Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Painting Supplies: Acrylic Thinner

A few months ago I had been disappointed with the finish on some of my models. I felt, specifically, that this was due to issues I was having with paint consistency. My Vallejo paints just seemed too thick and using water just wasn't working. As a result I felt my vehicles had very rough looking surfaces and my infantry figures looked very 'heavy'.

 

I had just been using water to thin my Vallejo acrylics and it just didn't seem to work. The paint either ended up far to runny/wash like or it just didn't seem to coat the model properly. I had a few people offer suggestions and did a bit of hunting about on my own.

 

The original discussion can be found here.

 

Eventually I settled on this:

Which I picked up online from SnMstuff for £4.95 (plus postage) and have been using for the last few weeks. I have to say I'm really really happy with this compared to just using water. The paint goes to a good consistency with just a drop added. It thins the paint but doesn't turn it into a wash and still coats well. I'm much happier thinning my paint down now and I feel that I'm seeing much smoother and less bitty finishes.
 
I did buy a Vallejo branded thinner (Model Colour 524 - Thinner), but it turned out to be some sort of medium and is a milky white substance. I've not tried it. I also bought brush shampoo and restorer, which I've yet to use.
 
I've not used my airbrush for a while but I'd be willing to try this thinner with a low PSI setting on my compressor (I think that the PSI may have been the reason I was having so many issues previously). I'll let you know if/when I try that out!

4 comments:

  1. My thinner also starts off milky (Like your Vallejo one) but dries clear, much like my old GW 'Ardcoat varnish.

    Thinner is by far the better choice over water. I even use it as a little perk-me-up for my paint pots when they show they are drying up.

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    1. I might try the Vallejo one then Dai, see how it works!

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  2. Might want some tips on varnish! certainly use this tip if painting vehicles

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  3. No problems Des. I use 3 or 4 different varnishes. Army Painter Dark tone dip/varnish, Vallejo Gloss varnish (after highlights and dry brush as a base for my decals), Vallejo Matt Varnish and a Matt Varnish spray - not sure what make the spray is but it works really well. Whether I use the paint on Matt or the spray depends on the weather and the size/numbers of the minis.

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