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Tool Review
Dark Rust Effect
NitroLine Dark Rust Effect
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Wilder NitroLine Dark Rust Effect is recommended for replicating shadows and highlighting details on rusty finishes.

Formed in 2011, Wilder Products produces effective finishing products and accessories for constructing, painting and weathering all types of scale replicas and dioramas. Wilder's website has videos and links to demonstrations and how-to articles.

Recently the Airbrush Company Ltd sent a selection of products by Wilder Products. This review is of their NitroLine paint filter Dark Rust Effect.

According to the Wilder website, NitroLine washes are:
    ...a quick means of adding subtle fake shadows and tonal variations. These effects will help to highlight details such as rivets, seams and textures. Washes also add more tones to a finish. Applying washes is usually the first weathering step after a base coat if no filters are needed.

Dark Rust Effect;
    A darker rust tone for replicating shadows and highlighting details on rusty finishes. Also great for making washes and other dark rusty looking effects like patches and streaks on all types of surfaces. Apply it directly from the bottle or thin using enamel thinner. Recommended to be used with other rust effects in the NitroLine for more authentic looking multi-toned results.

NitroLine Dark Rust Effect
This product is formulated to create shadows on rusty surfaces. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the eye-catching label on the bottle cap. Then I noticed the unique bottle. It more like an artists' ink jar, a square body necked plastic bottle. The attractive label adds to the aesthetics, although text on the side is so small that I can not read it without magnification.

Inside is a very thin solvent-based liquid and a thin layer of pigment. The pigment is robust.

Wilder emphasizes that NitroLine products need to first be thoroughly mixed or shaken well prior to using to ensure that the pigments are completely mixed for the effect to work to its fullest potential.

Opening the bottle releases a mild terpenic odor, less intense than Model Master enamels, and less than the mineral spirits I use to clean my brushes.

Since Dark Rust Effect is for any finishes, I tested it on a styrene steam locomotive tender, on a resin rusty junk pile, and a wood model. Following Wilder instructions I loaded a brush with the filter, swiped it across a towel, thence all across the dark surfaces. Please see the photographs to judge the effectiveness; the wash was applied and dried in about 20 minutes and the tender was re-photographed with the same settings.

The wash dried fairly fast. It smoothly spread away from raised detail. One the junk pile it left a shine, but none on the tender.

This paint is not suitable for wood as it absorbs quickly and there is not enough pigment.

Results and conclusion
My tender shows a dirty streaked finish with subtle gradated effects around raised detail. On the junk pile it made subtle shadows.

The product is easy to use. It was easy to clean from the brush. The odor of the solvents did not give me a headache. It dried with varying sheen.

Bottle design is nice although I wonder if modelers will shun the uncommon square bottom?

Modelers who use techniques of color modulating and washes should appreciate this product. I have no complaint about this product and thus feel comfortable recommending it.

We thank Airbrushes.com for providing this product for review. Please tell them and Wilder that you saw this here - on RailRoadModeling.

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Highs: The product is easy to use and clean from the brush. The odor of the solvents did not give me a headache. It dried with varying sheens.
Verdict: Modelers who use techniques of color modulating and washes should appreciate this product.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: NL 07
  Related Link: Colour Modulation by Adam Wilder
  PUBLISHED: Aug 18, 2014

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2017 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.

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