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!

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.

Making, AND weathering real wooden ties in HO scale.

Just a simple way I'm making and weathering "old" ties in HO scale.

Warning! A portion of this article is explained two different ways. One version uses a grill lighter. Children should NOT attempt this with out adult supervision!

Now that thats out of the way, we can begin. For this article, you'll need the following:
● Hobby Knife
● Balsa wood sheet ~3/32" thick for HO
● Grill Lighter
● Brown, Gray & Black chalks
● Dullcote
● Rust colored paint
● Paint thinner
● Tweezers or needle nose pliers

Optional replacements/removals:
● Pre-cut ties replacing the balsa sheet
● Not using the lighter