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 Posted: Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 03:29 pm
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Tom Harbin


Joined: Sat Sep 1st, 2018
Location: Arizona USA
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Hi Kevin,

I didn't do anything fancy with the tar paper. I just used wood glue.
I don't remember whether I used Ailene's or Elmer's Carpenters but either one would work.
I just applied a very thin coat on the building and smoothed it with the side of a toothpick.
The key is to keep it thin and then smooth it. Then I let it start to set up.
Kind of a contact cement tackiness and applied the tar paper.
It will stick pretty much like it would with contact cement but be a little more forgiving of mistakes.
Biggest thing with tar paper, I think, is sanding it thin enough before applying it.

The neutral gray is actually a Pan Pastel neutral gray applied over a Hunterline driftwood stain.
You can vary the color by how dark the stain is.
I just brushed the driftwood on so it was a light to medium stain.
Pan Pastels can work very well and you can "kind-of" erase mistakes.
They are a little expensive (you can find them for between 5 and 8 dollars each) but they last forever.

The floors were stained with Copic ink markers.
Mainly I used a W4 marker but used a W5 and a W3 in a few spots.
I also used a W5 or a W6 where I wanted a little more emphasis.
The back walls of the meat market are also stained with the Copic markers,
but the battens are all driftwood stain.

Good luck and don't forget to show us your building. If your other work is any indication, I'm quite sure I will be asking you advice on how you did your tar papaer. Your layout is just superb. I really like your trestles. Well, and everything else.


Last edited on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 05:43 pm by Tom Harbin

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