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Answers to questions about the right paint scheme or tips for the right effect.
thinning enamels fo ABing
godfather
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002 - 06:52 AM UTC
What percentage of thinner to paint do you guys use for enamels. I am using both humbrol and testors. I also use testors thinner/airbrush cleaner to dilute.
ukgeoff
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002 - 06:59 AM UTC
I usually start with a 50/50 mix, mainly because it's easy to measure, and then add more paint or thinners as necessary.
Folgore
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002 - 07:03 AM UTC
On the back of the Testors thinner bottle, they suggest a ratio of 3 parts paint to 2 parts thinner for gloss colours and 3 parts paint to 2 parts thinner for flat colours.
As for me, I keep my thinner in one of those Lemon juice containers that's a lot easier to pour out of. I put a little thinner in and test spraying it. I can tell if it's right or if it needs more thinner (or, if I really mess up, needs more paint) by how well it is spraying. You don't need to be too exact with the ratios. As long as it works.

Nic
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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002 - 05:56 PM UTC
How much you thin your paints also depends on your AB's air pressure.
I usually mix it to a "light" milk consistancy. About 40/60 - thinner/paint. And AB at about 15-20 psi.
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002 - 08:47 PM UTC
i use enamels like some people use oils, mix, match and thin. on some faces i use a 90/10 thinner paint and glaze layers to build up the color i need. hey Kencelot i prefer American tanks losing there turrets!

"Hey, I cut this three times and it's still too short.....................
Kencelot
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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2002 - 04:36 AM UTC

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hey Kencelot i prefer American tanks losing there turrets!




That's why I put her there Pak...LOL