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How to make rust

December 10, 2010

by Iggy Perez

One important part of junk model cars is the rust. I use three different techniques for the different kinds of rust and weathering effects you may find on real junk cars. One of them is based on real rust powder that I make by myself.  You can use this rust to make the car look dusty and dirty, or apply it on areas where rust has to be strong and clearly present. You may also use it for some junkyard diorama elements too.

I made a short PDF Ebook on how to make rust that I share for free with subscribers of our newsletter. Feel free to sign up and you will get the ebook right away!

How to make rust

Let the rusting begin!

john December 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

hey Iggy, thank you, it’s an easy but effective recipe!

Iggy January 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Hey John!

Happy to hear that you could use it!


Bruce Wilkinson July 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hey Iggy, I would love to a copy of your rusting ideas. I joined a while back and never received the e-book. please help. If I need to pay let me know how much.
thank you, Bruce

Iggy July 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I’ve just send you an email! Have fun!


Dmitriy June 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Hey Iggy!
I’m a 27 years stage modeller, but in a”Rat rods” buisness i” ind a new.
It’s a great idea( making rust), can iget a copy of you”Rust home made” PDF Ebook?
Best regards!

Iggy June 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Hey Dimitri,

sure you can get the PDF, it is for free! All you need to do is to enter your email adress and name on this page (upper / right part of the page) and click on “send me the free ebook Rust”. Just a little while later you will have the ebook in your inbox.

Have fun!


dusin cabisca September 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

i just started doing junk model cars and im having trouble with the rusting system i have its called rust all

Iggy September 12, 2011 at 7:19 am

Hey Dustin,

I haven’t used “Rust all”, although I know it. I use three kinds of rust to make junk model cars. One is my home made rust powder. Another one is a rust paint made by Sophisticated Finished (

What kind of problem do you exactly have with “rust all”? Feel free to share – maybe I can help you to make it work.


dustin cabisca September 12, 2011 at 5:20 am

i want to learn more about rusting model cars

Jacob February 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Dear Iggy.
I was wondering if you can How To books for building cities. Also I am hoping you are still building and if so, will you also start projects with cities?
PS: Great Work!

Iggy February 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hey Jacob,

building a city is kind of an ambitious project. We are indeed thinking of many other buildings to write tutorials about. For instance, the Texaco Gas Station. Stuff like the Colony Hotel (Art Deco style) could be interesting too. I guess smaller scales like 1/32 may be more suitable for building entire cities (if not smaller, like 1/48).

Thanks for the comment!


ariel June 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm
Iggy June 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Hola Ariel,

Muchas gracias por tu comentario y por los links!! Me encantó la Ford 4×4!!

Muchos saludos a los modelistas de San Juan,


Bruce November 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Hi. I get the email, but as yet haven’t been able to get your How to make Rust yet. How do I do that?

Bob Burke May 2, 2013 at 2:02 am

Hi Guys, I’m really an experienced model builder that’s always looking for new methods and techniques to enhance the realism of my models! I particularly liked your tutorial on making rust. I’m making some now as I write this,but did’nt catch the part on how to apply the finished product to the model itself.

Iggy May 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hey Bob,

you can apply it in many different ways: you may just use it dry to make the model dirty, or apply it with a wet tissue. Otherwise, you may also apply it on wet paint to make it look more rough.


Austin July 18, 2013 at 5:18 am

Hey Iggy, I really like your ideas for making the rust, but I don’t get how to apply it and keep it on…. I already subscribed and I like the realistic cars you can make. Is there any way you could send a link to your book Underhaulin’ How to make junk model cars?

Iggy July 31, 2013 at 7:28 am

Hey Austin,

thanks for the comment! You can apply the powder on wet paint or with a wet cotton swab. It is very easy! You can find our books, including Underhaulin both as digital ebooks or printed books here:

Have fun!


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