I have 6 Bachmann side dump cars , that look new and plain . I would like some people to post pictures of some weathered ones to get some ideas. Did you take them apart to get good results ? Thanks Guys !
Not sure whether these photos will help, but figured it won't hurt to show them. The first cars are the Hartland Locomotive Works side dump kits. I simply painted the dump bodies with Badger rail brown paint to represent unpainted steel. I hand-numbered them. I have been told that the numbers on the real cars are simply rough-painted with a brush or spray can.
The second example is a PlayMobil toy. After some TLC with light modifications, more subdued paint, and weathering, it really becomes a very nice car.
The last example is a very lightly weathered LGB gable-bottom dump car. I wish I could find more of these cars, but they seem to be out of production.