I thought I would share some progress photos of a Bluford Shops model 86' boxcar painted in CNA blue. I want to replicate a fair amount of age, grime, and rust on this version. I started with a white fade, and sprayed several coats over the bright blue. I followed the white with a couple coats of the raw sienna tint. The graffiti decal went on next. To achieve the surface rust appearance much like the CSX version I did recently, I brushed on a coat of burnt umber oil thinned with mineral spirits. I let this sit for a short time, and then took most of it off using a cosmetic sponge. A note here: I have tried the q-tip method for taking off excess oil, but with these larger bodied cars, the sponge seemed to work very effectively, and faster than a q-tip. The oil builds up around the ribs and in the details of the doors which is exactly what I want. At this point, the roof hasn't been touched. You can see the original color in the photos. In order to get additional grime on the doors, I then added more burnt umber with a brush, but this time more deliberately, and just on the doors. I again took off the excess with a sponge, and in a few areas with a q-tip. Lastly, I began working on the roof by adding a layer of burnt sienna oil which you can see on the cardboard pallet in photo 2. This will be the base coat which I will then apply burnt umber using a dabbing motion with a stiff brush to achieve a well rusted roof top. The body will get rust streaks, spots, and details, using more burnt umber and a small brush. I plan to add some more graffiti towards the end, in addition to safety striping. Any questions?
In this first photo you can see that I have added a bit more burnt umber oil to the right set of doors. The left set of doors are the result of a single coat of burnt umber applied to the entire car, and then taken off with a cosmetic sponge. (just like when you are applying your morning make up fella's)
I use a piece of cardboard as a pallet for my oil paints. The roof was painted with oil straight from the tube.
Here is where the car stands as of this evening when I decided to stop. I'll pick it up again tomorrow evening after the oils have dried.