Adding Weathering Powder to the Salt Technique

Recovered from last week’s disappointment with my first salt technique results, I tried adding Bragdon weathering powders which I had bought a few years back.

I first applied spots of light rust, medium rust and dark rust with a small round paint brush which I trimmed down to about 1/16″ (1.6 mm) stubble. Then I used a soft bright brush to spread the rust.

Hopper weathered with Bragdon powders.

Hopper weathered with Bragdon powders.

Once I was happy with the results, I added the soot powder on top and spread it all over the side of the car. The picture above shows the side of the car with less soot. Below is the side with a thicker and more even layer of soot. Not sure which one I like better.

Hopper with a thicker layer of grime.

Hopper with a thicker layer of grime.

The trucks first a got a layer of soot and then a mix of medium and dark rust which I applied with the bright brush. I held both trucks in one hand so that a got a matching look for each side.

In summary, I think adding the weathering powders saved the day. It brings out various shades of colors and works very well with the pattern created with the salt technique. Even some of the remaining salt crystals no longer bother me. In fact, they give the weathering job a realistic three-dimensional feel.

Let me know what you think and which side of the car is your favorite.

4 thoughts on “Adding Weathering Powder to the Salt Technique

  1. Thomas-Steffen Langner

    Hi Johannes,
    looks good.
    May be the equal brown color of the trucks could be refined.
    Try making a stain out of the powder using alcohol and water to imitate dirt running down the walls or to wash away rust from springs or bearings.
    Keep it up 🙂

  2. Johannes Post author

    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for the feedback and tips. I will give it a try and share the results. Do you think I should first put a layer of clear coat over what I have done so far?

    Hope all is well.


  3. Ian Holmes

    I like the look of the second one except I think that you need more weathering on the trucks

  4. Johannes Post author

    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for the feedback. My wife also likes the second one better and I am warming up to it, too. Will take another look at the trucks.



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