What order do you paint weathering effects?

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Im getting ready to finish up some star wars blasters, and once I have the base coat of paint Im not sure which order to apply the weathering wash, Rub n buff, and clear coat.

I believe I want to clear coat first and last, but do I add Rub n Buff before or after the weathering washes?

Also, should I clear coat the prop between weathering and rub n buff applocation or put them on the same layer? Will the weathering wash ruin the rub n buff if I apply the wash after?

Hopefully this makes sense...

Thanks!
 

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Moviefreak

Master Member
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Here is my method...

1. base coat


2. Washes of dark color to run into recessed areas. Then wipe off but leave in recessed areas.

3. Dry brush highlights and grunge look for depth and aging.

4. I then add silver accents on edges to emulate steel showing through.

5. Rub n Buff if it is needed for added depth.

6. Flat clear as I don’t really like a gloss to weathered itens.
 

swgeek

Sr Member
For me It's.
1) Base coat
2) Clear
3) Acrylic weathering
4) Oil weathering
5) Metal highlights/Chipping
6) Clear

You might have trouble clearing over Rub n buff as it's just wax.
 

AnubisGuard

Sr Member
I've not done as many blasters as others, but my preferred method:

1. primer
2. automotive metallic
3. let dry thoroughly
4. top (color) coat
5. chip away at top coat w/ exacto knife
6. acrylic wash if desired for dirt/grime

For a total fantasy weapon, drybrushed or Rub 'n Buff weathering is fine, but I've just never found it convincing or durable enough when trying to match real firearm parts.
 

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