PanPastel Colors are a quick and easy way to add color and weathering effects to your models, for various effects including:

  • General Wear & Tear
  • Shading
  • Oil Streaks
  • Dust
  • Soot
  • Exhaust Marks
  • Battle Damage
  • Scorch Marks

Using PanPastel


It's very easy to get started.
In addition to PanPastel Colors & Sofft Tools, all you need are the following:
  • Paper Towel - for cleaning Sofft Tools between colors
  • Eraser - any artist's eraser for removing or changing colors
  • Flat finish - spray (optional) for sealing & prep.

PanPastel Color Range Explained

The PanPastel Color Range includes pure colors, tints, shades & extra darks. Indicated by item codes as follows:
Pure colors (xxx.5)
Tints (xxx.7 and xxx.8)= pure colors plus white
Shades (xxx.3) = pure colors plus black
Extra darks (xxx.1 and xxx.2) = pure colors plus more black

Easy Color Mixing


Surface Preparation & Finishing:

  • Flat finish pre-painted or decaled cars before weathering.
  • A toothy, flat finish protective over-spray on the model will not cause the color to disappear, it will help protect the color. Note: models don’t always need a flat over-coat, buildings, vehicles and things less handled are fine.
  • My preferred flat finish is PolyScale Flat, and Model Master’s Flat Acrylic. Recommended thinning is about 50/50 or thinner, it should have the viscosity of 2% milk. Liquitex Acrylic Matte Medium found in art & craft stores will work too. (I spray at 35 PSI with a Paasche H brush and a #5 tip. This tip doesn’t clog as often.)
  • If you don’t use an airbrush, an alternative finish is Krylon workable or any pastel fixative or flat finish in a spray can.

  • Applying PanPastel Colors:
  • When applying the colors you may need to put some light (finger) pressure on the Sofft Tools to “push” the color into the surface. If the color application looks too heavy you can tone it down or remove the color easily (see below).
  • Multiple colors can be loaded on one Sofft Sponge Tool, one side or the other or even the four points of the edges.
  • Light color can be laid on top of darker color.
  • You can hold the model in your hand when applying.
  • PanPastel Colors are dry (pastel) color. So you don’t have to wait for the colors to dry.

  • Removing or Changing the Colors:
  • A clean Sofft Tool, and art erasers, as well as Papermate Tuff Stuff eraser pen or some paper towel can remove or tone down the color. You can also clean up lettering with an eraser.
  • To start over: remove PanPastel with a toothbrush and a mild detergent (e.g. Dawn) and water.