Weathered Scale Accessories
Pro-line’s back-half cage is set up to hold some scale accessories, so I threw some in to make my truck look more authentic. Scale accessories, like the ones from Pro-line, look realistic, but they look a little too new out of the box. I took a little time to weather them to give them that “used” look.
I used silver enamel paint to give the parts a worn look of bare metal showing through the paint. Don’t dip your brush in the paint and just slather it on; it takes a little more work than that to get it right. After dipping the brush into the paint, wipe it off on a paper towel until most of the paint has come off. Lightly run the brush over your parts, leaving just a trace of paint behind. On the lift, I focused on the areas that would see wear on a full-size lift, such as the bottom and rail. The shovel and pry bar received some paint on the ends that do all the work. The high-lift jack has a lot of nooks and crannies, and that’s perfect for a black wash, which gives the part some depth to look more realistic. You can make a black wash by taking some thinner and a small amount of enamel paint (about a 30-to-1 ratio will work) and use that as your wash, or you can buy it in some hobby shops. Once you have the black wash, dip a small brush in it, and use your brush to spread it lightly all over the jack. Stop when you’re happy with the look.