It's been irking me having the rings unpainted on the Devilfish's Gun Drones . After using the model in a game two nights ago, I finally decided to get that done today. With that done, I couldn't resist working on some more of the metallics, and then that led to finally taking that brave step towards trying some weathering techniques.
It's funny, I know I've had this model on pause for a while, but today I tried to remember when I last worked on it -- Christmastime! That's a half year. Amazing how the time flies by.
I wanted to see how the second half of the hairspray technique would work. I applied alcohol to the areas where I wanted to scratch and rub. I was surprised how fast and thoroughly the alcohol works. If I hadn't been careful, I would have been able to wipe away the entire paint-job just using the brush that I used to apply the alcohol!
Now that said, the alcohol penetrated the first layer of white paint. It really didn't penetrate the camouflage layers of paint. I had to finally resort to using a metal tool to scratch down to the hairspray layer (which I ended up doing on only two spots on the nose). I'm thinking the camouflage layer is tougher because the gray-blue paint was a Testor's spray-paint. It might have been enamel. I suspect that's what makes the difference. If anyone knows, please comment!