Static Grass Instructions

Static Grass Instructions


Static grass is ideal if you want to represent a detailed scene, or small lawned areas, if instead your trying to achieve a sweeping landscape for your train to whiz through at speed, traditional scatter is probably just as good as it won’t be distracting to the eye.


We recommend buying at least two colours to enable random mixing ‘just like real life!’


  1. Before starting any scenic landscaping we recommend mixing some old emulsions (to be found in most sheds/ garages) to a nice ‘earthy’ green/brown colour and painting the whole baseboard with it!
  2. Make a mix of 70/30 PVA glue and water, then add a couple of drops of good quality washing up liquid (to help break surface tension) and using a brush apply to approximately 2`sq (600mm) at a time, don't worry if you get the odd blob as this just adds texture.
  3. Using a plastic ziploc bag or a cheap plastic container (Chienese takeaway tubs work) shake your grass vigorously, then holding it about 4”-6” (100-150mm) from the surface start puffing gently. Build the grass up slowly working around the area, puffing from different angles.
  4. As you go along give the grass a shake every so often to loosen any clumps that may form and to improve static charge.
  5. Build the grass up to the thickness you want, use a short grass for the base and a longer grass as top coat.
  6. Don't worry if the PVA glue shows through, it dries transparent and you won't see it.
  7. Every so often gently blow over the grass to loosen any stray particles, and to check your coverage.
  8. Once dry (best to be patient leave it a few hours) suck or blow off the excess and put it back into your container for future use.
  9. If necessary re-apply where any patches appear too thin.
  10. For the best finish we recommend the use of a static applicator.

That's the basic principle. Our grass is available in several colours and sizes. It's best to experiment before starting on your layout. Layering one layer on top of another is a good way of achieving a 'scrubby grass effect'.


The key is to experiment and enjoy what you are doing!