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How to use Mr Weathering Color

This weekend I decided to finally try out the various Mr Weathering Colors and Filtering Liquids I had. I took plenty of photos and in this post I'll lay out my thoughts and experiences and I bumble my way through learning a new product. 

Read the full post below, but in short summary, these are really thin enamel paints. You can use it as a panel line wash, or for some kind of filtering or blending


So I started with a workbench that could double as a Mr Hobby ad. It does. Buy some Mr Hobby products, they are great. 

Side note, I finally opened the weathering brushes I had from the standard boxes a few months ago. Super nice. I've been using cheap walmart brushes, and the fat handles on these felt amazing. I felt kind of bad using such nice brushes for such poor work. 

These jars all include ball bearings, and really seem to settle out if left sitting for a while. So step 1 is to really shake the hell out of it.

First thing you notice after opening is despite the fact these jars are the same ones the Mr Hobby cement, mark setter, mark softer , etc, come in, they have no brush. So I guess it's either dip the brush in, or pour it into a tray. I'm using the Mr Mixing trays here. 

So I pour it out into the tray, and all over the desk. Off to a skilled start. 


For a panel line wash you want to dip a brush in, then touch it to the panel lines. Usually it will just flow into the lines. Being so thin it flows really easy. Let it dry a bit then clean it off. I used a q-tip and some alcohol. You might get better results with lighter fluid or an enamel thinner.


Once it's cleaned up it looks pretty good. I also tried the brown and orange. Brown came out ok, orange basically didn't show up.



Next I tried out one of the filtering liquids. This is the blue one, looks really nice just in the tray. Too bad I'm about to ruin that with my painting skills.


For my first attempt, I really slathered it on. You're supposed to use very thin coats. I'll have to try to salvage this later.

It turned this yellow runner green. Not really sure if this is what it's supposed to be used for, but could be neat for blending similar colors together. 


Some slight dabbing with a cotton ball led to an interesting result. 

In the end, I still don't know what I'm doing. I still prefer to use the gundam markers for panel lines, but I could see using these for something I've painted. I usually would mix my own enamel wash, but it's nice to be able to buy the exact same color over and over without having to worry about the exact mix.


Next time I'll try out the weathering pastes, and I've also got a painting post I'm working on.

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