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FROM THE December 2010 ISSUE

Slightly weathered interior

Q: I’m building a model that will have a white leather interior, made by spraying the stock kit seats with gloss white paint. I tried several brands of white, including a matte finish, but they don’t look quite right.  

I want to show some signs of wear – especially in the creases of the seats. Trying to mix “dirty white” paint turned the seats to mud. What can I do?  

Stan Gottliev
via E-mail

Ken: The key to a slightly weathered interior is a subtle touch of weathering powder, applied to the seats with a soft brush and carefully worked into the creases and crevices of the seat.

Use a light brown or gray and a light touch with the brush, and slowly build up the powder to the level you’re looking for.  

You could think about sealing the weathered interior with a coat of Dullcote, but that might change the color of the weathering dust.  

For an interior that’s not going to be handled much, I’d skip the “sealer” and leave the finished product as-is.

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