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Popeye

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'Natural' looking deck planking
« on: June 21, 2015, 12:48:47 PM »

Does anyone have a method or idea/s how best to simulate 'natural. looking deck planking, ie., that greyish, scrubbed effect, rather than that of pristine varnished timber?


I always use lime stripwood and have tried painting, woodstain and matt varnished finishes, none of which give the effect I'm looking for.



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Re: 'Natural' looking deck planking
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 08:29:21 PM »




Grey/silver wood is also a sought after effect in Model Railroading.  Here is a link to site that has some techniques they use.  Probably need a clear matt on top.


http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/201443.aspx


Basically they layer different paint/ink/die washes.  It takes some practice on scrap first, and probably works best if your caulking is made of something impervious.
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Re: 'Natural' looking deck planking
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2015, 10:47:31 AM »

Whist doing a stint of enforced gardening I noted that the ends of several wooden stakes which had been sunk into the soil had turned a greyish shade similar to that of 'natural' planking.


Was this my Eureka moment? Could interment of my stock of lime  planking eventually have a similar effect on it's colouring? Time will tell coz I've buried some sample limewood strips (SWMBO thinks I'm losing my marbles) and intend  to disinter them periodically - if I remember where I've buried 'em - to see what, if any, change occurs.


So watch this space. :-))
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Re: 'Natural' looking deck planking
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2015, 10:59:45 AM »

Rog your marbles cracked years ago :D
Burying your deck planks might work, even if the wood loses its strenth
it should be ok, as you will be laying it on a ply sub deck
but it might take some time to have an effect , like 3 or 4 builds down the line
  Reg
PS its your turn for the beer to night ! :-))
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Re: 'Natural' looking deck planking
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2015, 11:03:44 AM »

If you Google 'ageing wood', a number of techniques come up, including ageing wood with tea, vinegar, vinegar and steel wool, baking soda, and caustic soda.
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Re: 'Natural' looking deck planking
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2015, 01:52:39 PM »

Rog your marbles cracked years ago :D
Burying your deck planks might work, even if the wood loses its strenth
it should be ok, as you will be laying it on a ply sub deck
but it might take some time to have an effect , like 3 or 4 builds down the line
  Reg
PS its your turn for the beer to night ! :-))


What have I got to lose - other than a few lengths of stripwood.


Reg, remind me to dig 'em up in October. {-)


I'll cheerfully buy you a pint - if you push me to the front of our little queue :-))  (assuming I can locate my wallet!!!)
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Re: 'Natural' looking deck planking
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2015, 05:28:10 PM »


hi ya there, have a look at this link - the guy who built this model painted it as well and if you have a look at the pics you will see he made one hell of a good job (in my opinion) of it.     I know he frequently goes on the RC Groups website and there are more pics of the build on there.    I cant find that link at the moment but I hope this is of some help to you :-)

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,39068.0.html

aye

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