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Old Sep 20, 2012, 04:13 AM
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Litho-Plate Aging, Weathering

Hi

I'm looking for ideas on aging litho-plate (Aluminum sheet).

The plane I'm building is a Hawker Demon.
From looking at photos of a few Hawkers from that era, I notice variations in the color or sheen of the aluminum panels.

How to do this without loosing the natural "look" of the metal.

I've heard of 000 steel-wool used to take off a little shine. Maybe I was too aggressive in testing this technique as the results we unacceptable (to me),
Leaving it scratched up.

I know of "Blackeners" the M-Rail-Road guys use. This seems like a better solution as it leaves no imperfections on the piece.
Q: would vinegar or muriatic acid do the same thing ? (of course rinsing in a base afterwards)

Any Home-Brewed Weathering Solutions out there for Aluminum ?

Thanks.
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