Well Worn Reefers
Railroad equipment rarely looks brand new in real life, so I like to weather my trains to give them that well worn look. In this video, my daughter and I weather a couple of Bachmann Pacific Fruit Express (PFE) Reefers. In real life, the PFE transported fruits and vegetables from California to the east coast, and even though they were painted bright orange they ended up pretty grimy.
We use craft acrylics with makeup sponges, brushes and Q-tips. The key is to start light and continue weathering until it looks right to you.