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Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has any information on painting realistic rust for metal doors, hinges etc? Also any other of your favorite ways of realisticly painting weathered props? tombstones,moss,etc what works best for you? Thanks for the help Im sure everyone can benifit from a topic like this. Alot of us make quality props and lack painting skills to make the prop a true horror. Thanks again BobC :jol:
 

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Hi Bob, no pics, but I do have a method. I like to spray with flat black paint first. Then I use a rustoleum type brownish red paint as an overspray. You can pry out the end of the spray can nozzle, and that will make the paint come out more in a splatter, or rust spot effect.
 

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another idea i havent tried this but....maybe sprinkle down some dirt then paint it to the target im thinking it would have a rust texture......worth a shot
 

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Well after some research over the last hour I have found a few ways online used by model car and train guys for creating a realistic rust effect.

#1 Easy way - go to Wal-mart and pick up the two part paint put out by Rust-oleam in the spray paint section American Accents "Natural Rust".

#2 Medium amount of effort- put a steel wool in a cup of water for a few days wetting it every once in awhile once completely rusted crush into a powder and sprinkle over wet light grey paint. (side note) I think if rusty powder is mixed in a small amount of off white paint you might get a nice rusty color.

#3 Harder way - mix your own paints white and a small amount of black makes a base coat that is "Light Grey" then Black and red makes a rust color use more red then black.

Other then that I have to make tons of tomb stones for my yard this year my old ones are going in the back and I want to make really detailed stones for the front any one with painting infomation for realistic stones would be greatly appreciated Thanks BobC
 

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Hey BobC, I have some links I have collected:

http://hauntershangout.com/home/wallsconce.asp has what I think is realistic rust, the howto describes spongeing it on.

Some links I have for tombstone painting include
http://www.mourningcemetery.com/Projects/crane/

keeba describes wet warping and other techniques
http://www.hedstorm.net/HAUNT/instructions/tombstones/index.html

and painting rocks
http://www.horrorseek.com/halloween/juggernaut/spkr19.html

For general prop painting I want to try the techniques of our very own krough
http://www.grimvisions.com/painting.htm

Hope this helps!
 

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thanks for the list of links. I was wondering if there is a list of such links divided by subject matter or is everybody on there own. A master list of links would seem to be a good idea.
 

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Great Props Strange1.

I loved the Pirate plaque

Where did you get the dagers/Knives/swords?

Very cool Prop
 

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I thank you SpectreTTM for the compliment.(he says while blushing)
They are 18 inches long and I got them for about 50.00 with shipping.
I had wanted to do one of those for a while, and then I saw the swords on Ebay and thought they would look right.:D
 

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My approach to rusting is quite different. i mix white glue, sawdust, and paint to create an texturing material that is about the consistency of oatmeal and the colour of tomato soup. This is dabbed fairly thickly on the area that is to be rusted, then left overnight to dry. Once dry, I give a light dusting of black gloss spray paint.
 

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Kind of hard to see with this picture but I just used kind of a brownish metal paint and dry brushed on to my lights on my front of my crypt. I thought it looked ok.



 

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I start with a back base and then paint certain spots a brown orange where water would/may collect. Then I drybrush/dab on bright orange to give an active rusting effect.
 

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I used a gloss black spray paint a little bit of sand and then red oxide primer overspray with a lil bit of bronze overspray to create a rust look / texture.. Thought it turned out pretty good

 

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I have tried copper spray paint which looked fine for my fences. A touch here and there. No close up pics. Here is a sample of mold on tombstones. I cut out a round shape on a sponge and used light blue paint.


The front two tombstones have a moss color sponged on the edges. I wanted an old realistic graveyard that has been neglected.
 

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It's already been mentioned, but Drybrushing is the way to go - either with a brush or piece of sponge (or whatever you have laying around, old clothes, etc.). Most know this, and the name is pretty obvious - but drybrushing describes the technique of texturing with paint that is already "almost dry" (you have so little on your applicator that it's almost "dry"). It's a fun thing to do and the results are fantastic.

- Get a little paint on your sponge (my applicator of choice) and dab it off on a piece of scrap. Keep dabbing until you almost have no piant left on the applicator. Seriously.

- Now dab/streak/scrub very light amounts of this on your prop. Try to localize. Not much will be there at first, so it's fine to go back over the area a bit at a time - less is more. Go too far/heavy and you've lost the point of drybrushing (providing accents). If you think "one more coat/application will do it", STOP. Come back to it in a couple of days if you really have to.

- A lot of it is the "power of suggestion". Drybrush a little rust color in places on your stuff and peoples' minds will tell them "it's definitely rust". Spectators won't necessarily be scrutinizing your rust detail up close.

- Colorwise, since these props are meant to be seen in darker environments, I go for brighter rust colors (reds leaning to almost orange). Rust too dark disappears or looks more like dirt.

- Drybrushing is easy to fix, too. If you think you put too much on, you can lightly drybrush a little of the base coat (like black in this case) over the rust, or recover the whole thing and start over. Piece of cake.

-Try it! Get crazy - I layered different drybrushings of progressively lighter rust colors and they looked great, but some of that detail was fairly lost in the dim light. Still looked really good...
 

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Went to a pro seminar on this... haven't tried. They said don't use paint, use pigments. Home depot has it behind the paint counter and you need to tell them that you want to buy it. If they say its not for sale tell them to scan the bar code and it will show that it is for sale.
The haunt used pigment instead of paint on most things and it was the best (detail) I have seen. Realistic.
 

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scream1973, your hinges looked great, can't believe it is paint! They look like they are really rusted!
 
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