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Airbrushing Nail Polish

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    January, 2017
Airbrushing Nail Polish
Posted by Calmo2 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:26 PM

Hello; I want to try airbrushing nail polish but want to know from you guys and gals out there what would I use to thin the nail polish and should I use the same thinner to clean my airbrush? Is there a trick to air brushing nail polish? ( What air pressure and thinning ratios ect.) Right now I am using Tamiya acrylics but don't have a hobby shop near by so I thought I would try nail polish as you can get it pretty much any where and it does come in a lot of different colors. Would I have to put a clear over top and if so what would I use? Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Member since
    January, 2019
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:19 PM

I've never sprayed nail polish so this is just my two cents.  Most thinners are the same solvents used to clean up spills/brushes so the best candidate would probably be Acetone.  You can buy it in quantity at hardware stores or get nail polish remover at the grocery store.

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    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:08 PM

I have shot a couple of cars with nail polish and used cheap hardware store laquer thinner.  The mix ratios and air pressure will be a matter of choice, but are not really different from any other paints.  Yes you will need to clearcoat, even though it appears shiny on nails, it is rather flat on models.  Hope this helps.

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    January, 2017
Posted by Calmo2 on Friday, January 18, 2019 1:04 PM
Thanks guys. I am going to look into this further and see what I can find about airbrushing nail polish. Thanks again.

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