Tool Review
Quick Rust
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Wilder has released a huge number of finishing, texturizing, washes, decals and tools in the last year, and thanks to Airbrushes.com we have samples of most of these products to review. In this review we take a look at Quick Rust which is for adding the aged rust effect to white metal, usually metal tracks.


This product from Wilder is supplied in a clear squat bottle with plastic lid which contains 50ml of the product. The labelling is eye catching and so good marketing by Wilder. I also like the design of the container as the clear plastic bottle allows you to see how much of the product you get and for that matter how much you have left. The squat design of the bottle means that you are less likely to knock it over due to its low centre of gravity, which must be a plus for the modeller. It is also worth mentioning that the lid is sealed and so you know that you are getting a previously unopened bottle.

I do have a few concerns about this product, which are that there was a crystalline powder around the bottle lid in the threads, and there is nothing on the bottle to let you know exactly what you are potentially exposing yourself to. I did read the very small text on the side of the bottle; that tells you to wash your hands if they come into contact and do not ingest. I also checked the Wilder website which does not give you any clue to what it is, but it does provide limited information on its use. My other concern is not so much a concern as an observation, that observation is that for a product that is for adding a rust effect to white metal tracks, the quantity of the product is very small and you cannot exactly bath or dip the tracks to get a consistent finished result. Both my concern and observation are easily resolved if Wilder feels I have made valid observations.

I did note when on the Wilder website that it says to dip the tracks into the fluid for a period of between 7 to 15 seconds, so with a metal track run in hand I dipped the track run straight into the bottle for a period of 15 seconds. The liquid did as it was supposed to and gave the metal the brown colouration that as a rule we seek. One issue I hit was that the finished colour was not consistent on the outer face of the tracks, this was my own fault rather than the products, as I feel I should have washed the tracks in warm soapy water and allowed them to dry before attempting this process. It is my belief that the fault was mine as the colour on the inner face is consistent.


This product from Wilder does do what it is supposed to do, and I can forgive the lack of details on what the product is, as basic safety precautions will protect you from harm. That being said if it was ingested the medical services have no idea what it is you have ingested, and I also believed that it was a requirement under EU law to provide this information.

I cannot see a full set of metal tracks getting a consistent finish due to the limited quantity of the liquid. I believe that in the case of this product it should be supplied in a 200ml bottle minimum and preferably somewhere in the 500ml range to make dipping the tracks for a set period easy. I do feel that Wilder needs to supply more information on the product such as, can it be used more than once, and some clearer details on its use such as washing and allowing the tracks to dry before they get dipped in order to avoid upset customers who do not know better.
Highs: The product does exactly what it is supposed to and there are no unpleasant fumes that I detected.
Lows: The quantity is too small for the purpose it was designed for.
Verdict: I will recommend the product due to its easy use but be prepared to need a few bottles of it at a time.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: QR 01
  Suggested Retail: 4.50
  PUBLISHED: Aug 28, 2014

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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This certainly looks to do the trick well Darren! Like Roman explained once things are cleaned there should be a good run with the one bottle I would think. And I do agree that some sort of disclaimer be added to the packaging explaining whether it can cause harm or not...not necessarily the ingredients and possibly a SDS (formally know as the MSDS) at least online. All in all I really like the results! Thanks for the review!!
AUG 28, 2014 - 08:41 AM
When I visited the Wilder website to get a bit of Intel on this product, the word Dip is used and for a period of 7 to 15 seconds, I defy anyone to be able to dip and submerge a track run in that quantity. In the container it is currently supplied it will be ideal for touching up areas that have perhaps failed to discolour, but beyond that you will need more of the product.
AUG 28, 2014 - 08:54 AM
Good to know it doesn't stink. Anybody know if this will blacken photo etch? Kimmo
AUG 28, 2014 - 09:30 AM
I will test it for you if you can wait a couple of days
AUG 28, 2014 - 09:49 AM
No hurry. I've been trying to get an answer on similar products with no luck. If the stuff does darken pe and takes paint, that would be a major bonus. Kimmo
AUG 28, 2014 - 11:01 AM
Kimmo, you could darken / discolour brass with ferric chloride, which is used to actually do etching. You can buy that in an electronics supplier as it's used for etching circuit boards. It can be painted over just the same as brass as it leaves the metal *very* clean. Different strength mixes and different times produce different effects - not sure how easy it is to control though, so a product like this may be more predictable. Interestingly, considering Darren's comment on crystals around the bottle top, ferric chloride can be bought as crystals which you then mix with water - I'm not saying that's what this is however...
AUG 28, 2014 - 11:50 AM
Interesting Matt, I might look into that as well. Kimmo
AUG 28, 2014 - 12:34 PM
Kimmo it has no effect on brass PE, I do not have any nickel PE to test it on.
SEP 03, 2014 - 12:43 PM
Bummer. Thanks for checking. Kimmo
SEP 03, 2014 - 09:22 PM

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