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Weathering a Live Steam Engine

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So here I have my nice new Accucraft Mogul that has its perfect Museum Quality Finish and although it looks nice on a shelf, it looks pretty out of place running on the track. I would like to do some weathering like I have seen done by Jack Thompson (aka Big65Dude)my only fear is that with the high heat of the engine, any paint may just flake off. Now before you post any responses, please note that my resources are very limited as I have a very demanding household (a wife and 4 kids) so if your idea would envolve spending lots of money on fancy equipment then the process most likely wont work for me. I apologize if this question has already been asked, but I have searched the forums and archive and havent seen anything about the particular weathering techniques for live steam engines. Thanks in advance for your help. You guys always have great ideas! :D

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A few options come to mind. First is using weathering powders followed by a coat of matte finish to seal them in. I've actually used powdered tempra paint with a good degree of success to get that slightly faded look you're thinking of. I mix a bit of white into black so when it is sealed, it's just a darkish grey.

Another option would be do use a wash of acrylic paints as I describe in the current (June '08) issue of Garden Railways. This lets the dull greyish-black paint settle as needed, but still lets the slight gloss of the boiler (or whatever surface) show through--something that you can't get with a matte overspray.


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