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I use black washing on budget models to bring out the details that manufacturers may put there, but for many reasons, are not defined. The "shadow effect" that black washing gives a model brings out that detail.

BTW, this is the Ertl American Graffiti Corvette.

First off, I want to say that there are several ways that you can do this as some paint manufacturers sell a black wash mix or you can use a charcoal marker to get same basic results, but this is how I do it.

I start by mixing 1/4 of flat black with 3/4 thinner. Also a 1/3 and 2/3 will work. I used to mix only the amount I would use with eye droppers, but not I have a separate paint jar where I keep a mix.
I also use the cheap throw-away 10/$1.00 brushes and plenty of cotton swabs.

I use dab the paint on the part and let it dry a bit before removing the excess paint. The process may have to be done a few times to get the desired "shadow" specially on over-chromed grills.

Here is some of the Testors stuff I use:


Here is how the stock engine looks like and after some paint was put on and removed:



Now some pics of before and after:

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After: (needs another coat or two)


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The whole car before:

After:
 

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Here is an Ertl '69 Mach 1 wheel:



A quick job on a Maisto $2 bike. Notice the motor and brake rotors:
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hi acisne nice work on the models it does pay to dothat i do it to acouple of my models and it makes them look much better.

cheers barry.
 

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Great tutorial Al - thanks for taking the time to do it!
 
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thanks for the tuorial mate, i never knew what black washing was and never knew how to do it, now i know i might give it a shot on a couple of my models i have here :)
 

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Thanks everyone! :cheers I'm gladd you liked it. And Jon, your work has inspired me!
 

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Great write-up, Al!

You made that FJ (and the others too, of course) look great!!!

Sean
 
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Thnaks for the info. Ive been needing to do that to quite a few cars. One question: how do you get the paint off the high areas?
 

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Sorry, I never saw your question. :dizzy I get a clean Q-tip and wipe the paint off the high areas.
 

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Thanks guys! :cheers

Someone asked me if the back-wash might affect the model down the road. I have been doing this for 15+ years on diecast and 25+ years on plastic, and the material underneath has not been effected.
 
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I'm reviving this thread as a number of newer members have been inquiring about black washing.
Makes a world of difference to your cars.
Very simple if you follow Als pictorial and tutorial.
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Glad that this thread got revived, I am going to have to give this a whirl on some of my models, looks as though it makes a world of difference, thanks for the write up Acisne :cheers
 

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Great tutorial. Now, do we have one on getting rid of the dark spots on headlights and taillights caused by the plastic pins holding them on. Your Vette could use a treatment on the headlights
 
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