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Brown Rust Speckling Effect
Brown Rust Speckling Effect
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Wilder Product's Nitroline series Brown Rust Speckling Effect, item NL 27, is a dark brown oxidation tone intended for speedily improving the authenticity of rust and chipping effects on darker vehicles.

Formed in 2011, Wilder Products produces effective finishing products and accessories for constructing, painting and weathering all types of scale replicas and dioramas. Mr. Wilder is well known across the modeling community for his elaborately weathered models, numerous 'How-To' demonstrative features, and collaboration with other well known vendors. Wilder's website has videos and links to demonstrations and how-to articles. Wilder's website has videos and links to demonstrations and how-to articles.

Recently the Airbrush Company Ltd sent a selection of products by Wilder Products for review. This review is of their NitroLine paint filter Brown Rust Speckling Effect.

According to the Wilder website, NitroLine washes are:
    Enamel based products for quickly and easily applying various weathering effects onto all types of models and dioramas. NitroLine products can be used straight from the bottle or thinned using enamel thinner. Works best over acrylic finishes. Thoroughly mix and shake the bottle prior to use for best results.

    Speckling can play a major role throughout the different weathering processes needed to finish a model. It involves flicking fine amounts of paint specks onto a surface using a stiff-bristled brush. Speckling can be used for a variety of purposes over most types of paints. It can enhance chipping effects and rust tones.

    Speckling is also a great means for creating earth effects such as mud spatter on the lower running gear of vehicles. If you apply too much of the effect quickly wipe it away using the brush dampened with enamel thinner. You can use Wilder Speckling effects straight from the bottle or dilute them to obtain less opaque specs of rust and earth tones. Use in conjunction with other weathering tones from the NitroLine for more authentic results.

NitroLine Brown Rust Speckling Effect
This product is formulated to create a rusty surface with irregular reflective qualities. It is contained in an eye-catching unique bottle. It more like an artists' ink jar, a square body necked plastic bottle. The attractive label adds to the aesthetics, although text on the side is so small that I can not read it without magnification.

Inside is a solvent-based liquid and a thin layer of pigment. The pigment is thick.

Having used these products I concur with Wilder's emphasis to thoroughly mix, or shake, NitroLine products prior to use to ensure that the pigments are completely mixed for the effect to work to its fullest potential.

Opening the bottle releases a mild terpenic odor, less intense than Model Master enamels, and less than the mineral spirits I use to clean my brushes.

Since Brown Rust Speckling Effect is for any finishes, I tested it on an Atlas HO Thrall 2743 Gondola. Following Wilder instructions I loaded a stiff bristle brush with the paint and flicked it across the dark surfaces. After it dried I was satisfied with the effect. Please see the photographs to judge the effectiveness; the wash was applied and dried to a tacky yet undisturbed touch in about 20 minutes.

The spots dried fairly fast. It smoothly spread away from raised detail. It also cured with some slightly raised clumps that can simulate blistered paint and rough oxidation. It left a slight shine, as expected with a solvent based product.

To see a prototype example with similar weathering, please see Click here for additional images for this review, below.

Results and conclusion
My gondola shows a rusty blotchy finish.

The product creates a unique effect and is easy to use. It was easy to clean from the brush with mineral spirits. The odor of the solvents did not give me a headache. It dried with mild sheen.

Bottle design is nice although I wonder if modelers, at first, will be dubious about the uncommon square bottom? Yet modelers who enjoy a product will always find room for it.

Modelers striving to create a varied rusty effect, techniques of color modulating and washes should appreciate this product. I have no complaint about this product and thus feel comfortable recommending it.

We thank Airbrushes.com for providing this product for review. Please tell them and Wilder that you saw this here - on RailRoadModeling.

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: The product creates a useful effect, is easy to use and clean from the brush. The odor of the solvents did not give me a headache.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: Modelers striving to create a varied rusty effect should appreciate this product.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: NL-27
  Suggested Retail: $6.60, 4.50 inc.VAT
  Related Link: Wilder site
  PUBLISHED: Mar 11, 2015

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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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