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Airbrushing Molotow Pen Refill Liquid?

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Airbrushing Molotow Pen Refill Liquid?
Posted by scalepeter on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:53 AM

I read about the good quality of the Molotow pens,  I intend to buy some but I noticed you can refil the pens and they recomend the liquid for airbrush use as well.   Wondering if anyone has tried this?   

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Posted by 59 Chevy Impala on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:33 PM

Yep, and it works great.  No need for an undercoat either.  Works on raw plastic and over paint.  Here's a picture of the rear bumper for a 59 Pontiac that I restored.

Dan

348's and 409's forever, also Ford Flatheads

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Posted by OldTallDad on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 4:12 PM

59 Chevy Impala

Yep, and it works great.  No need for an undercoat either.  Works on raw plastic and over paint.  Here's a picture of the rear bumper for a 59 Pontiac that I restored. 

Dan

That bumper looks excellent! Did you have to thin the Molotow? If so, what did you use for thinner?

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Posted by 59 Chevy Impala on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 5:05 PM

No thinner, just straight out of the refill bottle and into the air brush.  I didn't use any undercoat either.  You'll have to adjust the air pressure to your liking.  I used a low pressure, about 10 to 15 lbs to spray.

Here is another picture of the frame painted with the Ink setting on the floor pan of the Pontiac.

Dan

348's and 409's forever, also Ford Flatheads

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Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, September 20, 2018 2:25 AM

Thanks for that.  Looks good.  Did it take long to Dry?   I messaged the site selling it and they said it can take a week to dry.    

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Posted by Zoom Zoom on Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:04 AM

I did a full article in the April 2018 issue of Scale Auto comparing Molotow chrome vs. Alclad and Spaz Stix. Moltow takes awhile to dry; the longer you let it dry, the better. It's best shot wet and unthinned through your airbrush. It can be protected with Spaz Stix ultimate clear, also shot wet and unthinned (and humidity can be a factor). You should wait at least 2 days before applying the clear. Mist coats don't work well with either the Molotow chrome nor the clear. Test it on a plastic spoon or something other than something like a unique model part before doing a permanent application so you know how it "feels" when you shoot it.

I love the stuff, have had great results. It's so much better and easier than doing Alclad/Spaz Stix chrome in impossibly thin coats over black or other color basecoats. Molotow is extremely pigment-dense, it covers anything, it sprays like paint. Spraying wet gives it a liquid chrome mylar effect. If you let it dry for a long time, it's much more resistant to handling. 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:47 AM

Zoom Zoom

I did a full article in the April 2018 issue of Scale Auto comparing Molotow chrome vs. Alclad and Spaz Stix. Moltow takes awhile to dry; the longer you let it dry, the better. It's best shot wet and unthinned through your airbrush. It can be protected with Spaz Stix ultimate clear, also shot wet and unthinned (and humidity can be a factor). You should wait at least 2 days before applying the clear. Mist coats don't work well with either the Molotow chrome nor the clear. Test it on a plastic spoon or something other than something like a unique model part before doing a permanent application so you know how it "feels" when you shoot it.

I love the stuff, have had great results. It's so much better and easier than doing Alclad/Spaz Stix chrome in impossibly thin coats over black or other color basecoats. Molotow is extremely pigment-dense, it covers anything, it sprays like paint. Spraying wet gives it a liquid chrome mylar effect. If you let it dry for a long time, it's much more resistant to handling. 

 

 

So you're the guy that wrote that article. Now I have the opportunity to thank you personally for providing that information. The only question I had was what pressure did you spray it at but you just answered that here. I've been using this stuff along with the Spaz Stix Clear and it works PERFECT!! Again............thank a million ZZ.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by OldTallDad on Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:03 PM

Just a silly question...what do you use to clean the aibrush? 

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Posted by scalepeter on Friday, September 21, 2018 6:02 AM

Thanks for the info ZoomZoom.  I get mixed resuts with Alclad and not having to base coat would be good.   I must admit though, I use a Dual action airbrush and try to control the pressure rather than adjust my compressor which could be my Alclad issue.   Thanks for the tips though.   I can see use on my 1:1 classic car inerior as well. 

 

OldTallDad It's Alchol based ink  and i read that rubbing alcohol and acetone nail polish used to clean up  alcohol based inks so i  assume you could use one of those.   I myself not having used it but i paint with enamels would use enamel thinners to clean.  

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Friday, September 21, 2018 12:00 PM

Bit of a pain airbrush cleaning. I generally blast through some compatable thinner, followed by cellulose thinner and then proper airbrush cleaner after using paints. Alclad and AK have their own thinners, but not sure about Molotow as it is classified as an ink. Would probably go the cellulose thinner route as this stuff seems to shift anything in my airbrush, followed by a dedicated airbrush cleaner.

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Posted by Zoom Zoom on Friday, September 21, 2018 3:18 PM

Molotow sprays well through my Grex setup at 15-20 psi.

Both lacquer thinner and acetone have worked fine for cleaning the airbrush.

I have yet to find anything that properly thins the Molotow; what some others have said worked I found did not, the thinner just separates from the chrome ink. It doesn't need thinning...spray it wet. It covers very well. So much easier than dealing with Alclad.

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Friday, September 21, 2018 9:50 PM

Great i love paint ready to spray.   Just discovered my locale hobby shop has the ink and pens in stock which is great.   Think i'll definetley give this a try.

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Posted by Mitch Rapp on Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:53 AM

You Tube has plenty of vidios How to clean an airbrush

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