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Natural-looking chipped paint

Use acrylic crackle medium for realistic weathering
RELATED TOPICS: LONDON CAB | WEATHERING | RUST | PAINTING
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My London cab, featured in the April 2020 Scale Auto magazine (Page 24), underwent a barrage of weathering to get the look I envisioned. One of the techniques that you didn’t get to see much of was a crackle effect on the car’s roof. Ultimately, I covered the work rust and leaves for a natural, abandoned appearance, but the effect was one I use a lot.

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After making the dent in the roof with a lighter and priming the body, I sanded the area to smooth everything out. Then I applied a medium crackle gel with a soft sponge. For this model, I used a locally produced product, but Vallejo crackle medium (No. 70.598) works the same way.

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Here you can see the medium spread on the roof. When you apply the crackle medium, make sure to avoid creating bubbles and let it dry completely.

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Where the paint went over the crackle medium, it cracked as it dried, creating a naturally peeled texture. Typically, you would apply the crackle between a base coat and a topcoat of a contrasting color. I did this with the understanding that I was going to apply heavy rust effects, so I wasn’t concerned with the primer or plastic showing through the cracks. What I was looking for was the realistic texture.

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