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    Has anyone aging wood using the Badger sand blaster ?. I've see this trick done on large projects like English style pubs ! My first timber tressel is coming along a treat, I now need to distress the timbers on the gerts a wee bit, these have been cut from local pine. BTW I tried wire brushing and that was very ineffective.

  • #2
    I've never done anything like that in miniature, I do have a bead blaster and have done 1:1 wood with it and it worked well. I do know it is a technique that has to be done with care as there are wide variations in the hardness of wood within the grain structure, some 'melts' off extremely fast and some seem as hard as steel.

    I'd certainly try it on some scrap before trying it on your finery.
    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

    Cedar Swamp
    SW of Manistique, MI

    AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail


    • #3
      I have used the "eraser" for several tests. My primary interest was to expose various levels of paint on metal. I have used it on wood also. It works well in both cases. One thing to keep in mind is that this stylized airbrush, just like a paint airbrush, has variable pressure control so you can increase and decrease the power by changing the pressure setting. If you need more erosion run the pressure up. Always test before committing to a model. Wear a mask and safety glasses as the fine dust is insidious.



      • #4
        Thats encouraging Garry, thanks. Now all I have to do is find my compressor - the stress of sucessive international moves .


        • #5
          This is an after "action report".

          I bought myself a nice new compressor, built myself a spray booth from ply off cuts. But sorry to report the Badger just isnt made for this application. It does remove rust. It would probably be good for removing decals, but aging wood it does'nt do!. The spray medium is more of a very fine powder rather than sand.


          • #6
            I have been using one lately for dulling peeled paint and also some wood weathering accents (but not as a main method). I am using baking soda at pressures around 15-20 psi. I am very happy with it. The paint comes out dead flat and the application is very easy to control. At the low pressure my loose peels stay put. I plan to try some metal weathering soon. I use a dust mask and safety glasses.


            • #7
              Would a tool like this work for you? Or the wire brush that you use in a drill. That wire is very stiff.


              I would hate to hear about anyone injurying their lungs over some weathering / distressing.
              Tom M.


              • #8
                thats exactly what I did I used an old razor saw

                very effective and quick !