DETAILS- Truck Weathering with Ink

truck weathering


Jerry Kitts suggested using Dr. Martin’s inks for staining ties a while back. I decided to try to use the Sepia ink mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) on a pair of San Juan Car Company double truss trucks. The truck was painted with a color similar to Floquil Weathered Black. I let the acrylic paint sit for a few days to ensure it was hardened.

It is a good base to add other highlights such as oil around the journals.   The ink dries and leaves a residual grit on the truck.   To my eye, it does add a 3D look to the grime and dirt that accumulates on the wheel faces.  Journals tend to lead oil and creates a “magnet” for dust and dirt.

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7 thoughts on “DETAILS- Truck Weathering with Ink

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  2. Hi Gene,

    This is exactly the type of information I have been looking for.

    I have been trying to find a way to get paint to permanently adhere to San Juan trucks.

    I have kind of a dumb question, but I’d like to make sure I understand your procedure.

    Dio you paint the trucks with acrylic paint, let the paint dry, and then apply the sepia ink?

    Thanks for your time.

    • Mike
      Remember isopropyl alcohol will remove acrylic paints so just brush on the mix and let it flow and dry. I wash the castings in alcohol before painting. You can shoot Model Masters acrylic and let it cure a few days before using a wash

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