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Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Detail Work, Rigging, Fittings, Figures Etc. => Topic started by: SNOOPDOG32 on July 01, 2010, 08:26:22 PM

Title: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: SNOOPDOG32 on July 01, 2010, 08:26:22 PM
Hi chaps !
what hints and tips do you have for Staining and aging rigging both standing and running on a working boat
trawler tug etc  ;)
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: chingdevil on July 01, 2010, 08:30:43 PM
On my puffer I made the ropes look old by dry brushing them with Revels Acrylic paint Dark Earth, and a touch of their rust as well.

Brian
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: alan colson on July 01, 2010, 08:39:02 PM
Don't know if this will help, but I have seen the sails on scale sail boats stained with cold tea.
Alan
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: wideawake on July 01, 2010, 09:56:26 PM
Don't know if this will help, but I have seen the sails on scale sail boats stained with cold tea.
Alan

Yes I've heard of that used to take the edge off white material.   As regards rope, I had a look at the ropes on my narrow boat and they tend to age to a fairly even grey colour rather than fawn so some of the running rigging on my Colin Archer was done with rope that had been briefly soaked in black dylon and then washed out and dried.    I say some as I think it's unlikely that all running rigging on a sailing boat would be the same age, so I rigged some lines with fresh thread.    Since all the standing rigging would have been either tarred or wire rope I soaked that in black dylon for much longer.   In a few cases I used very thin real wire rope and blacked that with matt black paint.  In a couple of cases wher I wanted a less even dirty look, I pulled the damp thread though my muddy hands and then fixed the result with a light spray of clear acrylic once it was dry.   All this was in the nature of an experiment.  I shall be interested to see how it all looks in a year's time.

HTH

Guy
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: SNOOPDOG32 on July 06, 2010, 09:50:27 PM
Thanks for all the info  :-)) :-)) :-)

ED
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: DickyD on July 07, 2010, 08:11:08 AM
Coffee is a good stain.  :-))
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: Watchleader on July 07, 2010, 08:36:51 AM
Van Dyke crystals are even better. Dissolved in water to any intensity.
Pretty cheap.
Used as a wood stain originally.
A very versatile material.
 :-))   O0
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: SNOOPDOG32 on July 07, 2010, 11:24:50 AM
Van Dyke crystals  :embarrassed: what are they then never heard of them where do you get them from %)
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: wideawake on July 07, 2010, 01:56:46 PM
Van Dyke crystals  :embarrassed: what are they then never heard of them where do you get them from %)

Google produces loads of hits including

http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/products/wood-finishes/wood-stains/vandyke-crystals.htm

HTH

Guy
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: SNOOPDOG32 on July 07, 2010, 07:10:08 PM
Thanks for the info again guy will take a look :-))

ED
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: Watchleader on July 13, 2010, 02:25:17 PM
Hi Snoopdog
Crystals are in Newport waiting for you. :-)) :}
John
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: SNOOPDOG32 on July 14, 2010, 09:40:49 PM
Thanks john going over the weeked :-)) :-)) :-))
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: John R Haynes on July 19, 2010, 11:18:15 AM
Use a tea bag
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: Mikasa on September 12, 2010, 02:36:00 PM
Hi go onto a railway modellers site they use a lot of powders for different types of ageing ie for wood. metal cloth etc. Brian
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: farrow on September 16, 2010, 09:43:42 AM
I paint mine dark grey for standing rigging, as wire is usually galvanized and that oxidies to a dark grey, though some posh vessels painted thier stays and shrouds white, working/bull wires as mentioned earlier try the railway sites for ideas.
Title: Re: Staining/aging rigging
Post by: Jimmy James on April 14, 2011, 09:56:28 PM
Sail cloth can also be stained with wood stain I do some of mine with pine or light oak with Jacobean oak for marks like bunt lines, stays, lazy jacks etc: that rub on the sails and on a real ship would leave tar stains, most of them are not obvious, just shadows ---wood stain also waterproofs the cloths ---stays, shrouds, halyards etc: can also be stained this way
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