View Full Version : A Modder's Chia Pet: Iron Paint and Rust effects.

07-11-2007, 09:10 AM
In my Mini-Rat case mod (http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8879), I've tired out some of this Iron Paint I bought at the hardware store:

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/8406/cameradumptp0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

It allows you to get a rust effect on almost any surface. I used it to make some plexi look like rusted steel. It requires two coats of the paint, half an hour apart, then after an hour you can spray on the Rust Activator.

I'm using the Linux Box (http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8956) for this guide and also as an experiment. It is supposed to keep rusting over time and starts rusting after about an hour. So I'm going to take a few photos over the next few days to see how much it keeps rusting

This is the case I'm using for the test before the paint goes on. The front is all Bondo:


Here's the case with a coat of the Iron Paint. I only did one coat for this experiment, unlike the two coats recommended, just to see what happens.

http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/1316/cameradump014gy1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

After about an hour:
As you can see there is rust forming, but it's fairly light coloured.

http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/6230/cameradump018ja2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

After I took that picture I sprayed on a little more Rust Activator in some dry looking spots and have left it to go. I'll take a few more pictures tonight and then over the next few days.

That should give anyone who would like to use this for a case mod, get an idea on how the rust may end up looking if it doesn't seem right straight away.

So, sit back and instead of watching grass grow on a Chia Pet, I'm watching rust form on a case! :banana:

07-11-2007, 08:35 PM
This is how it looks after leaving it overnight.

http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/570/cameradump019ft5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

07-11-2007, 09:23 PM
That is very, very strange. Very, very cool though. Very nice for an industrial mod. I wonder if I have stuff like that around here... :think:

07-12-2007, 05:05 PM
Does it have to be brushed on or can it be used in an air brush? When I get an air brush I will be looking for this effect, but I dont want to hurt it.

07-12-2007, 08:47 PM
It says it can be sprayed on with a HVLP (high volume low pressure) spray gun and compressor. As for an air brush, I don't know. You do need a reasonable coating for it to work properly.

07-12-2007, 10:57 PM
I took a photo outside so I could do it without the flash. Here's how the rust looks like after two days.

http://img102.imageshack.us/img102/640/cameradump022ic8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

I'll be adding a few more photos to this thread later after I use this stuff some more on other things and show the technique I used and the results.

07-22-2007, 04:13 AM
That looks wicked. Cool stuff. +rep

09-13-2007, 05:59 AM
I've used similar paint for a case:


http://tweakers.net/ext/f/649baf64915037736fe50a1b5a7dd6d9/thumb.jpg (http://tweakers.net/ext/f/649baf64915037736fe50a1b5a7dd6d9/full.jpg)

Great stuff, on metal you don't even need the base coat, since the

09-16-2007, 02:41 AM
Great stuff, on metal you don't even need the base coat, since the

Since the what?!

09-16-2007, 06:34 AM
oops :D

...since the oxidation fluid will oxidate normal metal as well.
(on normal metal salt water/acid should do the same job i guess.