My first airbrushing experiment continues. After successfully applying a first coat of rust color, I tried to use the salt technique to achieve a weathered chipped paint look.
I let the salt fully dry – it’s best to do that over night – and then sprayed the car with the final color. I chose a dull gray in this case.
Allowing ample time for drying, I then carefully washed off the salt. The salt didn’t come off as easily as I thought and I used a soft brush under warm water to get the salt chips mostly removed. After another round of drying the car looked like this.
As you can imagine, I am not happy with the outcome and here are a few things I think went wrong:
- The underlying rust layer was too even (this could still be remedied with weathering powder)
- I wet the entire car instead of using small amounts of water in fewer spots
- Using the salt mill gave me not enough control on where the chips fell
- The salt mill produced tiny chips of salt which I wasn’t able to fully remove after the final coat of paint was dry
Luckily, I only spend three bucks on the kit so I don’t feel too bad about this mishap. If you have any suggestions to help me improve my technique, leave a comment below.
A box car will be my next victim… Stay tuned.