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    The haunt I work for is in the middle of some major renovations, one of which includes paint two rooms in colors one rarely sees in a haunt...pink and golden yellow. There is a reason behind why, trust me. My question is, once the paint is up all fresh and pretty, how can I age it to make it look like it has been there 100+ years? I need it fresh at first for some pictures we need to take of our family in there for "historical" purposes, and after that it needs to look old. Any thoughts?
     

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    Apply layers of paint washes using deck sprayers.
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    The usual technique is to first physically distress the walls then use crackle glazes in spots to give the appearance of peeling paint. Apply washes and glazes over the walls to "dirty down" the color. For a deserted look, add cobwebs to the corners and dust the webs with Fullers earth. For a more permanent dustty look, lightly spray with white or gray flat spray paint. To dull down shiny items, spray with Kryolan Matte Finish spray paint.
     

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    In case you are wondering, washes are just spraying a really watered down paint mixture over your existing painted surface. Try to use an opposing color to mute the rather bright colors you are using. Dark brown and black give nice moldy looks when applied as a wash. As always, test on a small area first. I've seen people repaint an entire room because they didnt like the end result after a wash dried.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damon_M View Post
    I've seen people repaint an entire room because they didnt like the end result after a wash dried.
    Been there, done that!
    Kevin
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    You guys, got any tips on making a roof look old,
    we just built a new building with a steel roof, need to make it look rusty and
    old. our theme is an old 1880 ghost town.
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    What is fullers earth exactly? Is it or does Oak Island sell something like this. To give the appearance of dust on furniture.? Just wondering never heard of it called that.
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    For a roof, thats a tough one. Our location is so old, we have to do an average of 1 major roof repair a year. So anytime I have a new roof, I leave it as is and stay off it.
    As its a steel roof though, you could just send someone up there with some cans of spray paint.

    Fullers earth, no idea if its related to diatomaceous earth, but I've used the second one a bit. Its just the white powdery mix that you put into pool filters. I dont know how well it would work in a humid/wet environment though, as it absorbs moisture extremely well. If all else fails, could grab some talcom power from a baby store and use that for creating "dust" in spots.
     

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    Fullers earth is a powdered clay. One of its uses is to create "dust" on theatre and film sets. It can be found at most theatrical suppliers.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by damon carson View Post
    What is fullers earth exactly? Is it or does Oak Island sell something like this. To give the appearance of dust on furniture.? Just wondering never heard of it called that.
    Damon
    Fuller Earth can be used to age costumes and sets. It is usually composed of bentonite and looks like dust. It is sterile and safer to use that real dust or dirt.

    I use a product that is similar to fuller's earth and is meant to be used the same way. It is made of talc and pigment. I use it on costumes, furniture and actors.

    http://www.wardrobesupplies.com/stor...er_mwspow.html
    http://www.wardrobesupplies.com/stor...er_mwspou.html
    http://www.wardrobesupplies.com/stor...chmerepow.html
    http://www.wardrobesupplies.com/stor...chmerepou.html
    Last edited by MindWerxKMG; 05-21-2008 at 12:48 PM.
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