Weathering TTX Well Cars, the "Easy Way"

Anyone who's weathered a freight car knows that there are some that are easier to weather then others, based upon the type of weathering.  Rust bucket boxcars come to mind, when you discuss complex weathering.

Weathering Mediums

Different products that can be used to weather your trains.

I've been collecting products to use with weathering over the years.  Here's some of what I own, or have read about.

Chalks in this form, are dry powder, usually in stick form.  Do not get these confused with the aforementioned weathering powders.  Chalks are cheap, and can be about at just about any store that carries art supplies.

One issue with chalks, is they don't adhere well.  You'll need to dull cote before, and after.  They tend to disappear when dull cote is applied.

Weathering Powders/chalks:
Weathering powders/chalks have a leg up on chalks.  They're basically the same concept, though an adhesive is mixed into it, thus allowing the it to stick much better.  I'd still recommend dull cote afterwords, to help it stay on the model.

Powered in the range come in loose form, or hard cakes like these from Tamiya, and these pencils from AK Interactive, which are a form of pastel chalk.

Rusty Trucks Starting Point

A one color, primer if you will, to start weathering trucks for your freight cars.

I often prime my trucks and wheels with one, or two colors, depending on where I'm going with the model.  Here's how I accomplish it quickly and easily.  Learn more about the colors here: Basic Weathering Colors

Getting That Faded Look (Version 2)

Paint & Weathering Simple, yet tough, right?  Here's how I did it.  Fading those trains, version 2.

So, in the past I had played with fading a few boxcars using Acrylics from Wal*mart(Getting That Faded Look (Version 1)).  All this time I've been telling myself I prefer enamels, due to their "superior" thinning ability.

Weathering an ExactRail Greenville Boxcar

This article shows how I accomplished patching and weathering of an ExactRail Greenville 60' double plug door boxcar.  Patching, repainting the doors, adding rust and some decals.  Also, note there are TWO videos showing two of the weathering techniques used here.

I picked up this ExactRail Greenville 60' Boxcar at the RPM West Coast meet in September.  I've been wanting one of these big boxcars for some time.  ExactRail does produce the model in pre-patched paint, with NYC reporting marks, but the vendor only had a Conrail one there, close enough for me.  Be sure to check out ExactRail, they were a Model Railroad Tips advertiser!

Warping Plastic Cars (Old Way)

Simple, non-scorching way to warp a plastic freight car.

Note, this an older way I would have done this, 10+ years ago (from 2019).  Look for a new way coming in the future.

So, in the past I've used a grill lighter to warp a few freight cars, to get that beat up look. But I found out the lighter would heat it too fast and scorch or catch the plastic on fire. Yesterday I had a "vision", since I have an electric stove, it'll create controllable heat, and has no flame!

WARNING!!! The grill gets HOT and so does the plastic! Use extreme caution!!!!

I used a grill price on top of a metal grate from a pizza stone, to create a work area just above the grill.

Getting That Faded Look (Version 1)

Simple, yet tough, right? Here's how I did it, 3 times now... Fading those trains!

So, in the past I had played with fading a few boxcars.  Here's a quicky on how I do it.

Basic Weathering Colors


Some basics to beginning the weathering process on your equipment.


I've noticed that weathering articles seem to focus on specific techniques to replicate different weathering effects. Here in this article I'll show you some basic colors that can be used as a base for weathering, or used in those weathering techniques. Please follow along as I show the colors, and their uses.

The Rust-oluem Rusty Metal primer can also be replaced with Krylon Ruddy Brown. It is best used for priming trucks, and wheels. Use sparingly on trucks, not all trucks are heavily rusted. The rust color works best for newer roller bearing equipped wheels. I use painting masks, available from American Model Builders, MinuteMan Scale Models, and Modeler's Choice to hold the wheels while painting, to avoid having to clean the tread of the wheels.


Weathering Steps on an Ex-SP AC4400CW

This step by step, though incomplete, was posted by @the_baron_of_basin on Instagram, to his story.  I screenshot it, and lost it.  I recently discovered that it had backed up to my google photos, so it's here now for posterity!