Detailing gives your blaster a weathered, 3 dimensional look. If you want it to look like it’s been dragged through the dirt, or seen any real action then this is a step you won’t want to skip.
There are a couple ways to add detail. One is kind of like fingerpainting, and the other like watercoloring.
What you will learn in this step
The two types of paint you can use to add detail
How to make an acrylic wash
How to use rub n buff
What parts of the blaster you can detail
What you need to get started
Two contrasting colors of spray paint
Your accent paint
In the video above I discuss your options for detailing. The traditional way to age your blaster is to use a type of paint called Rub N Buff. It is fairly expensive, but does a great job at helping create authentic looks.
A cheaper alternative is to use a clear polyacrylic finish to mix with acyrlic paints. Acrylic paints are cheaper, and by mixing them with the polycrylic you can essentially duplicate Rub N Buff. Also, acrylic paints come in a lot of different colors, and are available at walmart.
You can even experiment with polycrilic finishes too, as they come in gloss or satin. Mixing a gloss polycrilic with an acrylic paint will make it shinier, while satin will keep the paint neutral.
This video shows how to use Rub N Buff. It’s as simple as dabbing some on your finger, rubbing the spots you want to age, and then buffing it with a piece of cloth.
I used a lighter metallic buff to create work edges on the grill, and darker rub n buffs to bring out edges.
Use a small detail artists brush to paint on your details, including screw heads and levers, and inside the blast mark
Use a metallic acryilic paint and metallic Rub ‘n’ Buff to apply any detail on the blaster you want to stand out.
Darker colors in cracks help to bring out edges, and make your blaster look more 3-Dimensional
Apply 2 light coats of paint to the details you want to accent
A small detail brush or wider stiff bristle brush works well to apply Rub ‘n’ Buff if you want more control, or do not want to use your finger
Use your finger or a rag to buff after applying
Must you Oderless Mineral Sprits to thoroughly clean the burshes and your fingers (or you can wash with warm water and soap to clean most off your finger and brushes)
Variety of colors and metallic finishes are available (we used Ebony, Spanish Copper, Pewter, and Gold Leaf)
An angled artist brush works best to apply aging washes
A small detail artist brush works best to apply Rub ‘n’ Buff
Dry brush along edges and blend away brush strokes with your finger, paper towel, or rag
Use a contrasting metallic Rub ‘n’ Buff on parts you want to stand out