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Arctic Sea Weathering Oil
Arctic Sea Weathering Oil
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

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Last year Wilder launched a new line of oil paints: Weathering Oils, Matte Fast Drying Paints. This review looks at LS39, Arctic Sea.

For many modelers, oil paints are firmly established as a preferred weathering medium. But they can take forever to dry, require solvents that can attack model paints, and usually dry with at least a semi-gloss finish.

Weathering Oils Matte Fast Drying Oils
Adam Wilder is well known in the weathering and finishing realm of modeling. His Weathering Oils are formulated to dry faster than traditional artist oils and also dry to a matte sheen. Wilder uses a tube that is supposed to retain its shape after being squeezed. Traditional oil tubes stay squished and malformed. The tubes also have tips that are smaller and pointier than artist oils, affording more control to the modeler.

This review demonstrates LS39, Arctic Sea. Let's see how it performs.

Wilder's smaller tube tip is sealed with foil that is easy to peel off. The nozzle is smaller than artist oils and thus allows one to squeeze out a smaller amount. Wilder recommends applying the working oil onto a paper towel or other absorbent item to suck even more base from the medium. That will help it to dry even faster.

I used a broad oil brush to apply the paint to well cured enamel paint on a factory painted hopper, and upon cured acrylic on a metal boiler. This oil paint brushed nicely and stayed where I put it, clinging well to the painted surfaces. I also used an old acrylic brush to work the fresh oil into the surfaces, as well as remove some heavier buildups.

After drying about 24 hours Wilder Weathering Oils did dry matte and I could handle it without any coming off onto me fingers.

I did apply this color over acrylics. It looks great.

Once again I enjoyed using Wilder Weathering Oils. Indeed, the tubes are easier to use than the oils I still have from my days as an illustrator. The pigments and carrier of these retain the rich qualities of oil paint. This color dried faster and to-the-touch overnight. It did dry to a matte finish.

Wilder Weathering Oils are easy to use. If you are looking for something to dry to-the-touch overnight or sooner, this color did so for me, although not all of the ones I have demonstrated dried overnight. (Operator error?) Applied to a factory model and one I painted with acrylic, it did dry enough to handle after 24 hours.

I have no meaningful complaint about this new weathering product. I look forward to using them more, and happily recommend them.

Please remember to tell vendors and retailers that you saw these oils here - on RailRoad Modeling.
Highs: The tubes are sturdy and the pigments and carrier of these retain the rich qualities of oil paint. They do seem to dry faster and definitely dry matte.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: I am very pleased with these new Weathering Oils and look forward to using them more.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: LS39
  Suggested Retail: $4.00, 3.25
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 07, 2017

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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