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Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Painting, Finishing and Care. => Topic started by: oapanglais on March 19, 2012, 10:08:59 AM

Title: Advice needed
Post by: oapanglais on March 19, 2012, 10:08:59 AM
Can anyone tell me an effective way to treat brass and copper chains to make them look like rusty old steel chains or at least not like shiny brass? I have tried one called Carr's metal black for brass, which is used by the model railway enthusiasts. This produces a powdery black layer which then needs to be laquered to prevent it being rubbed off. The laquer sticks the links together and then flakes off when the chain is moved.
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: TailUK on March 19, 2012, 03:19:00 PM
To rust chains back in my tank building days I'd paint the chain with reddish brown paint and dust with brown chalk dust while the paint was still wet.  After it was all dry put the chain in a container (I used to use an old 35mm film container)  and shake gentlly.  this would knock off the excess chalk dust and leave a really grungy looking length of chain.  A good coat of matt finish to waterproof the whole thing.
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: oapanglais on March 19, 2012, 03:57:52 PM
Thanks for the tip. I will give it a try.