How dose one make aluminum rust?

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  1. shortimer52

    shortimer52 Well-Known Member

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    Ok I have a aluminum stalk for my Boba. Id like it to rust up a little but how dose one do that with aluminum? Should I just spray it down with salt water or what?
     
  2. mez7

    mez7 Sr Member

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    go to michaels and they sell stuff that gives the faux appearance of rust, much handier than possibly accidentally getting tetnis.......
     
  3. shortimer52

    shortimer52 Well-Known Member

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    Id love to do that if there was a hobby shop with in a 1 hour trip. But I live in BFE now. So any other ideas?

    Just incase I make it to a hobby shop whats that stuff called?
     
  4. acerocket

    acerocket Well-Known Member

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    Aluminim doesn't rust, it oxidizes to a flaky white appearance. If you are looking to get a red (or other color rust) I would suggest a faux paint job.
     
  5. hansicle

    hansicle Sr Member

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    Well, apply some clear cote and actually sprinkle some rust on it..... That's about all I can think of.
     
  6. Qui-Gonzalez

    Qui-Gonzalez Master Member

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    As stated above, but to add, it also pits during it's corrosion process.
     
  7. tc-2917

    tc-2917 Active Member

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    Shortimer,
    If rust is all you need than rust is what you will get. check out this web site. This weathering powder requiers NO overcoating for bonding. This stuff is the greatest. I use it on all of my projects requiring weathering and rusting.

    http://www.bragdonent.com/weather.htm

    Later Brother....
     
  8. mez7

    mez7 Sr Member

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    dont know the name of the stuff i saw, cause i only looked at it once put it back cause i didnt need it then :p and since i have a garage full of paint and stuff i dont need already..:lol......
    if you have a hardware store or something that sells spraypaint, and you can find rust coloured paint......spray some on, and sand it....will give it a good rusty weathered look,
     
  9. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You CAN make aluminum rust, with liquid mercury. I read that in Popular Science.

    If you really hated someone, you need only toss a bucket of mercury on his Lightsaber collection, the rust and corrosion starts in minutes.
     
  10. thorssoli

    thorssoli Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Check out www.rustall.com. We sold it in the hobby store I used to work at. You can order online and it's just what you're looking for.
     
  11. DL 44 Blaster

    DL 44 Blaster Sr Member

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    Boba stalk on the original prop helmet was painted for the illusion of weathering. To be "screen accurate" only paint will do :D

    Steve
     
  12. TMP

    TMP Sr Member

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    If you mix Rivets in Alu VS steel it will Corode. It will become effect from them that will make it happend.
     

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