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Review of Scenic Rust by Deluxe Materials

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Real rust on the door of a wooden dolls house woodstove, created with Deluxe Materials Scenic Rust.

Real rust created on the wooden door of a dolls house woodstove using Scenic Rust by Deluxe Materials

Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

The Bottom Line

Deluxe Materials Scenic Rust produces a coating of rust on any paintable surface, wood, plastic, or metal, in under 8 hours. The three part system mixes fine iron filings with a thin glue like carrier to position the metal on the item you wish to have a rusted appearance. When this layer is dry, a developer is used to encourage the metal filings to rust. The effect is best used on larger surfaces. The initial metal coating is not easy to apply precisely. General rust effects are easily created, but specific areas of rust on a model are a bit trickier to achieve.

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  • Actual rust in very fine scale.
  • Easy to apply to any paintable surface
  • Mimics the pitted effect of real rust
  • Easy application over large areas.


  • This is real rusted metal, on some miniatures, paint effects are preferred.
  • Oxidation is very fresh, so most rust is a bright orange color.


  • Real metal in a very fine powder produces real rust on scale models. Wood and plastic models can have realistic rust.
  • Model should be painted with a paint coat first, as the rust sits on top and the underlayer may show through.
  • The metal powder is fine enough that a very thin rust layer can be achieved.
  • All the oxidization all happens at the same time, so the layers of color in old rust do not appear.

Guide Review - Review of Scenic Rust by Deluxe Materials

Deluxe Materials Scenic Rust produces a coating of real rust on any paintable surface, wood, plastic, or metal. The rust base is a very fine powder, so the effect is good for scale railroads or scenery, and excellent for larger scale models. As this coating is painted on, you can use the rust on any surface, wooden, resin or plastic miniatures can be made to look as if they are made from rusting metal.

The metal powder can be mixed with the carrier, or the carrier can be applied to areas of the model (bolt heads, seam lines) and the powder set into it. This technique is more precise than trying to brush the metal/carrier mix onto fine detailed areas. Once the metal powder and carrier are dry and firmly attached, you apply a thin liquid developer to oxidize the metal creating the rust effect. It can take up to eight hours for this to appear.

The difference between using Scenic Rust and a paint effect, is that this is real rust, with the pitted, uneven effect that is hard to mimic with paint. The only downside is that your piece is coated with real rust, which does come off if handled - unlike paint effects. Another difference is that real rust changes color over time as it oxidizes. Scenic rust, because you oxidise everything at one time, creates rust which is even in color. You may want to apply some scenic rust a few months after the first application, to try to mimic the varying colors of a rusted building. Of course, if you need to seal the rust effect, you will affect any further oxidation or color change.

Deluxe Scenic Materials (based in the UK)are available in North American. The Canadian distributor is Ontario Adhesives and the products are available through several online stores.

Deluxe materials have an illustrated hints page with several pdf pages explaining how to use this product to create rust effects on scale railroad stock

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