Discussion in 'The paint box' started by markg, Sep 15, 2010.
One coat is rarely enough to give a decent finish. That's how I do it anyway. Other modellers might, and probably will do it differently.
Just remember to give it good time to dry before the next coat or you will drag the previous coat(s) off !!!
Tamiya acrylics but they didn't seem suitable for hand-painting.
I don't brush acrylics but I think opinion is that Tamiya are virtually unbrushable! I'll wait for a proper brusher to recommend some that work.
Yes they are Mark, I was modelling before A/Bs for modelling came out so my dad taught me to paint them using brushes. I sometimes look at A/Bs, but I just sit down and have a drink...the notion soon passes!! lol
I don't have a ratio for thinning, as Steve points out there are too many variables. I just mix until I get the right consistancy for the job.
Steve, in my view Tamiya acrylics are not worth a flick of the wrist for briush work. I always use the superb Vallejo model color acrylics, thinned with distilled water if required. I am very happy with the results from this range of paints.
For detail, weathering and washes, I keep it simple and use Humbrol Enamels, thinned with turps.
1) The coverage of the paint being applied.
2) The detail of the part being painted such as canvas texture, plate and rivet detail etc..etc..
3) The colour of the base and whether it has a primer on it. Painting a dark colour over a white plastic will require more pigment than if you are painting over a grey primer.
Years ago in the days of my making motorcycles I always used gloss enamels to paint the body parts because I got a far better finish than I could with an airbrush. I always used a new brush and a new pot of paint, held the part with a piece of sprue and washed the parts with warm soapy water before applying the paint. I usually only needed a single coat and applied the paint quickly and evenly without thinning. In those cases though there was no detail to hide so as I said it all depends on the individual situation.
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