Painting Thread, Varnish and Paint - For an Airbrush in Modelling; When I was a kid I was taught to use Varnish to create a matt/satin/gloss effect where I was unable ...
Varnish and Paint - For an Airbrush
When I was a kid I was taught to use Varnish to create a matt/satin/gloss effect where I was unable to to get the exact paint.
For example, if you had a matt black and you needed gloss black just use matt black and a top coat of gloss varnish. Likewise you could turn a gloss colour to matt with a top coat of matt varnish.
Does the still apply today.
Why do I ask? Well 2 reasons.
1) I need a matt orange for some chaff dispensers. Im trying to use humbrol where possible and I own a gloss orange (no 18). In matt they do an Orange Lining which doesnt appear an exact shade match. Could I just use the Gloss I already own and apply a matt varnish over the top.
2) Its the old Airbrush thing. Im getting on really well with acrylics now. I need a Glossy Grey (no. 5) whch again is not available in Acrylic, only enamel. Could I get the matt acrylic equiv. ad spray a top coat of gloss varnish?
If the varnish trick works do I thin i the usual way. I thin down with water on a 2:1 basis as per humbrol instructions and getting on very well. In fact what I actually do is tip the paint from the plactic pot (12ml) into a new glass jar. Add 6ml water to the plastic pot and give it a damn good shake and then add that to the jar. (Being a hoarder I then wash out and keep the plastic pot, to use for mixing paints later). I then give the jar a damn good shake (I usually do this while watching TV and I find if I shake for the entire length of an advert break it works for me), label up the jar and pop away ready for use when I need it.
I find that 6ml if water added to 12ml of paint doubles the volume of paint (Its the old tonne of feathers and tonne of lead thing) and works for 99.99% of the paint.
Anyway, waffling now
Can I use varnish to change the finish of a paint.
Do I thin varnish down for airbrush use in the same way as normal paint.
Working on it!