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Found 6 results

  1. White spirit vs. branded thinners

    Hello, Could anyone tell me if there's any particular difference when brush painting between using a branded thinner (eg. Humbrol) compared to normal white spirit? Thanks
  2. Vallejo Surface Primer

    Up to recently I have been using Tamiya fine primer rattle cans for priming - sadly with asthma and a heavy cold this is proving problematic (plus all the over-spray and fine particulates that they leave behind!) I am trying to move over to acrylic primers such as the ultimate primers or the Vallejo primers. Sadly I was unable to pick up any ultimate primers at Cosford yesterday, but I do have in my possession some Vallejo primer. Now I have tried using these previously but didn't get on with them following the recommended instructions (clogging etc). Now would anyone recommend thinning these primers at all? At the moment all I have is some ultimate thinner, but there is a place locally I can get some Vallejo thinner (not much else from there but at least I can get the thinner and cleaner!) At what ratio would most people generally thin at? I have found when using my airbrush, and what acrylic paint I'm using (Tamiya, xtracrylic, humbrol) my starting point is a 50/50 mix, but have no idea with the primers so any help would be appreciated. Thanks john.
  3. Airbrush Paint Thinning?

    Hi, I've asked for an airbrush for my birthday, a Badger one of some description (I'm sure I can find it if it matters. I'm planning on using it for some Airfix tank models and a Spitfire. I do have some previous experience with models,although I've only done about 8 before. I was just wondering how much I should thin my paints for use in the airbrush. I'm planning on using Humbrol acrylic paints (they do say that they can be thinned for airbrushing, but they don't say how much I should thin it). Also, would water be sufficient for thinning? If so, any advice on what amount of paint to water I should use would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  4. Some time ago I settled on Vallejo and find I'm fairly competent at airbrushing both Air and Model colour through my Iwatas; I prefer Air, but if I thin the Model Color with plain water and a drop or two of artists flow enhancer, it goes on OK. For the first time, I just tried some Vallejo fluorescent stuff, and couldn't make it work. Even adding more water and half a dozen drops of flow enhancer failed to prevent it from clogging up very quickly. And what gets onto the model is very thin, watery, feeble stuff. Is there a special technique? I wanted to use an Airfix aerosol fluo colour but blasted Antics in Bristol were out of stock yesterday... Thanks, Tony
  5. Last week, I got my hands on some "artists" acrylics. According to the label they are water based. I am doing a custom mix for my build and just mixed up a new batch of pseudo silver - the color looked great. Now the issue! As it comes out of the bottle/tube, it's far too thick to airbrush. I added IPA to thin the mixture down and what do you know, the mix turned into some kind of gloopy plasticky mess. So I tried a little experimenting: Artist Acrylic + IPA = gloopy plasticky mess Artist Acrylic + Acetone = another, but different gloopy plasticky mess Artist Acrylic + water = a solution which appears to thin down nicely without too much issue. Artist Acrylic + Alclad thinner = almost no mixing at all My question is: Is it okay to use standard H2O as a thinning medium when airbrushing? I am worried that it will not evaporate fast enough when airbrushing and I will end up with runs, or some other issues. Does anyone else use water as a thinning medium when airbrushing? Any advise?
  6. Thinning Mr Surfacer

    Despite being securely capped, my Mr Surfacer 500 has adopted the consistency of melted toffee. Has anyone had any success in thinning it? If so, using what? Thanks in advance. Nick
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