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FROM THE August 2008 ISSUE

Detailing with sponges

Tip: I have a tip that makes use of old sponges or foam. You can use them on the interior roof of the car to make a textured pattern. Use any paint you want, and dab at it for a unique appearance! Just make sure you don't get any paint on the outside of the car!

- Kevin Mosley
via E-mail


Ken: You've found an interesting material that has a lot of uses, Kevin.

Sponges can be used for achieving the texture that you describe, but they can also be used to dab a rust color onto the body of a heavily-weathered vehicle, or to apply blotchy graphics to a 1960s-era street rod.

Applying color with your Dabbing Sponge method can also assist when you're painting a brick or concrete wall in a diorama (the dabs of color will represent flaking paint).

I like to use sponges to apply rubber cement when I'm replicating the popular "peeling paint" look. In a nutshell, that technique involves painting a base coat of your favorite "rust" color, dabbing on rubber cement in the areas where you want rust to show through, then applying the top coat of paint.

The rubber cement acts as a "resist" and is then lifted off with tape, exposing the bare rust underneath.

Thanks for opening our eyes to another great material that should be on every workbench.


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