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India ink staining?
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:38:07 PM »
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I picked up an Intermountain PRR outside braced gon with the laser cut wood inserts. I want to make the wood look like it's seen its fair share of weather.
I have a bottle of speedball India ink, but only ever used it on a MT resin load.

How do I use it so that it doesn't make the wood black and doesn't obscure the lasered on details?


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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 05:45:33 PM »
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Mix it with alcohol, test it. If it's too dark add more alcohol.

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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2014, 05:49:01 PM »
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What do I test it on? I added alcohol to some ink last time I used it, and it didn't seem to change the color at all. Didn't seem to thin out is what I'm saying.
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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2014, 06:13:26 PM »
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I use a an empty, cleaned out paint bottle. Fill with alcohol and add a few drops (2-3) of ink to that. Test or practice on some scrap balsa. Start with a thin wash, you can always add more ink or just apply a few coats.

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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2014, 06:44:44 PM »
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Yeah you probably had too much ink the first time.

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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 06:45:55 PM »
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I really like this product:

http://www.micromark.com/age-it-easy-gray-3-1and2-fl-oz,7567.html

It will give you the silvery-grey color that the ink won't.  One coat is very light, so you'll probably use 3 or so coats.

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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2014, 07:00:00 PM »
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The classic India ink to alcohol ration is 1 tablespoon ink to 1 pint alcohol shake well.
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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2014, 07:29:30 PM »
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The classic India ink to alcohol ration is 1 tablespoon ink to 1 pint alcohol shake well.


Hmm... I prefer to stir
mine...


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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2014, 07:49:38 PM »
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Make sure you use water soluble India Ink.
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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2014, 01:57:29 PM »
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One drop of india ink goes a long way.  I always go light, and will add more layers of it down if it needs to darken up.

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Re: India ink staining?
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2014, 03:36:09 PM »
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Rule of thumb when mixing stains: add the ink to the alcohol, a drop or so at a time, not the other way around.