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Airbrush troubles/AK acrylics
LiquorRanch
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: November 22, 2018
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 05:06 AM UTC
I'm returning to the hobby after a solid 6-7 years off. I fired up my badger renegade krome earlier at 15, 25 and 30 psi to airbrush AK acrylics. I thinned the paints between a 2:1 and 1:1 paint/thinner ratio. (used tamiya thinner)

The paint was not coming evenly, or smoothly. It dripped and pooled on the model even though I was spraying thin, even coats. I looked at the airbrush parts and am currently soaking them in nail polish remover.

Is there anything here that seems way off?


Anmoga
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 05:33 AM UTC
You can use Tamiya’s thinner with AK’s real colors but not with their acrylics paints. For the acrylics better use their own thinner or water.
Belt_Fed
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 05:34 AM UTC
Do you mean Real Color paints or their standard line? Their standard line should be thinned with their own thinner.
justsendit
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 07:27 AM UTC
If you should happen to try Vallejo Acrylics, do not use Tamiya Thinner with them. Use Vallejo Airbrush (73.524, 60 ml or 71.161, 200 ml) with Vallejo Acrylics. HTH.🎨
AgentG
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM UTC
Don't thin AK acrylic as much as other acrylics like Tamiya. My best ratio is right around 60/40 paint to thinner. Use a bigger nozzle than the .2 on the Krome. HTH

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SSGToms
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 05:16 PM UTC
DON'T use Tamiya thinner with AK acrylics. Use distilled water or AK
acrylic thinner.
LiquorRanch
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Joined: November 22, 2018
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 05:37 PM UTC
Thanks for the help! Bought some vallejo thinner and ran that with the AK/Vj paints I was using. I'll have a WIP posted sometime in the next few days.