how to weather a stainless sword?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by ortiz34, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. ortiz34

    ortiz34 Well-Known Member

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    Im a newbie, please dont kill me.

    IS there any way to weather a stainless sword.
    I got a couple cheapy LOTR swords (wraiths) and want to make them look (at least less shiny), since the UC ones are dirty and old looking(but out of my price range).

    Is there a decent way to replicate them?
     
  2. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Maybe mist a little flat brown and black spraypaint on them here and there...wipe some on as well...then scratch the paint a little too...then add some more and remove some with a rag while wet...and dry...just work it back and forth...

    Spray a little clear oround grooves in the handle and sprinkle with sand...spray over that...

    Basicly...mess it up then dry to clean it up again...well don't clean too hard.

    Hope that helps.

    I don't know of any chemical weathering for SS...just steel itself.
     
  3. ortiz34

    ortiz34 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I mean Ive heard of the vingegar /water thing but not sure if 'stainless' procludes that...

     
  4. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Yeah, I don't think that'll work.
    I've got some blueing for steel but it doesn't work on stainless...Maybe a dye or stain would though...like some kind for glass...but again, your just painting over the surface.

    I'm sure though that if there is a way, someone here will know how ;)

     
  5. Stormleader

    Stormleader Well-Known Member

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    I'd go with paint. That way too, if you ever decide someday to have them "clean" it won't be too hard. If you're looking to dull it up, maybe a flat clearcoat?
     
  6. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    toilet bowl cleaner will "weather" stainless pretty well.

    it eats the finish off the metal.

    ive used it once or twice before. works great on copper as well :)

    chris
     
  7. ortiz34

    ortiz34 Well-Known Member

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    Thats an interesting idea.

    How dangerous would it be to hand;e afterwards though?

    The look im going for is the united cutlery witchknig and ringwraith swords.
    (they almost look like acide etched).

    What would happen if i just sanded them down?
    I mean , right now they look, pristine(which is a problem since the movie they looked decrepit).


     
  8. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    if you wash em off, it should be fine (if you were referring to the toilet bowl cleaner idea).

    basically the stuff eats the zinc finish away leaving the steel to be "stained" (for lack of a better word). it rusts, needs oiling, etc.

    treat it with respect (like you would any other rusty sharp object) and you should be fine.

    rinse it off with water, in the bathtub if you want, its how mine worked out. 3 "coats" or washings with the bowl cleaner basically left me the beat up weathered katana look i used for my inu yasha sword a few years back.

    chris
     

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