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| Once you know the trick, you can get a weathered wood look on styrene just as easily as with wood. Knowing the trick is the key, but once you know how, styrene's not any harder to finish than wood. |
In fact, I now prefer making styrene look like wood over messing with real wood because I have more control in the final "look". I often can't completely control how the wood is going to take the stain, and often cement spots on the wood don't take the stain the same -- which can be almost impossible to finish properly without just painting over the entire structure and starting over.
Styrene takes the paint and stain the same all over cement or not. And for painted structures that have been kept up, wood or styrene looks the same once you put a good coat of paint on it.
So what's the expert secret? If you need a weathered wood look, rough up the styrene lightly with 200 grit sandpaper (sand only in the direction of the wood grain) and paint the styrene a buff raw wood color, then let that paint dry for a couple of days first.
Now you can paint a thin weathering color stain coat onto the styrene. Paint it "with the grain" and let it streak to form grain-like lines. Anything that shows through will look like wood because it's been painted a wood color. The stain will settle into the grain lines made with the sandpaper and darken them naturally.
[ Edited Thu Jan 04 2007, 01:46PM ]
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