Simple and Effective Rusting

Written by Gene Kruger, photos by the author.

I came across a rusting technique a few years ago using a Rust Antiquing Set from Sophisticated Finishes. This is a two-part system used by interior designers and architects to age items such as iron, bronze and brass, however, it can be used on plastic with very realistic results. These sets can be found at arts and crafts stores or online at patina.com.

Like all new techniques, I would advise practicing on a cheap spare wagon or on some scrap plastic card until your comfortable with it. The material does create a realistic texture, which in 4mm, OO, HO and smaller can appear a bit over scale.

To use the Rust Antiquing Set, paint on the metallic surfacer, let it dry for 24 hours and then apply the rusting solution, let it dry and your done. If after one application of the rusting solution you don't feel its rusty enough just paint on some more.

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Mill Creek RR's picture

Thanks for the tip Gene. I'm going to see if the local craft store carries this product and give it a try. Also since I model in O scale the heavier texture should work out well.

eTraxx's picture

This was done in O scale using the product .. love the way it came out. To give an indication of size, the long bit is actually the cover for a disposable razor

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eTraxx's picture

You can speed stuff up with a hair dryer. Great stuff.

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jdlaw75's picture

I've used this stuff for quite a few years, and am well pleased with it.
The only problem is that, once the bottles get a bit emptied, the black solution goes hard!
Still, that problem is to be expected, I guess.

eTraxx's picture

I found my 'stock' and it appears that the black solution (suspended iron) has indeed either gone hard or it getting there quick. I looked on the bottle and it shows the ingredients as: Iron filings in an aqueous emulsion of water soluble polyacrylates, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide and Propylene Glycol.

Iron filings: .. figured
polyacrylates: acrylics
Titanium Dioxide: white pigment
Zinc Oxide: white pigment
Propylene Glycol: apparently what holds everything in suspension .. what evaporates over time.

With that in mind I ordered 8oz from Amazon.com .. will see if I can re-activate the 'black stuff'

"I drank .. WHAT?"
--- Socrates

eTraxx's picture

Just went by both Michaels and Hobby Lobby and neither carries the product - which is .. irritating.

"I drank .. WHAT?"
--- Socrates

eTraxx's picture

Cool. Worked. Filled the bottle with the Propylene Glycol .. some stirring and shaking and I'm back in business.

"I drank .. WHAT?"
--- Socrates