Volpin's Top Tip #5 - Gun Metal Effect

Another tip from the archives! This is a technique for a gunmetal texture with a bit of depth.

This was borrowed from a builder named Matsuo over on the RPF, and modified a bit for my project. The base paint on this casting is flat black. I took a piece of cotton cloth from an old pair of khakis and rubbed a stick of graphite (HB) across the whole surface of the fabric. This was then used to buff the flat paint and give it a slight metallic sheen.

If you end up with something a bit too silvery don't worry, a coat of flat clear will dull the finish somewhat and leave you with more black than silver. You can repeat this process over subsequent clearcoats to bring out more silver and depth.

Pasted Graphic 5

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