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  1. @GrahamCC this is fantastic information and interesting reading, many thanks. After another evening of experimenting, I am now getting better results. A couple of drops of thinner in the cup and a single blast before putting the varnish mixture in the cup does help. I don't know why. I think I was also applying coats too heavily. I seem to have sorted that now. More passes, but lighter coats. I managed to get a decent finish using the above technique with a mixture of about 50/50 varnish/thinners.
  2. I bought some Flory dark dirt wash and I've only experimented with it on an old scrap model. Can someone clarify at what stage you apply this? So, for example, on my current model I have applied a gloss varnish and the decals are now in place. Do I now use the Flory wash, then give a top coat of matt varnish? Or do I apply another coat of gloss on top of the decals and then apply the Flory, and a final coat of matt varnish? Or will the final coat of matt varnish react with the Flory?
  3. Sorry I missed one critical bit of info on the above - I added recently acquired Flow Improver too. But now that I research what "flow improver" actually is - it's not about improving the flow through the airbrush, it's about the way the paint flows on the material onto which you are putting it. But here's something that seems to be working for me and I don't know why. I just use the mixture as above (about 50/50 Galleria/Water or thinners) but before pouring it into the cup on the airbrush, I squirt a couple of drops of just the bog standard Vallejo thinners. Give it
  4. So I have been testing. Even at 60 water, 40 W&N, it stops spraying after about 3 seconds. At that ratio, it's very watery, and pools on the model. Yet despite its apparent wateriness, it is still blocking the airbrush. I tried thinning it with both distilled water and Vallejo thinners, both with the same results. I'm in a situation where I'm unable to varnish my models! At a total loss as to what to do.
  5. How long do you wait between coats?
  6. Just been looking into this Liquitex product. I'm not entirely sure what it is! Is it a varnish in its own right? It says that it can be thinned by diluting with water...yet I thought one of the main points of this product was that it was a thinner itself. So now, we're thinning the thinners?!
  7. Yes, it's defo the Galeria. I was slightly exaggerating when I likened it to wall paper paste tbh! I might "invest" in some Liquitex - it's more expensive than I'd hoped - but the spending has got to stop at some point!
  8. Thanks. Yes, it is hard to see what's been done and what's been missed! Never really thought too much about distance. I guess I've been spraying about 6 inches away. Does that sound about right?
  9. I ordered a couple of glass pipettes from Amazon yesterday. They arrived today, Really nice, just £2.49 for 2, delivered. So tonight I measured out into a clean little egg cup 10 drops of Winsor & Newton matt varnish and 10 drops of water. Not just any old water, but distilled stuff (from Halfords - I use it for making solution to clean records). Poured it into my airbrush cup. As far as I could tell, it sprayed really well from my airbrush. No obvious spitting, no clogging even when I set it down for a minute. I sprayed a red wing of my sacrificial Spit
  10. Thanks. As far as I'm aware it's a 0.3mm needle, so maybe at the limit of what it can handle.
  11. I've only owned the airbrush a few weeks. But after every spray (only use Vallejo Model Air paints which work great in it), I was at least with water and spray it through until it runs clear. I have taken it apart a couple of times after doing this and everything looks spotless. It's just the varnish that messes it up.
  12. Thanks, cos I'm hopeless at judging, I've ordered a couple of pipettes and some tiny "ink cups" to mix in. I don't suppose it has to be that scientific but at least I can see what's goin on. At the moment, I'm just sloshing it all in the cup on the airbrush and mixing it in there, which may be part of the problem.
  13. Do you have a more precise ratio to thin it down to? (It still looked milky even when I almost completely diluted it!)
  14. So the acrylic Winsor & Newton turned up. It's as thick as wallpaper paste, so naturally, my airbrush cannot handle it at all. When tipped in neat, literally nothing comes out of the tip. I continued to mix water with it, although I have no means of measuring (how do you measure ratios without a Vallejo style bottle where you can count the drops?). But I had to mix it so thin that it's effectively water coming out of the airbrush, and just tickling down the model (a sacrificial Spitfire in this case). So that's another £7 blown. At a loss as to what to t
  15. Thanks for the replies. It's a "no brand" airbrush. There's no control over air pressure and I don't know what the needle size is tbh... apologies, this is all very new to me! I actually ordered a different varnish, Winsor & Newton, before these replies came in. I've found a few people report the same issues with the Vallejo varnish in their airbrushes. (No slight on the varnish, it may well be the combination of that particular varnish and airbrush model.) I'll see how I get on with the Winsor & Newton and if I still have no success, will spend yet more money
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