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I'm sure this is a topic covered ad nauseam, however I would like to get recommendations on weathering wooden structures after they've already been painted.

So far I have 3 wooden structures on my 1830's layout which are currently incomplete, one of the details remaining is weathering. I want the impression of a bustling town with lots of civic pride so I only want to weather these structures very moderately (maintained appearance, but still obviously exposed to elements and air). Any techniques I can apply for these already painted buildings?

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First of all, tone down the bright white roofs. If they are supposed to be tin, then a silvery gray is the right color. Add some streaks of rust by dry-brushing (in the direction water would run off the roof. Tar paper can be simulated by using black construction paper; strips of 400 grit air-dry sandpaper (the black kind) can be made into convincing asphalt shingles. Dry brush some areas of lighter gray onto those types of materials.

Secondly, apply a bit of fading to the paint by using an airbrush and applying a very light mist of gray or white paint with an airbrush. Use a black wash to simulate soot stains over the engine house doors, and use the same to simulate grime running down from the corners of windows and the eaves of the roof. Using a drybrush, paint some patches on the wall a slightly lighter or darker shade. If one side of the building is shady and damp, some green to indicate algae growth on the walls is a good effect.

Overall, though, your best results will be obtained by finding a picture of how you want the building to look and work to duplicate that.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. The roofs were white as I hadn't decided on a type of shingle at the time the photos were taken. I make all make scratch builds with card board frames, hence the color!

I ended up discovering a neat technique in a modeling scenery book, simply diluting black acrylic paint with water! I took that mix and lightly brushed this onto the sides and roofs of my structures with the desired "light weathered" results.

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(station still under construction!)

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