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Date: 10/23/07 21:35
Weathered Wood-What are you using?

I have been experimenting with different techniques for that weathered wood appearance. I have done the alcohol and india ink thing and even purchased a pre mixed weathering solution made of alcohol and black shoe dye. All of these mixes give the wood that nice gray color of wood that has been outdoors. My biggest problem is when I picture weathered wood or the weathered wood I have seen in Park City near old mine sites it is more brown than gray. It is that nice rich brown with hints of black in it. Similar to old railroad ties. What can I use or do to get the more dark brown weathered look on wood?

Date: 10/24/07 00:13
Re: Weathered Wood-What are you using?
Author: wfre

Micro-Mark sells a product called Age-It Easy in both gray and brown - same deal - a dye in some kind of alcohol(?) base. Works great.

Walt in Sausalito

Date: 10/24/07 04:34
Re: Weathered Wood-What are you using?
Author: BEAR8216

I have used Indian ink and alcohol together to age my wood. Worked great. That was 20+ years ago.

Date: 10/24/07 06:57
Re: Weathered Wood-What are you using?
Author: vasouthern

Ive used thinned craft paint as a wash over balsa to weather bridge ties. Should work the same for other things....

Acrylic craft paint from Walmart is what I used....a mix of charcoal, brown and gray gives a old creasote look


Date: 10/24/07 10:24
Re: Weathered Wood-What are you using?
Author: Auburnrail

There's an old old system which still works great since it induces a very natural process.

Just dissolve some steel wool in vinegar (yes it will dissolve), pour off the vinegar and apply to any unsealed wood to be aged. As it dries you will be amazed at the results...an extremely natural silvered/weathered appearance. The only drawback is that the use of water on stripwood sometimes warps things so you may have to clamp it if it's really thin.



Date: 10/24/07 16:48
Re: Weathered Wood-What are you using?
Author: rschonfelder

All of these are good but I always follow using some sort of weathering with powders. That will give you the different colours you want and you have complete control. Remeber, this is wood so the pastels/powders go on and stay on due to the wood grain holding your pigment. Don't waste your time with overspray. It is not necessary.

Rick in Oz

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