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    Lightbulb Weathering idea

    Has anyone ever let the sun fade out the paint on a piece of rolling stock or a loco shell?
    I always thought of trying this but never have.
    My guess is it works especially if it's sits in a window facing south . Let me know what you think.
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    Depends of course on how the plastic is colored , but I would think this will take months maybe even years.
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    I would be more concerned with the direct sunlight warping the shell, I've received a few "shop display" pieces that got pretty wonky from being in the window. Maybe a UV bulb in a desk lamp would be an option? Or am I thinking reverse?
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    A UV lamp or suntanning bed might be faster than sunlight.

    The displayed items in a shop window get screwed up for a few reasons. First, they only get exposure from one direction. Then they are more exposed to temperature fluctuations, between the heat from the sun and heat loss through the glass. The windows don't often get as good heating and cooling as the rest of the shop. Depending on the shop some pieces may sit for years. One of my favorite shops, Trost (now gone) had stock up to 30 years old.

    By using artificial UV, turning the model to even exposure and even using a fan. This might work better on your stuff from the 60s 70s and early 80s. Newer paint and plastic colors are a lot more UV resistant than they used to be.
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    I personally wouldn't have the time to wait, but it just may work.
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    My latest method of simulating faded paint is frosted glass spray paint suggested by an HO guy at a local NMRA meeting. He happened upon it at the hardware store while looking for other paint and wondered what use it could be in modelling. As in all weathering light coats until you get the desired effect work better than one heavy one.

    This is the brand we found here but Home Depot in the states should have a similar product.
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/dy-mark-...spray_p1560542

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    In addition to time as others have pointed out, there might be the issue of UV making the plastic brittle at the end, depending on what formulation the manufacturers are using.

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    Here's an alternative, using oil paints that you wipe almost entirely back off of the model to leave just a faint, fading layer:

    http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...ing-Brush-Fade

    I've also been experimenting with "dry brushing" pan pastel grey pigment (get a little on a brush, wipe most of it onto a paper towel before brushing the remainder on the model). If you brush it on full strength it is too light for my taste, but by treating it like I'm dry brushing something I like the results.

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