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Thinning Acrylics

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  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Thinning Acrylics
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:33 PM

I believe this has already been discussed, but I can't seem to find it.  I quite often use acrylic craft paints on models.  In the past I have thinned with acrylic thinner from the same company as the paint is from.  I have also used low-grade alcohol/distilled water mix.  All of these give varying results.  I seem to remember seeing someone mention using Windex as a thinner, as well as cleaning their airbrush after painting.  All the Windex we have at the house has a blue tint, will that not also tint any paint mixed with it?  Another thought is using Future as a mix with craft paints to give a shine to the paint.  Has anyone tried this and what were the results?

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  • Member since
    August, 2016
  • From: Wisconsin
Posted by jwrass14 on Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:59 PM

I personally havn't tried it, however I plan on it!

Their is a youtuber by the name of classic plastic 101. He uses it and has it down with excellent results.... He uses regular windsheild washer fluid as a reducer. Another Youtuber is Chris Chapmon,  both are great resourses and have some excellent videos.. Check them out!

Jimmy "RASS"

"I Have Flying Monkey's And I'm Not Afraid To Use Them"

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    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:05 PM

I use tamiya thinners for a gloss finish BUT  if I want a dull finish will use screen wash fluid (it is a whole lot cheaper than tamiya fluid ) 

tamiya fluid £5 

screen wash fluid £1

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