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Ballast Too Dark?

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Anyone else have this problem?

I use the tried and tested method of laying ballast - lay dry, brush into place, water and drop of washing up liquid followed by PVA/water mix dripped on BUT ...

the ballast ALWAYS ends up going a dark shade and sometimes from grey to green.

I use fine and/or medium grey ballast (Jarvis and Woodland Scenics).

How do all the layouts in magazines and at exhibitions prevent ballast from looking dark grey/green? What, if anything, am I doing wrong?

Is there any way I can avoid this or will I either have to paint the ballast or use Woodlands Scenics light grey only?
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Thanks for all the responses.

I use Evo-Stick (Super Evo-Bond) which is quite cheap so that might be the problem.

I can't work out how to import a picture to one of these links but the best way I can describe it is that when the glue is applied (and even when it's dried) it looks permanently wet.

I guess I'll just have to paint/weather the ballast and in future use the light grey ballast (which will hopefully turn standard grey once the glue mix is applied!).

Thanks again!
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