How To Add A Super Realistic Rust To Your Model Trains

abandoned railway wagon rustingAbandoned rusted rolling stock is a frequent sight on many railways. Learn how to apply a cool rusted effects to old trains for that abandoned, left-behind, look to your sidings.

Take a look around any real-world railway siding and it won’t be long before you see abandoned rolling stock. Such wagons add considerable authenticity to your layout and as they obviously don’t need to work you can get old broken wagons to use cheaply from eBay.

Now it’s just a question of adding rust and here are three simple steps to achieve a realistic rust finish.

Read the full article, including step-by-step pictures, here.

1) Paint the base colour

First paint your object the base colour that you want. Black is good for pronounced rust. Do not use a water soluble otherwise the rust effects will remove the base coat. Go with a glossy or semi-gloss base coat, the wash will tend to wander into the deepest cracks and recesses and avoid the high points.

2) Apply A Wash

Using a wash of the Burnt Sienna apply liberally over the whole surface and soak up puddle spots with a paper towel.

If you use a thinner wash, you may need to repeat this step several times and build the effect slowly to a point of your choosing.

3) Dry Brush Severe Rusting

For spots of more severe rusting and sharp edged places paint on the Burnt Sienna full strength. You can also paint in a bit of Burnt Umber for that darker brownish type of rust.


For metal surfaces, dry-brush a thin layer of the silver acrylic across the surface.

Picture credit, R~P~M

If you use this technique I’d love to see your results. Tweet your pictures to me at @modelrailwayeng

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