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

Wilder Product's Nitroline series Medium Rust Speckling Effect is a medium oxidation tone intended for quickly enhancing the appearance of rust and chipping effects.

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.

Recently the Airbrush Company Ltd sent a selection of products by Wilder Products for review. This review is of their NitroLine paint filter Medium Rust Speckling Effect, item NL 26.

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 Medium 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 very thin solvent-based liquid and a thin layer of pigment. The pigment is robust.

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 Medium Rust Speckling Effect is for any finishes I tested it on two models, an Atlas HO Thrall 2743 Gondola, and a undecorated hopper. Following Wilder instructions, I loaded a stiff bristle brush with the speckling paint and flicked it across the dark gondola. I brushed it across the lighter hopper. I am impressed and enthusiastic about the effects. Please see the photographs to judge the effectiveness; the wash was applied and dried in about 20 minutes.

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

This paint dried in places much like a wash. It dried fairly fast, laid flat, and left a slight shine, as expected with a solvent based product.

Results and conclusion
My hopper shows a rusty streaked finish. The gondola shows rusty blotches / chips.

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.

Modelers striving to create a varied rusty effect and techniques of color modulating or 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 unique effect, is easy to use and clean from the brush. The odor of the solvents did not give me a headache. It dried with varying sheens.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: Modelers striving to create a varied rusted, streaked and chipped effects should appreciate this product.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: NL 26
  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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