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Weathering Oils - Mud & Earth
Weathering Oils Matt Fast Drying Oils - Mud and Earth
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

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Wilder has launched a new line of oil paints: Weathering Oils, Matt Fast Drying Paints. This review looks at two of them, LS18, Neutral Earth and LS20, Dark Mud.

For many modelers, oil paints are firmly established as a preferred weathering medium. But they can take forever to dry, require solvents that can attack model paints, and usually dry with at least a semi-gloss finish.

Weathering Oils Matt Fast Drying Oils
Wilder's Adam Wilder is a force in the weathering and finishing realm of modeling. Weathering Oils are formulated to dry faster than traditional artist oils and also dry to a matt sheen. Wilder uses a tube that is supposed to retain its shape after being squeezed. Traditional oil tubes stay squished and malformed. The tubes also have tips that are smaller and pointier than artist oils, affording more control to the modeler.

This review demonstrates products
    LS18, Neutral Earth

    LS20, Dark Mud

Let's see how they perform.

Wilder's smaller tube tip is sealed with foil that is easy to flip off. The nozzle is smaller than artist oils and thus allows one to squeeze out a smaller amount. Wilder recommends to apply the working gob onto a paper towel or other absorbent item to suck even more oil from the oil. That will help it to dry even faster.

I used stiff acrylic brushes to apply the oils and a softer type to coat the sides of the boxcar with a dirty film. The daubed paint began to set and needed firm passes of the brush to streak and spread it. This oil paint brushed nicely and stayed where I put it. It clings well to the painted body and to the engineering plastic the trucks are molded with.

I applied LS20, Dark Mud to the left side of the boxcar and LS20, Dark Mud to the right side. I did not put either on the door to create a contrast between the two very similar colors.

After drying about 12 hours the Wilder's Weathering Oils did dry matt. But they are still oily enough to smudge. This helped me because I noticed a couple of fingerprints that I was able to just smear away. I wondered if they are intended to be applied over an acrylic primer that can remove some of the oil?

Thus I did apply Neutral Earth over a cured coat of LifeColor acrylic with this result:
    After 24 hours it was to the touch.

    After 48, it was wet although becoming less so.

    At three days, most of Neutral Earth has not disturbed by light finger pressure.

    By the fourth evening, I considered N.E. dry, although there was one spot that was still leaving paint on my finger.

I did not use them with mineral spirits or turpentine.

I enjoyed using these Wilder Weathering Oils. First, the tubes are indeed easier to use than the oils I still have from my days as an illustrator. Second, the pigments and carrier of these retain the rich qualities of oil paint. These do seem to dry faster but not to-the-touch overnight. They do indeed dry matt.

Wilder Weathering Oils are easy to use. If you are looking for some thing to dry to-the-touch overnight or sooner, these did not do so for me.

I have no meaningful complaint about these new weathering products. I look forward to using them more, and happily recommend them.

Please remember to tell vendors and retailers that you saw these oils here - on RailRoad Modeling.
Highs: The tubes are sturdy and the pigments and carrier of these retain the rich qualities of oil paint. They do seem to dry faster and definitely dry matt.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: I am very pleased with these new Weathering Oils and look forward to using them more.
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 23, 2016

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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...

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A part of the oil paint weathering is the ability to manipulate the paint with an apropriate thinner (like white spirit or turpentine). What is the recommended thinner for these?
AUG 26, 2016 - 02:55 AM

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