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FROM THE June 2011 ISSUE

How to replicate dirty-looking glass

Q: I like building old junkyard cars and trucks, but I have a hard time making the glass look old and dirty. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

Mark Hook
Ferndale, New York

Ken: Great question, Mark. Nothing interferes more with the look of a classic junker than pristine glass.

Clear plastic “glass” supplied in most kits can be made to look old and dirty by lightly dusting the outside of the glass with a coat of Testor’s Dullcote flat spray.

I specify the “outside” because if you spray inside the glass, you’ll still have the smooth, shiny outside surface that will reflect light and make the glass look relatively clean.

After the glass is dusted with Dullcote, you can brush some weathering powders or fine, sifted dirt around the edges to further simulate neglect.  

If you’re modeling a vehicle that may have recently had operational windshield wipers, cut low-tack masking tape to the shape of the area that would be cleaned by a pass of the wipers and stick that shape on the windshield before you spray the Dullcote. When the spray has dried, peel off the tape, and the section of clean glass will look like it’s been swiped with the wiper blade. 

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