I would have thought that maybe powders need something to stick to, but some one will know the answer to your problem.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: honestjudge on February 16, 2020, 10:57:04 PM
I usually Protect the glazing and spray the structure with Matt varnish. When it's dry I use a variety of powder and grated chalk. I always pencil in the white corners.
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: longbow on February 17, 2020, 10:08:11 AM
As above - weathering powders need a matt surface.
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: NeMo on February 17, 2020, 10:12:37 AM
I've found airbrushing enamels onto cardboard buildings works quite well. Not too much at any one go, but since the solvent used isn't water, the risk of the card bloating or warping isn't high.

Cheers, NeMo

Evening all!  Iím trying to weather my Metcalfe train shed using Peco Coal dust weathering powder and failing miserably.  It doesnít seem to do anything when I brush it on. Tried on a PECO coal wagon with similar results. Am I doing something wrong or using the wrong product please?
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: Newportnobby on February 17, 2020, 10:43:02 AM
I've always found Peco plastic used in their lineside accessories to be a right swine to paint without priming it first
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: Ted on February 17, 2020, 10:48:10 AM
I usually Protect the glazing and spray the structure with Matt varnish. When it's dry I use a variety of powder and grated chalk. I always pencil in the white corners.

Always protect the windows!

Matt varnish will mist/fog your glass, this goes for locos too. Very hard to remove without etching the plastic.
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: NeMo on February 17, 2020, 10:50:44 AM
Certainly the rubbery plastic (like the fences) I've found impossible to paint at all. Sooner or later, the paint flakes off.

But the stiff plastic (like 'many ways' diesel shed) takes enamel paint beautifully, at least when an airbrush is used.

Cheers, NeMo

I've always found Peco plastic used in their lineside accessories to be a right swine to paint without priming it first
Title: Re: Weathering.
Post by: Chris Morris on February 17, 2020, 12:25:22 PM
I just give the Metcalfe factories a quick airbrushing with very thinned dirty black from above. Very quick and they look like they've been around a few years. Probably the biggest fault with all Metcalfe buildings is that they are too bright and clean.
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