Ageing wood

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When painting to age wood ,I seen some saying about a dirty wash ,can anyone enlighten me ,I’m a newly ,thanks

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A mixture of India ink and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol will give that pretty silvery aging effect.

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I have had some luck with some of the gray stains.  I would recommend testing them first as some look really good and others not so much.

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Another option is to age the wood with tea, steel wool and vinegar.  Gives the wood a silvery finish. Put a wad of steel wool in a jar of vinegar, let the wool degrade overnight. Put a few tea bags in hot water. Cool. Paint or soak the wood in the tea. Let dry. Brush the wood with the vinegar solution. 

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Or use chalk pastels in Mod Podge....or paint.  Basically brush it on, wipe it off.  You use a craft knife to scrape the chalk into the liquid medium until you achieve the colour you want.  Works exceptionally well - I often use this technique.

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I agree with Holly, India ink and alcohol. I have used it for years on my railroad models, and it does give a very silvery, aged finish. I usually use 1 teaspoon per bottle of isopropyl alcohol, but also 2 teaspoons for a darker look. I've tried three teaspoons, but it was too dark for my tastes. For very aged wood, scrape it first with a fine-toothed razor saw or 80 grit sandpaper for some heavy graining. The alcohol mix soaks into the grooves for a very realistic aged look. If you want knots in your wood, drill a small hole and carve some curvy lines around it. Looks very realistic after the alcohol wash. For a caboose with knotty pine siding, I drilled the holes at angle, glued toothpicks in the holes, sanded them flush with the siding, carved the curves, finally the India ink wash. Turned out great. I did this in 1:20.3 scale, so it should work very well in 1:12. 

John

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I use a CLEAN empty yogurt container and use about a half cup of alcohol and add my ink by the drop. applying it to a test piece of the wood I'm trying to age (it dries quickly) until I get the color I want.  The steel wool & vinegar gives a different color effect, also old & weathered.

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