HOW-TO PAINT YOUR TILES
IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT
Paint and detail your tiles using affordable and easy to PAINTING YOUR TILES!
find craft paint. Learn how to paint your tile to look like a
Each corridor tile is etched on one side to mark
rusty metal sci-fi corridor in just a few easy steps! off the 35mm grid. When you paint or detail
your tiles, these etched lines must be the top
ADDING FEATURES! surface you work with. If the wrong side of the
tile is finished, it will not fit with the other tiles!
be sure to check each tile and orient them with
In this example I want to add some raised areas for the the etched side up before you start.
tile spaces. I cut some 25mm squares from thick card
and glued them to the tile. You can add other features WHERE DO I FIND CRAFT PAINT?
Craft paint can be found in in many craft supply stores
like this to you own tiles such as wires, cables, textured as well as local discount retailers. It is sold in 2 oz. bot-
plastic card squares etc. This is just a basic example of tles and will supply you with enough paint for hundreds
how you can finish your tiles. of tiles. For this project I suggest purchasing black, a
dark metallic, a rust color (burnt umber), and a bright
Make sure the etched lines are facing upward. You want to
make sure you paint the right side! If you plan to add any fea-
tures on top of your tiles, cut them out now. As a general
guide, it is best to keep any surface details 25mm square or
smaller. This way it will not interfere with the interlocking ends
of the tile.
If you are adding any features to the top of your tiles, glue
them on now. Make sure the etched lines of the tile are facing
up. Using PVA White glue, glue your features to the tile. To
help keep your features in place and keep them flat I would
suggest placing wax paper, and a book or similar flat heavy
object on top of the glued parts until dry.
Prime or paint the tile BLACK. Be sure to cover the mesh
area completely for an even color. Lightly paint the sides of
the of the interlock parts of the tile. Be careful though, and
don’t paint the interlock area with too much paint or your tiles
will not fit together properly. I suggest a light coat of black, but
you can leave it unpainted if you wish.
Now that the card overlays are fully dry you are ready to paint
your tile. Start by dry brushing the whole tile with a dark
metallic. Once the dark metallic dry brush is completely dry I
will dry brush a rust color (burnt umber) onto select parts of
the tile. Pick out random spots and focus on the edges of the
features, etched lines, and the corners of the tile
Now you are ready to finish the tile. Once the rust color is fully
dry, dry brush once more with a bright silver color, concentrat-
ing on the corners and edges of the features and tile edges.
In this example I also heavily dry brushed the center area of
my features to make them more noticable. To finish off the tile
take a sharp pointed permanent marker and go around the
sides of the features and the etches lines marking off the
35mm spaces. Also you can use the marker to add panel
lines and rivet dots on your feature or tile. The tile is now fin-
ished and ready for varnishing or clear coating.