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Chris Bryant

Thinning vallejo model colour for airbrush?

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Hi guys! 

 

I've recently joined the airbrush club!  But I do have an awful lot of hataka blue line and vallejo model color paints, and I figure rather than replacing them I'd use them! Just wondering if anyone has experience using these paints in an airbrush and how they thinned them for use? 

 

Thanks guys! 

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Regarding Vallejo, thin to the consistency of milk 

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Hi Chris, I’ve been going through this very thing! I’ve recently bought an airbrush and although I’ve bought some Vallejo Model air paints, most of mine are still Vallejo Model color. 
 

I found it a bit hit or miss initially as I was trying to thin in the airbrush paint cup. I’ve since been mixing in a small jar to get the paint properly thinned with water and it’s been fine since then. 
 

I have found that just using tap water to thin is absolutely fine. I haven’t found a consistent ratio as some of the paints seem thicker than others, so it’s a bit trial and error until I get a nice flow. Their Model air on the other hand are fab straight from the bottle.
 

Steve

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Hi.  With Vallejo Model Colour paints I like to give the paint bottle a good shake with an electric shaker, then  dispense a little into a small plastic cup (cheap ones from Reject shop for eg), and add Vallejo thinner for a milky consistency, PLUS a drop or 2 of Vallejo FlOW. Have a good stir, and then pour into the airbrush.  

Seems to work well with me.  I also might add a little thinner when using Vallejo Air paints.

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I use Vallejo Model Color paints in my airbrush a lot, just thin them to the right consistency and they'll work fine. Vallejo's own thinner works well, water can also work.

As with every acrylic of this kind, a drop or two of retarder for acrylics will be very useful to avoid having the paint dry on the needle tip. I use Liquitex retarder but others will work too.

Regarding the thinning ratio, it's hard to give numbers, as a lot will depend on how "thick" the paint is in the bottle, what pressure you use and so on. The general advice is what Ratch said: thin to the consistency of milk and you'll be fine. That works with every paint really... personally I mix paint and thinner in a small plastic cup (old contact lenses containers are great for this), the right consistency is the one that will let the paint flow on the cup walls leaving a good trace. If the paint doesn't flow then I need more thinner, if flows too fast or the trace is too transparent, I have thinned too much. As often happens, the best advice is to try different mixing ratios and see which one will work best for you and your airbrush

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VMC can also be thinned with Mr Hobby Self Levelling thinners. It does stink a little so if you have an extractor then all will be good. It levels really nicely but you do still require a touch of flow improver/retarder to stop the tip dry. 

 

Others have given good information already but wanted to add my two penneth. 

 

 

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I also have a similar question, but related to HATAKA

 

Bought the box with bright Ambulance helicopter colours. HTK-AS76

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Any experience with these???

 

A friend of mine had troubles getting these bright paints to cover in an even coat.

 

And some advised that the "red line" series are for the airbrush but I can't see that on the box. So presumably thinned already.  Still , when I would like to thin a bit more, what thinner to use?

 

Tips welcomed!

Meindert

 

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I bought some Hataka paints to try out and they didn't need thinning - why would you want to go through the hassle?

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