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(Login SEDimmick) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 188.8.131.52
I saw the thread below and wanted to add my two cents in:
They are great for brush painting, far better then Tamiya. They make an EXCELLENT rust set that is dead flat and amazing looking when done right.
Seems like the big issue is with airbrushing them. Anyways, one thing that infuriated me with using them is that it would be like I was using a Water Spray bottle instead of my airbrush...the paint would bead up like water droplets on the primer and generally look like hell. Anyways, after sleeping on it and thinking about it for a while, it dawned on me (literary) to try to a tiny drop of dish soap in the mixed/thinned paint. Dish soap breaks down surface tension in water (which was casing the water beading), letting the paint flow better. I've seen this used in brush painting in other acrylic brand paints. After I did this, the paint sprayed very well! Speaking with some other modeling buddies, one suggested also trying some slo-dry liquid made for acrylics, but I haven't tried this yet. I don't remember having paint handling issues when I sprayed Life Color over a primer using this method, but it has been a while.
From my experience, there are two different types of acrylic paint..one is a latex based paint and the other is an alcohol based paint, that can be cleaned up with water, but you can also use a lacquer (refined alcohol) based thinner to cut the paint with for airbrushing. Lacquer thinner from Home Depot/big box stores is a bit too strong IMO for thinning paint...I've seen Tamiya paint start to separate using it. The Hobby Based Lacquer thinner from Tamiya,Gunze, and Gianotes is formatted different and won't damage the paint per say. Its great for cleaning out your airbrush otherwise...the dish soap trick doesn't work with alcohol based paint though.
I believe this is the following breakdown for Acrylic paint I've used, Latex vs Alcohol based:
Polly Scale/Testors Acyrl
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This message has been edited by SEDimmick from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Jul 3, 2012 10:50 AM