The application of Europe Earth pigment is intended to represent a dusty coating of dirt picked up while operating in a relatively clean, but damp, area. The pigment was applied using a filbert brush that had taken powder from the lid of the pot. The vehicle was laid on its side and the brush held above each wheel in turn, and the brush tapped gently to dislodge the pigment so that it fell into the still wet wash from step 2.This conglomeration was then left to dry. The inevitable additional deposit on the tyres was deliberately left to discolour the rubber.
The remaining pigment on the brush was then gently distributed onto areas such as the cab roof and engine cover, by simply dabbing the brush onto the relevant areas.