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How to paint steps to look like carpet
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New Hampshire, United States
Joined: June 06, 2002
KitMaker: 1,225 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 08:01 AM UTC
I've asked questions about painting my vignette.
So now I would like to know now my vignette has been painted in the stone colors,I would like to know how do paint steps to look like a carpet is on them?
I was thinking that since the carpet is a red color,I would paint the steps a dark red color but I'm not sure if it's going to look like carpet in 1/35 th scale.
Any suggestions would be of great help.
Thank you.
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United Kingdom
Joined: October 14, 2007
KitMaker: 464 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 08:20 AM UTC
To be honest, simply painting the steps to give the impression of a carpet will probably result in the appearance of red-painted steps! The better option would be to paint a strip of paper or thin cloth in the desired colour, cut it to the required width, and lay it from top to bottom (keeping it flat against the treads and risers. The carpet can be secured either using tiny amounts of PVA white glue or a strip of double-sided tape.
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Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: July 07, 2015
KitMaker: 46 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 09:41 AM UTC
why not use something like this:


(hope something similar would be available in the US?)

kind regards,
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Serbia & Montenegro
Joined: March 11, 2013
KitMaker: 94 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM UTC
Yeah painting weathering the paper is best, and even making some creases or tears can make it that much more realistic.
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Michigan, United States
Joined: January 04, 2017
KitMaker: 128 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 10:09 AM UTC
Model Car Garage carries flocking materiel in various colors that auto modelers use to give carpets and seats texture. It might be an alternative way to go.