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Years ago I used a set of pastels for weathering. They worked ok and many of the cars I used them on are still in the fleet, but PanPastels have looked very interesting and all of the work I’ve seen that used them looked pretty good. I decided to jump in and give them a try. My early takeaway is that it’s a great technique and really easy to do while doing other things since you don’t have to do things like clean paint brushes between colors.

I picked up two fundamental sets at MB Klein:

These kits include all of the colors you’ll probably want or need for weathering pretty much anything.

The kits also come with some applicators, but I’ve been using a paint brush.

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You can also see the other important tool in this process: something to catch the residue from brushing them on. There’s quite a bit of that and a manilla folder makes a good work surface to catch it and deal with it.

My technique is to use the brush, pickup some pastels on it, and then either dab or brush them on.

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Here are some of my early results.

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