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Painting Wood Grain - Not typical grain pattern - Burl Wood

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Does anyone have an idea(s) for painting wood grain as it appears in this picture from a Ford Econoline's interior?

It's not the typical wood grain that can be painted with brush lines showing.

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Looks like a burl pattern.

You might be able to replicate it by masking, painting a light base color, daubing a few darker complimentary colors over the base color, and then clear coating it.

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I realize the topic title refers to painting, but would a decal be an acceptable substitute?

Image result for burled wood

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Thanks Greg!

I's still like to get some more opinions and possibly see some pictures of what others have painted.

Raymond - It's such a small area, I'm not sure a decal will work.

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What I do is put a wet coat of Testors "wood" on the area and then dab it with dark brown on a small brush while still wet. Takes a bit of practice but you can pull off a pretty good "burlwood" pattern this way. 

Also, a coat of Tamiya clear yellow after it's dry adds a varnished look to it.

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Like Steve said. get a pack of those foam-tipped cleaning swabs

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just dab the paint on in irregular patterns, let it dry, buff it down to remove any possible high spots and seal the whole mess with gloss clear.

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3 hours ago, Can-Con said:

What I do is put a wet coat of Testors "wood" on the area and then dab it with dark brown on a small brush while still wet. Takes a bit of practice but you can pull off a pretty good "burlwood" pattern this way. 

Also, a coat of Tamiya clear yellow after it's dry adds a varnished look to it.

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Your burlwood pattern came out perfect!

Leave the first lighter color wet while dabbing the dark brown color?

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2 hours ago, crowe-t said:

 

Leave the first lighter color wet while dabbing the dark brown color?

Yup, exactly.  Just work in small areas at a time and keep them wet.

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2 hours ago, Can-Con said:

Yup, exactly.  Just work in small areas at a time and keep them wet.

The problem is I'm using acrylics and they dry very fast.

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Which acrylics?

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1 hour ago, SfanGoch said:

Which acrylics?

I have Tamiya acylic and Testors Acrylic(Acryl) paints.

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Testors Acryl paints have a slower drying time compared to Tamiya. You can brush on a fairly heavy coat of MM 4763 Wood for the base. Then, dab a dark brown over the Wood with a fine brush in a random swirling pattern. You can even dab some thinned black to impart a fancy-schmancy Black Forest Walnut burl look

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As Steve indicated, overcoat with clear yellow or clear orange. Or, just clearcoat with acrylic gloss or even Pledge whateverthehellitscallednow.

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54 minutes ago, SfanGoch said:

Testors Acryl paints have a slower drying time compared to Tamiya. You can brush on a fairly heavy coat of MM 4763 Wood for the base. Then, dab a dark brown over the Wood with a fine brush in a random swirling pattern. You can even dab some thinned black to impart a fancy-schmancy Black Forest Walnut burl look

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As Steve indicated, overcoat with clear yellow or clear orange. Or, just clearcoat with acrylic gloss or even Pledge whateverthehellitscallednow.

You're right about the Testors acrylic paint drying slower.  I'll use that instead of the Tamiya.

Does the Testors Wood base coat have to stay wet while dabbing on the dark brown?

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Yes. This allows the dark brown that you'll dab on to blend with the wood base color, creating the burled look. It's fairly easy to do. No prior experience necessary. :D

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Dann Tier did some burl wood in his Reengineered Lotus Esprit thread.   Check there too.   About hte same process as indicated above.  

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1 hour ago, randyc said:

Dann Tier did some burl wood in his Reengineered Lotus Esprit thread.   Check there too.   About hte same process as indicated above.  

Dann Tire's technique involves dry brushing.  I already have those colors he used so I think I'll give that a try first.

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