Garage door - part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the garage door. I backtracked a bit here. After removing the center 3D printed hinges, I decided that I really needed five hinges across instead of three for better stability. I would need to add styrene under the additional hinge surfaces to make them the same height as the others. I didn't like the look of the small brackets with this new setup, so I removed those and replaced with long strips of styrene. I primed and painted for the next steps.

I thought about doing this from the beginning on both the front and back, and I probably should have done it then...but, I like the front enough to not start that over.

When you buff the metalizer lacquer with a paper towel, it becomes shiny and metallic. It's a delicate surface that needs to be sealed, but its delicate nature makes it easier to age. I began lifting the silver paint to expose the darker under layers, bringing out the finer details. It was a tedious process but worth it. :]  The bottom panel is what it looked like before and the upper panel is after the aging.

I didn't worry about lifting too much paint since I plan to add acrylic paint details in the final finishing.

On the front, I wanted more of the silver lifted than the salt technique removed. Here is the before on the left and the after on the right.

Just enough to even out the corrosion.

Delightfully ratty! :D

7 comments

Comment from: Wendeborg [Visitor]
Great work!
05/09/20 @ 23:50
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
That looks fantastic! Definitely ratty! :D
05/10/20 @ 08:05
Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]
Oh Brae! This is magnificent!!! You are Mother Nature and Father Time to miniatures!
05/10/20 @ 09:45
Comment from: brae [Member]
Awww, thank you!! :>> I always forget how much I enjoy making things look old and worn out. :))
05/10/20 @ 10:21
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
Oh it looks so wonderfully beat up! That door has seen a few hailstorms for certain.
05/10/20 @ 11:38
Comment from: Marijke [Visitor]
Wow I had to look twice lol it looks almost real! Have a nice day, groetjes van Marijke
05/10/20 @ 23:24
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Wow!
05/11/20 @ 05:05


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