Monday, May 17, 2010

Corrosion Explosion

I got to experimenting with a few techniques for the old rusty nail, guaranteed tetanus shot look in the garage this weekend. I wanted the props to look more realistic during the daylight, and the black PVC fence was just looking too “tidy” for my taste.

I have this:

And I want this:






So, I dug out some left over plastic finials and started my quest for metal decay!



I’m not going to drag you step by step through the errors I made trying to get this to work. Dixie put up with enough abuse to cover everyone. I’ll spare you guys from the ordeal and skip to the end.


After 3 hours I finally ended up with the fine piece of tetanus on the right:


It doesn’t really take 3hrs to accomplish the look, it just takes me 3hrs of playing around and repainting to figure out what works.

Ok, this is what you’ll need:

  • Orange latex paint
  • Small sea sponge
  • Wood glue
  • 50/50 mixture of dark brown latex paint and water in spray bottle
  • Mahogany wood stain
  • Sand

And this is what you do:

  1. Coat the item liberally with wood glue.
  2. Throw sand onto the item ensuring it sticks to the glue. This will give you the grungy texture we are looking for on the prop.
  3. Let this dry.
  4. Take the sea sponge and randomly dab the orange latex paint over the item.
  5. Spray or drip the 50/50 brown paint mix over the item while the orange paint is still wet.
  6. Allow the two paints to run and mix.
  7. Oh, this gets kind of messy so I hope you read ahead and haven’t just ruined your kitchen table!
  8. Now, drip some of the Mahogany wood stain onto the prop to dirty up the look.
  9. Set aside and let dry.
  10. That’s it!

I’m not sure how well this will hold up outside in the elements, so you might want to seal this with a urethane to be safe.

I’ve read of other people using concrete patch to create their texture, so I ran out last night and bought a small tub of ready mix concrete patch for about $8 at Home Depot. I’ve applied it to a PVC pipe and rolled the pipe in sand but it takes 24 hours to cure, so I’ll update this post later with the progress.

I would love to hear how everyone else dirties up their props. The more techniques I can pick up the better, so chime in and let me know what you do with your haunt.

Now, back to the garage! I have to get columns and a Facade/Mausoleum designed and started.


Dave the Dead said...

Looks great! Another item you can use for texture is oatmeal...mix some instant oatmeal into your glue and apply reandomly, add in your sand texture and let dry. The Oatmeal will give you a heavily rusted and flaking look. (btw, don't worry about sealing the oatmeal is almost like concrete when it dries out.

Unknown said...

Duh! Oatmeal! That was one of the reasons it was taking me so long to get this thing done. I couldn't get that nasty flake look to the piece that I was looking for. Thanks Dave!

Chris 'Frog Queen' Davis said...

Here is our trick courtesy of the crew at Bad Boys Scenic design, we learned it from them at Hauntcon (last year). It is fast easy and weather proof without any finishing. We use it on all the cages and metal looking work in the yard.

Husband and I hate to say this out loud least we be pummeled by stones by the haunt community. But in our yard, this is the only worthwhile use for Great Stuff we have found :D I know, I hear you all gasping! :D


Two people (this goes so much better as a team project)
Great Stuff
red/rust colored spray paint
black spray paint
LOTS of disposable gloves
long sleeved shirt and pants that you don't mind sacrificing
...and I have to thank Dave for the inspiration and final ingredient..oatmeal

Important note: Great stuff sticks to EVERYTHING and is very hard to remove. (It will take off your skin - trust me, I learned the hard way.)

Here is what you do:

One person gets the great stuff, your helper gets a can of both the black and rust colored (red) spray paint.

Spray some Great Stuff into your (gloved) hand.

Then wipe/pat it on the piece you want to age while the other person sprays it with both colors of paint.

Work the paint into the Great Stuff (add a little oatmeal for flaking if you want - thanks Dave) until it is the desired color and texture.

You might have to paint it a little more when it is done to get the desired finish.

The Great stuff leaves a naturally bubbly finish that looks like rusting iron. I think I have pictures of the gate they did from their class, if I can find it I will send it your way so you can see how great it looks.



kimily said...

This is awesome!! I have a product that I 'was' buying at Michaels that has a rusting affect. It's a two part system, one part being iron paint and the other being a rusting solution. The stuff is friggin expensive for a small 2oz bottle of each. It's $12 bucks, for the set, and doesn't go far. I have always wanted a home made concoction for rusting and knew about Dave's Oatmeal (from a Cauldron re-do he did) and read about sand as well. I just never stopped long enough to put them all together. Thanks for the slap in the head!! Heh! Now I must go blog about it...

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, and loving the oatmeal/sand addition as well.....great stuff is great stuff.....thanks shippy for a great blog post.



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