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How to paint steel blades
Biggles2
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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 05:13 AM UTC
How do you paint polished steel blades (knives and swords) using acrylic paint on plastic or resin figures. I use Valejo and Citadel acrylic steel color paint, but the blade just looks like a steel, or silver, painted item - I'm looking for a simulated polished steel surface with light reflection. Any techniques?
Kevlar06
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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 08:00 AM UTC
To get steel, I mix 60:40 Gloss silver or chrome paint with Gloss dark gray paint, then dry brush highlights with bright silver or chrome. The Gray "smooths" the highly pigmented silver paint found in acrylics. It works best for lacquers and enamels, but will also work with acrylic paints. You can vary the effects by mixing your silvers with various grey, white and brown tints of paint, to get the paint color you're after. My favorite silver paint is 50:50 square bottle Testor's enamel silver to mid gray paint (all Gloss). Mixed and airbrushed it will render a beautiful silver painted look.
VR, Russ
Biggles2
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 05:42 PM UTC
I've just tried Molotow chrome pens. Car modelers use them for touching up and painting chrome bits. Looks a bit better than silver or steel paint.


SteelEagle
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Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 02:41 PM UTC
Russ,
I tried your Testors mix tonite and I have to say I really like it. I mixed the bright silver with med gray flat 1 to 1. The finish looks like a blade that has been continually sharpened on an old flat sharpening stone. A slightly dull but even metallic finish. I highlighted the edge with silver for a mean sharp look and I really like it. Thanks for the tip!!!!!
Gary
Kevlar06
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Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 04:16 PM UTC

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Russ,
I tried your Testors mix tonite and I have to say I really like it. I mixed the bright silver with med gray flat 1 to 1. The finish looks like a blade that has been continually sharpened on an old flat sharpening stone. A slightly dull but even metallic finish. I highlighted the edge with silver for a mean sharp look and I really like it. Thanks for the tip!!!!!
Gary



Gary,
Glad you liked the tip. Iíve also been experimenting with Vallejo Model Color a bit lately. I really like their Brass and Copper colors, if you need to paint details like buttons, buckles or artillery hand wheels, barrels, etc. if you want to simulate smooth gray paint, mix a little Testors silver into flat gray enamel paint. Itíll give you yet another type of finish to experiment with.
VR, Russ
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 10:55 PM UTC
I know it isn't acrylics, but AK-interactives true metal(Wax like paint) or Humbrol's polished steel enamel, can give some great results. The Humbrol can be brush painted. It dries flat, but can be polished to a very realistic finish.