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Rust Wizard Liquid Pigments
Liquid Pigments Rust Wizard
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Lifecolor, a division of Astromodel of Italy, enhances their huge selection of acrylic paint and pigment sets with the new product Liquid Pigments. Rust Wizard, set LP02 is one of three sets in the series. It consists of five "paints" and a liquid pigment remover. These liquid pigments allow modelers to blend and work rust effects upon any subject from any country and any era.
    The new adjustable Green Chemistry pigments technology allows you to obtain a wide range of rust colour effects. For best results we suggest using these with Reflecting Agent PG110. - Lifecolor

Liquid Pigments Rust Wizard
This set of six 22ml screw top bottles is packed in a good looking flip-top box. English and Italian text on the back of the box explains how to use Liquid Pigments.

This set includes:
    LPW 06 Deep Rust
    LPW 07 Eroding Light Rust
    LPW 08 Eroding Dark Rust
    LPW 09 Orange Marks
    LPW 10 Yellow Marks
    RE Remover

A set cost 16.99 including VAT, while additional pots of pigment can be purchased for 3.40, with Remover available for 2.00.

LifeColor does not explain what Green Chemistry is. Regardless, although these 'paints' are water soluble, LifeColor includes RE Remover, which LifeColor recommends use of, especially when the pigments have dried. Remover can also be used to blend the liquid pigments.

The idea of Liquid Pigments seems to be that of a concentrated wash that does not leave a hard edged puddle when dry. Very finely ground pigments are suspended in a thin acrylic solution. LifeColor formulates them to be applied by brush or airbrush without thinning.

LifeColor paints demonstrated in previous reviews (Please see [ MORE REVIEWS ] , above or below) have performed very well through my airbrush; the application illustrations on the back of the box all appear to demonstrate brush application. So I decided to forego application with an airbrush.

Application
LifeColor states that it is preferred to apply these to a satin or glossy surface. The surfaces of the yellow boxcar and the orange truck bed are both untreated, the truck being bare plastic. Applied to those, the LP (Liquid Pigments) at first pooled up. Working the LP with a brush broke the surface tension a bit.

I used two methods to apply the LP, straight with a brush, and my "splatter" technique. Please refer to the photos for how those methods perform.

As the LP dried, I used both Remover and water to manipulate the colors. The remover allows the surface tension of the LP to be a bit smoother. On the truck bed, the LP continued to maintain a pooling quality. The boxcar effect is more gradational.

Instructions
They are printed on the back of the box in English and Italian. In rather small print.

Conclusion
Liquid Pigments Rust Wizard affords modelers yet another painting technique for simulating the oxidizing corrosion of iron that modelers love. Few subjects are as rust prone as railroads. The tracks and couplers and long term weather exposure of even the best painted rolling stock eventually succumb to rust.

Liquid Pigments are easy to use and perform very well. They are easy to manipulate and blend. Both Remover and water work well as thinner.

Liquid Pigments work great with application by brush. I have no reason to think it would work any less impressively through an airbrush.

Unlike many dry pigments, Liquid Pigments seem very durable and permanent when dry.

I judge Rust Wizard to have no drawbacks of any concern and I highly recommend this set for modelers who need to simulate rust.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on RAILROAD MODELING.
SUMMARY
Highs: Liquid Pigments are easy to use and perform very well. They are easy to manipulate and blend. Both Remover and water work well as thinner.
Lows: De minimis. The English and Italian text is very fine and challenging to read.
Verdict: RUST WIZARD affords modelers yet another painting technique for simulating the oxidizing corrosion of iron that modelers love.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: LP-02
  Suggested Retail: $24.00 / 16.99
  Related Link: Rain & Dust Wizard
  PUBLISHED: Mar 05, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.44%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

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...

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