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What is the best way to simulate a pickup truck bed made of pine?

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    March, 2017
What is the best way to simulate a pickup truck bed made of pine?
Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Friday, March 31, 2017 10:03 PM

I need to find a paint color other than just off-the-shelf "wood"color to simulate a truck bed made of pine, please. Thanks.

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    March, 2017
Posted by SuperFord97 on Saturday, April 01, 2017 8:16 PM

Don't know if this will work or help, but maybe use a varnish.

Want something done right, you got to do it yourself.

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    June, 2013
  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:52 AM

I found some thin real wood that's worked out good for me. I found it atMichaels, along with some stain that was by the model paint.

Here's a few pictures of it after I stained it. I used mahogany stain on both kits .

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    March, 2012
Posted by AstroDad on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:47 AM

You can try this stuff.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wood-Micro-Veneer-Lot-Assorted-Dyed-Mahogany-Self-Adhesive-/282208524291?hash=item41b4f05803:g:ZHMAAOSwX~dWoRSw

It is actual wood veeneer, super thin and self adhessive.  Cuts easily with your exacto knife.  Some of the grain patterns may not be in scale for 1/24-5, but there is enough of the stuff that it is easy to find a section that looks correct scale.  I bought a variety pack a couple of years ago and have used it on several projects including a couple of truck beds.  Personally could not be happier with the stuff, and nothing looks more like wood than wood.  

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:07 PM

That looks like interesting stuff, AstroDad. I'm going to look into it a bit deeper.

A method I have seen used by a couple members on this forum involves using Tamiya clear orange brush painted over light brown or 'wood' colours. I don't recall the details of the technique, but brush lines are purposefully left in the clear orange paint simulating grain. The effect was very convincing, giving a nice glowing varnished look. A search of the forum might turn up more information on this.

My personal favorite method of applying wood grain to dashes and consoles is to look through catalogues or flyers for wood working tools or lumber yards, speciality hardwood shops, etc and finding photos of wood grain with suitable grain & colour in them. I cut out the wood grain photo in the shape needed and use Microscale Foil Adhesive to apply the wood grain photo. The thinner the paper the better the image will conform to irregularities of the plastic part. Also, keep in mind that the colour of the plastic part may somewhat effect the resulting colour of the finished wood grain once the adhesive dries. I would think this will work on a pick-up bed too.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:32 PM

Here is a link to some wood grain decals https://www.uschivdr.com/shopping-categories/shop-wood-grain-decals/ . I haven't tried this product but it looks great.

Also, I did a quick forum search for 'wood grain' and got many hits of threads with a lot of great information. It's worth a try.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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