TIPS & TRICKS
I have a way to age this material further that you can do at home. You are in control and it is fun to try various "looks" to the age of the Poly. The good news is that it doesn't damage the item and is completely removable if the results aren't to your liking. All it takes is some paper towels and a small amount of Ochre, yellow/brown or Golden color acrylic water based paint, available at any Wall Mart store in the crafts section. After final sanding and before any wax etc is applied to the item, place a drop or two of the color on a folded paper towel. Gently rub the color over the face of the item. (The longer the paint sits on the surface the darker it will be in the final stages, a little is best, you can always add more). Buff away the excess with another folded towel. Want some streaks??? OK, just add a tiny drop of brown to a small amount of your base color but don’t stir it in. Apply the mix to a Q-Tip and streak away. When you are happy with the look, "Burnish" (rub the surface quickly and with some pressure) with another folded paper towel. Sit back and admire your creation. Not good enough?? OK, sand it off with some 3M 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper, used wet, available in any DIY store and start again. Once you are satisfied with the coloration, and have painted all the details of your creation, a thick coat or two of a good quality paste wax will protect the finish. The wax can be applied with another folded paper towel and the last coat "burnished" for a very nice gloss.
This Poly responds well to being glued using many different forms of adhesive. Some methods I have used are: Hobby grade CA Glue, Gorilla glue, Quick Set Epoxy and Contact cement.
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