Editors Note: If you didn’t watch the Brushhead Gallery episode (PwMJ Ep 117) you need to stop now and do just that. The technique that Robert is detailing here was used to create his white, weathered, Demolisher (clam jack). It’s an amazing piece of work…and here is the step by step of how to do it! ~MenothJohn
Weathering using the “Hair Spray” Technique.
1. Prime model and let cure. (yes I know this is basic but if I leave it out someone will not do it).
2. Start building the rust layers. I start with a dark brown and work up through to almost full
orange. It is important to vary this on the model so that you get slightly different colors when
3. Apply a heavy coat of gloss varnish. I personally use Testor’s for this but any good quality varnish
4. LET THE VARNISH FULLY CURE (LIKE 24 HOURS FULLY CURE).
5. Apply a coat of hair spray. Do not use quality hairspray (not sure why but it doesn’t work), you
need the cheap stuff. I use Aqua Net that I bought at Dollar Tree.
6. LET THE HAIRSPRAY FULLY DRY (ABOUT AN HOUR).
7. Using an airbrush at as low of a pressure as you can lightly coat the model in your base colors.
You need to keep the airbrush moving and apply light coats as the water in the paint is enough
to activate the hairspray if you stay too long in one place.
8. Once the paint is dry, you can begin to create the effect. Use a paint brush to apply water to one
area of the model, wait about 30 seconds and then gently scrape the paint off with an old tooth
brush. I find that the toothbrush gives a good pattern.
9. Once the area is chipped to your satisfaction dab dry with a paper towel, and move to the next
10. Once all chipping is done Apply a heavy gloss coat to seal in the work.
11. Paint all the other parts….. wash, highlight etc.
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