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Parts and Peeling Paint

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 by in Techniques |

The first step, after drooling while looking at the box picture, is to unload the box and make sure that all of the parts are inside. Here is a picture of the contents of Fryxell Feed & Seed:

After verifying that all the pieces are accounted for, identify each of the pieces.  Carefully cut out the window and door openings – I found that multiple light cuts with an x-acto knife worked the best for me (an attempt with a small wood chisel led to splitting, the knife did not).  I used one of the window frames to verify the opening size and used a jeweler’s file to make adjustments as needed.

Once all of the window and door openings were cut out, I primed the walls inside and out.  After allowing time for the primer to dry I then brushed on a couple of splotches of rubber cement on each wall (outside only).  Make sure to get the cement on the areas that would be natural for peeling paint on a building, usining pictures of real buildings to help with locations.  After the cement has dried (I waited overnight, but an hour would most likely be enough) I painted the walls with the final color, using as many coats as needed.  You can see the cement from the shiny spots in the picture:The final step, after the topcoat has completely dried, is to use tape and stick it to the patches of rubber cement.  Pealing the tape off will take the outer layer with it creating the desired effect (repeat as needed for the desired effect).  I used blue painter’s tape, but have heard of people using duct tape.