Dirty Down - Water Soluble Paint - Moss Effect - 250ml Pot
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    Dirty Down - Water Soluble Paint - Moss Effect - 250ml Pot

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    The dark coloured liquid dries to a high matt moss colour in 1 to 5 minutes depending on the temperature. Apply moss paint by brush or airbrush/sprayer. Moss effect paint looks best when applied to rough, textured surfaces. We used to sell this product under the brand name “Modelmates” Moss Effect – its the same product but now with Dirty Down on the label.

    Download instructions on Rust Paint page – moss and rust paint are applied in the same way.

    Usage Instructions:

    • The pot and surface should be at room temperature or warmer before use. The moss colour may not appear if the pot and/or the surface are very cold.
    • The mixture will settle on the bottom of the pot. It’s very important to thoroughly shake the pot with the ball bearings rattling before each and every use. Thoroughly stir the mixture and ensure that solids on the bottom of the pot are fully mixed into the liquid. Repeat stirring and shaking until all lumps have gone. It’s much better to shake and stir moss paint when the pot is at room temperature or warmer. If the pot is cold it may not be possible to fully mix any solids into the liquid.
    • Use moss paint straight from the pot. Replace the lid quickly during use to prevent the liquid from evaporating or decant what you need to use for a job into a separate smaller pot/container with a lid.
    • Do not add water into the paint pot – this may prevent the colour from forming.
    • Ensure surfaces are clean, dry and grease freeTest the paint on hidden surfaces before use to ensure compatibility and adhesion.
    • Only apply to non-porous surfaces such as plastic and metal. Do not apply to porous/absorbent surfaces such as bare timber or paper. Moss paint can be applied to painted surfaces, but test first. If the effect does not form, try first sealing the surface with varnish.
    • Moss paint is water soluble and the effects of painting will be lost by washing in water or by getting wet, but there may still be staining. Do not expose moss paint to rain or splashing with water.
    • Moss paint looks best when applied to a rough surface.
    • To fill dents and grooves in surfaces, first cover the surface with moss paint, and then wipe the paint off the raised areas with a damp cloth (at an angle to the grooves), leaving some of the paint trapped. The wetter the cloth, the more paint removed.
    • When fully dry, moss paint can be made more permanent by spraying with fine/mist coats of acrylic varnish/lacquer. Test varnish first because types of varnish change the colour/shade of the paint.
    • When dry, avoid scuffing/scratching the finished paintwork.

    For the best results it’s best to practise different techniques listed below before final use.

    • To darken the shade apply more coats. Allow each coat to fully dry before applying another. Any number of coats of moss paint can be applied over the top of each other. For a broken, patchy effect apply to small areas/patches at a time and allow to dry – more in some areas, less in others.
    • The shade will vary depending on the quantity applied. A thick coat of paint will dry a darker shade, and a thin coat of paint will dry a lighter shade.
    • Further variations in shade can be created by dabbing a damp or wet brush, cloth or tissue onto the painted surface and then leaving to dry. As the water dries, the dye in the paint separates into shades of light and dark moss. The more water used, the greater the effect. This technique can be used after the paint has dried or while it is still wet. Another option is to simply splash water onto the moss paint and leave to dry – without dabbing.
    • For a very dark shade, decant a small amount into a separate pot and allow the paint to evaporate. The more the paint evaporates, the thicker and darker the paint gets (may not be possible to spray if too thick).

    Brush Application

    • Dip the brush and immediately apply to the surface. For a patchy effect dab the paint onto a surface and keep dabbing in the same place until the paint dries. Any number of coats can be applied in this way. For a more even effect paint an even coat onto a surface.
    • A different moss effect is obtained depending on whether a soft or stiff brush used to apply the paint.
      • Fine Soft Brush: For very detailed work. Apply a small amount to the brush and apply directly to the surface.
      • Larger Soft Brush: For apply larger amounts to larger areas. For a darker shade apply larger quantities and for lighter shades apply smaller quantities.
      • Stiff Brush: Very light shades can be obtained by dabbing a very small quantity of moss paint onto a surface using a stiff brush. Allow moss paint to dry slightly on the brush for a very light effect, similar to the “dry brushing” painting technique.
    • Always clean the brush in water straight after use. Do not let moss paint fully harden onto brush. If for any reason moss paint has dried onto a brush, soak the brush in methylated spirits to fully clean, (but check first that this will not damage the brush).

    Cloth/Tissue Application

    • Pour on a cloth or tissue and dab onto a surface and keep dabbing in the same place until the paint dries.
    • For a light shade apply a small amount at a time. For a darker shade apply a larger quantity.

     Spray Application

    • Spray moss paint onto a surface straight from the pot using an air brush or pressure pot spray gun. Clean air brush immediately after use.

    Moss Effect is water soluble. Moss Effect can be wiped off surfaces in two ways (even when fully dry):

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