I was very impressed how well the chalks worked, and they gave me exactly the light weathering that I was looking for. The weathering victims this time were a pair of LBF hi-cube boxcars. I feel like I am well equipped now for my future weathering projects, using an airbrush, acrylics, oils, and now chalks.
My weathering steps were:
- Fade coat using an airbrush (includes flat clear to seal during this step)
- Dusting of chalks using brown, red, and black.
- Safety Stripes
- Chalk touch-ups
- Trucks received a mix of Polly S rust and grimy black.
- Fox Valley Models 36" medal wheelsets.
I don't know anything about this brand of pastel chalk (Alphacolor by Weber Costello), but it seems to work very well for light weathering applications. I only used the top 3 colors so far, and just a touch of the orange on the TBOX black doors. I haven't used the set of grey's yet.
Here are the completed models in front of a BNSF prototype photo that I was using for reference.
This is a photo of the TBOX body prior to any weathering steps.
Here is the BNSF body with only graffiti decals applied. The difference between the shiny out-of-the-box model and the completed weathered version is significant.