Black wash

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    Black wash

    Gday Guys,

    Just wondering if anyone has black washed their helmet???? Is this how to get that used look??? just been studying photos of the ESB helmet and it seems in various areas this is would be the case. Does anyone have photos of their finished product using the black wash method if in fact you did use it???

    Cheers thanks guys

    Al

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    Re: Black wash

    TD281 said:
    Gday Guys,

    Just wondering if anyone has black washed their helmet???? Is this how to get that used look??? just been studying photos of the ESB helmet and it seems in various areas this is would be the case. Does anyone have photos of their finished product using the black wash method if in fact you did use it???

    Cheers thanks guys

    Al
    If anyone knows me from this board, that's about the ONLY thing I ever say in regards to painting the helmet. The short answer is YES, many people have blackwashed their helmets and Lee and attest to this technique. Personally, I never blackwash with Black but with New Brunswick Green - its darker, but still has that green shade to it after the wash,thereby making the wash a bit more subtle and controllable.

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    Re: Black wash

    Got Maul said:
    If anyone knows me from this board, that's about the ONLY thing I ever say in regards to painting the helmet. The short answer is YES, many people have blackwashed their helmets and Lee and attest to this technique. Personally, I never blackwash with Black but with New Brunswick Green - its darker, but still has that green shade to it after the wash,thereby making the wash a bit more subtle and controllable.
    That is a great tip!

    What brand of paint is the New Brunswick Green?

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    Re: Black wash

    yes I am also interested in doing some extra 'washing' to my armor pieces so they all look like they have the same degree of weathering to them all. I have been looking for a turtorial on here but haven't found one. Is it really just that simple? Paint and windex?

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    yup, just paint and windex or water. I particulary take a paper towel and add water depending on how thick I want it to go on. After the mix hits the surface, I noticed some colors pick up the dark faster than others...For instance, the green for the chest armor really picked up the dark fast so I had to splotch up and soak in the residual color fast so as to not leave droplets on the armor. Conversely, the helmet color doesn't soak it in as fast, so I had some good time on that...just remember to pick up the globs of liquid that form...

    Also, the newbrunswick is from Lee's list..its what you use on the helmet darker green cheeks.

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    Re: Black wash

    Got Maul said:
    yup, just paint and windex or water. I particulary take a paper towel and add water depending on how thick I want it to go on.
    When I try this.....It gets all "streaky" looking
    How do you avoid that?

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    Yes,I absolutely blackwash my Boba parts and many other props. It's a must for a dead on movie accurate Fett paintjob

    Steve

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    Re: Black wash

    psberetta said:
    When I try this.....It gets all "streaky" looking
    How do you avoid that?
    Try not "stroking it on" instead dap it on lightly and make sure you dont have alot of the wash on the brush or paper towel (or whatever your using) Less is more, the thicker the wash on your brush the more noticable it will be. Use small amounts and build it up till you get the desired effect.

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    Tim Allen said:
    Try not "stroking it on" instead dap it on lightly and make sure you dont have alot of the wash on the brush or paper towel (or whatever your using) Less is more, the thicker the wash on your brush the more noticable it will be. Use small amounts and build it up till you get the desired effect.

    Thanks Sir

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    Thanks guys for the help will be adding it to the helmet today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    AL

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    psberetta said:
    Thanks Sir
    No problem, glad to be of service

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    Re: Black wash

    yup, its all DABBING, not stroking. Same with picking up the excess, dab instead of streaking.

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    Re: Black wash

    Thanks for the tips guys. I am pretty clueless about the details of getting the blackwashed look. This helps alot.

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    Thanks guys the method worked a treat. i mixed a dark green and blue grey and turned out a fantastic i used some foam to sponge it on and dab it off before it dried as it was 43 degrees here in melbourne Aust!

    Thanks for all the help this site is trully the best and im glade to see that nothing is a secret around here!! i bow down to you all!:thumbup

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    Re: Black wash

    Hmmm, I never was a friend of the wash technique, so I simply modified the drybrush technique to weather my items. I take a bigger brush with soft hair. Dip it into black just a little, wipe of the color on a towel and the dab it over the area where I want to have it weathered. The plates take the color just a little so I need to go over the same area 2 or 3 times.

    Check my chest to see how it looks like.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=11100

    Its a little less noticable with natural light, the flash brings out the black a little to much. Its basicly just a dust.

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    Re: Black wash

    Not long ago I read about someone using "black ink wash" in their weathering techniques. Also brown ink wash as well. Since then I've been searching for a clear and consice tutorial so I can learn to put the technique to use on my armor. Are these two techniques, black wash and black ink wash basically the same technique? I'd appreciate any advice you'd have on the subject as well as any links to tutorials on weathering our Mando armor etc. Thanks.


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    Re: Black wash

    I always use a black acryllic wash with windex (and dab it on with paper towels). I love the results.

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    Plain old acrylic paint and water works very well, try using a fine mist spray bottle . then use kitchen towel to dab of the excess.

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    I agree with Sheriff Roscoe, I just got done doing the exact same thing but with an air brush and you won't have to use a towel to get up the excess (at least I didn't).

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    Re: Black wash

    I've been kicking around the idea of buying an air brush and a small compressor for projects such as this. So when you spray on the paint/water mix, do you spray it all over the object, or just areas that would normally show worn areas in the finish? How dark do you make the area? Any helpful tips would help me immensely.


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    You can either spray it over the entire area, or you can do it in specific areas. I did it in specific areas when I was doing my gauntlets. It really all depends on how weathered you want it to look when you are deciding how dark to make it. I think it is best to go light because you can always go back and darken it up. Just make sure that you get water mixed into the acrylic, and it is usually best when you get to the bottom of the bottle of the paint to put some water in the bottle and mix it up or else you could get a clog in your airbrush.

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    Re: Black wash

    The best wash for me that i use on just about everything is soapy water mixed with acrylic paint. Simply add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a cup of water and a few drops of black acrylic paint and mix up. U can paint it on and even if it gets "soapy" thats good. It will dry in a soapy pattern, but ill usually use my heat gun or hair dryer to quick dry the "foamy " paint wash. Works great.

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    Thanks alot, you've really helped me a great deal. Another thing was that I wanted to ask about how much paint to add to the water, but that's conveniently already been answered for me here. Well, back to sanding my chest armor and Bondoing (that a word and/or verb? Is now I guess...) some gaps in a new holdout blaster, and maybe get everything primered today. Thanks again, I'd never get anything done on these projects without this and another message board...


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    After testing out the method on spare pieces of plastic, I've found that this technique isn't as hard as I'd expected it to be. Don't get me wrong, from the look of certain buy'ce, it's definitely an art form, but it's alot easier than expected. I reckon I psyched myself out, not wanting to spray black paint over something you work so hard on. I was afraid I'd mess up and have to resand and repaint again...To any beginners like myself, I suggest that you practice on spare pieces of plastic before you move on to doing your armor or buy'ce. Good luck!


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    Re: Black wash

    Personally, I used a 50/50 black/olive drab acryllic mix. I use a paint brush to apply a small amount to the tip of a coffee filter folded into a triangle. Then I dip the corner into a shotglass of water, give it a few good squeezes to dilute the paint a bit, and dab it on. It gives me a very random "dirty" look. Works great with armor too, but I used mainly black on that since it's a darker green.

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