Spru & Glu is the monthly newsletter of the Peel Scale Modelers Society Ontario, Canada
Making Plastic Look Like Wood
Whether you are working with individual plastic planks or sheets of clapboarding, you can improve their appearance by making them look more like wood.
Provide an initial roughness by rubbing the boards with the edge of a manicure stick or a strip of wood covered with sandpaper. Do this in the direction of
Next, with a pointed utility knife scribe “wood grain” into the plastic in varying lengths. If you get it too deep and the edges raise up, use a razor blade to remove the excess.
Texture the plastic with an initial
sanding using a manicure stick or 220
sandpaper. Really beat it up by
following with 50-grit sandpaper and
roughen it further with a utility knife
with a sharp point. Use black
Dye-na-flow fabric paint it is available
online. Apply it direct from the bottle.
If it is too dark add a little water to the
paint on the plastic. Allow the paint to
mottle and puddle.
Not really a difficult process but a
little time is involved. You can make
as much or as little rough a wood grain as you want from very slight to really
rotten. The reason for using styrene
for most construction like this is
because it is usually stronger than real
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