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Weathering in G scale.

April 17, 2008

Here’s some things to consider before weathering any of your G scale equipment:

-I can weather any of your rolling stock affordably, visit ” The Weathering Man ” website in my links. (excuse the shameless plug, but it’s true.)


-If you choose to Dullcote your rolling stock, which would take A LOT of dullcote, make sure that you NEVER leave them out in the sun for multiple days, the dullcote will yellow, ruining your car.

-Chalks blow away in the wind, don’t use them unless you seal them, but see above note.

-Acryllic paints will work just fine on G scale equipment HOWEVER, you cannot run them through snow, or rain without considering that unless it is sealed, it will re-activate the paint, and there goes your weathering job.

-Latex paints will work fine, and they’re water resistant! Get some paint samples in the 2oz. Jars from a paint store. They use them in the actual world for testing out small patches of color on your wall before you paint them all over. The brand I have handy is Benjamin Moore. You can also buy large cans, but it’s overkill unless you plan to do a fleet.

-When possible, use real wood, because it weathers like real wood. Make sure to stain it with either canned stain or India ink to get that finished look or the creosoted look.

-Rust can best be accomplished with Sophisticated Finishes 2-part rust solution. It’s good for G scale equipment, and best of all, it’s real iron, so you’ll have REAL rust.

-Charcoal Briquettes pulverized with a rubber mallet (INSIDE A PLASTIC OR PAPER BAG) will make EXCELLENT soot. Sprinkle atop your freight car roofs if you have a coal-burning fleet of steam locomotives. Seal with Dullcote, but heed the warning at the top.

-Rough up your wood using a razor saw (as I did in the boxcar in the above photo) by dragging the blade horizontally down the wood in a quick, slightly wavy fashion.

-For wood rot at the bottom of my boxcar, take the razor saw and attack the bottom of the wooden slats by running the blade VERTICALLY in grain with the wood. Be careful, I don’t want you to get hurt. I’m not responsible for your self-inflicted injuries, so always be safe.

-As always, EXPIRIMENT. If you discover an ultra-flat, non-yellowing, water-resistant sun-proof clearcoat, send me an e-mail and let me know; “the(at)weatheringman(dot)com”


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