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"Silicone" water.


There are different ways to model water on the layout.

Although Faller sells model kits, like a fountain and a water mill that use real water, I don't recommend using real water to model streams, ponds or lakes and rivers.

In this article I show how I imitate water with the use of silicone caulk and gloss clear cote.

To model the waves I am using a clear silicone caulk  that is spread out over a in water color painted surface. After the silicone has hardened and able to be painted, I apply 3 coats of a high gloss clear coat, to get the "wet" water effect.

The water color, depends on what you are modeling. A stream, pond or river each has there own unique color. The color depends on how deep and clean, or dirty, the water is.

Also the reflection from the surrounding nature has an affect on the color.

I am making a video clip which shows how to apply EZ water.

To view this video clip you need Real player or Windows media player to be installed on your computer. Click here to download the free Real player. Click here to download the free Windows media player.

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How to apply "Silicone" model water.

Runtime: 2.27 minutes.

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Windows media player 5.4 MB
Windows media player high 20.4 MB

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The supplies needed for the water.

A spray can flat paint in the main water color, a tube of clear silicone caulk and a can of gloss clear cote.

First I make the bottom ready, which can be seen in my swing bridge article.

I spray paint the bottom in the color of the water, and with darker paint I imitate deeper locations, and use lighter colors to imitate undeep spots, usually near the banks.

The waves are brushed on with the silicone caulk.

After applying the silicone it has to dry. This takes about half an hour, but after 48 hours is hardened, and can be painted. Instead of paint I apply the gloss clear cote.
The gloss clear cote appear white in color but will dry crystal clear.
The gloss clear cote is brushed on the silicone and in all small corner where the water flows.
It looks white for a while, but ones it has dried it looks shiny "wet".
The result after 3 coats of gloss clear coat.
For the complete river view I recommend my swing bridge article.


This page is last updated on 15 July 2012

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