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Painting with hairy stick
« on: November 21, 2017, 02:52:19 PM »
One of our members might be considering a change to acrylics from enamel paints. As most know here i'm a great advocate of Vallejo paints and thought this might be interesting to anyone considering using them. I'm not an airbrush man but thinning the standard Vallejo 50/50 you can apply multiple coats without loosing any detail. This is a 1/72 Spitfire wing with (from the right) 2, 4 and 6 coats of thinned paint applied by brush. As you can see, no detail has been lost. It's also interesting to note Vallejo 'Air' can be used by hairy stick men too as it is already 'thinned' to the pre-requisite viscosity.


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Re: Painting with hairy stick
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2018, 04:35:05 PM »
Ey up PP,
I also prefer brushing, though I do have an airbrush which I've "had a go at", just because it's another modelling skill to learn.  I like Vallejo too and had a good selection of the model colour range.  I just can't get on with them for spraying as whatever I try to use as thinners - water, de-ionised water, IPA or even their own brand thinners seems to make the paint stringy or even lumpy!

What I've also taken to doing is applying several coats of thinned down Model Air too.  It works a treat and after leaving it sufficient time to cure, a very gentle burnishing with a bit of teased apart Scotchbrite and then a polishing cloth levels it a treat.  After the matt varnish has been applied, it's also great for taking those faint brush marks away and removing the "dead flat" finish to give it a mild sheen, just like the real thing.