And this is like someone who can't stay inside the lines on a paint-by-numbers, suggesting something to an accomplished artist, but have you ever tried a mild abrasive (cleanser, toothpaste) on a cotton bud (Q Tip in the US) ?
Might be better in the corners, due to conforability--while kinder to the high spots ??
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I have tried a Q tip, but it only puts a shine on, whereas the effect is gained by flatting the surface (getting rid of the minute unevenness) and you need something stiffer to do that. I did make a little tool about 5mm square with 2000 grit wet-and-dry glued to it to help get into the more difficult parts.
I then tend to give the final polish with a kitchen towel (paper) for exactly the reason you suggest - because paper is mildly abrasive, and that brings up the gentle sheen.
I like to use artists water-soluble oil paints for the basic weathering - just applying small dabs on rivet lines etc, then streaking it down with a clean brush, and wiping it off (always vertically) to get the ingrained 'dirt' look.
Last edited on Thu Sep 17th, 2015 08:57 am by Giles