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Salt weathering - first attempt

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  • Member since
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  • From: UK
Salt weathering - first attempt
Posted by Jamese30 on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 7:20 AM

Hi All

Here is my first attempt at salt weathering. After a lot of reading, including Dr Kranky's book, I thought I'd just get stuck in and have a go. Kit was bought part assembled on eBay so after disassembling what had been glued on and paint stripping, I cleaned it up and primered it with automotive primer. I then hand painted Tamiya acrylic dark brown on before applying ground and rock salt. Lastly I gave a light coat of car paint over the top so what you see so far has had no airbrush work. I would imagine the car paint was a bit too thick causing some fine salt to get stuck under the surface but this did did actually help creating a rusty and bubbled paint effect.


In honesty I ran out of car paint halfway through painting the pick up bed. I changed my plan and went over the whole lot with a satin black to try and resemble an effect where the owner had at some point repainted the bed with a hard wearing underseal/black paint that had subsequently started to wear off revealing the original white and rust.

 20181001_211935 by j p, on Flickr

 20181001_210432 by j p, on Flickr

Not sure how I will continue this build now. I'm in two minds as to do it as an old workhorse or a well used salt lake push truck with a tidy v8.

Hope you enjoy




  • Member since
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Posted by mini man on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 9:54 AM

Looks good James,go for a works hack.




  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 2:10 PM

Nice progress on the weathering.

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    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 2:06 AM
Looks good. will make a fabulous display piece. I don't know why i like rusty model kits.

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Posted by KT. Sweeney on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:57 PM

Have you tried Modern Masters Metal effects?



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