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Paint thinner ratio
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 10, 2003 7:24 AM
Dear sir,

I am a beginner and have purchased Tamiya and Gunze Sangyo colours with a Tamiya thinner. Please tell
me the paint to thinner ratio for both these paints. I am currently
making a 1/72 Curtiss tomahawk(academy make). Kindly help.


Thank you.

Nandakumar
(nandman83@yahoo.co.uk)
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 10, 2003 9:07 AM
Usually, when I get a new bottle of Tamiya paint I open it immediately and fill the bottle with thinner and that usually is a good consistency. When you open the new bottle there is about 1/2 inch of space. I find filling that void in a new bottle gives the paint a very good consistency. This is a good rule of thumb and it is much easier than measuring out thinner and paint ratios. Tamiya paint isn't the thickest to begin with so this amount of thinner is good for brushing and spraying. I usually thin a litte more to spray final coats to avoid orange peel.
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  • From: USA
Posted by jcarlberg on Monday, February 10, 2003 11:07 AM
The usual recommendation is that the thinned paint should be the thickness of milk. I have found that between 1/3 and 1/2 thinner for Tamiya works well for flat colors, and a similar range seems to work with Gunze. However, your airbrush and compressor combination, or the fineness of spray you are using, may work better with more or less thinner than the above. Best is to start with 2 parts paint to one thinner, test it in the airbrush, and adjust as needed.
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  • From: Everett
Posted by markuz226 on Friday, March 21, 2003 1:07 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by nwilliams

Usually, when I get a new bottle of Tamiya paint I open it immediately and fill the bottle with thinner and that usually is a good consistency. When you open the new bottle there is about 1/2 inch of space. I find filling that void in a new bottle gives the paint a very good consistency. This is a good rule of thumb and it is much easier than measuring out thinner and paint ratios.

I read somewhere in FSM that mixing paint and thinner in the bottle makes the paint "go bad" immediately. Can you share your experiences on this as I too mix them in the bottle as opposed to this suggestion?
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  • From: Steinwedel, Lower Saxony,Germany
Posted by tango35 on Friday, March 21, 2003 4:38 AM
the ratio should be 1/3, so you have the quality of coffee cream or milk
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 21, 2003 5:44 AM
Yeah, that´s right!!! Milk is the answer!!
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  • From: NE Georgia
Posted by Keyworth on Friday, March 21, 2003 11:08 PM
Got milk? Seiously, the milk-thickness proprtions cited earlier are correct, especially for acrylics. -Ed
"There's no problem that can't be solved with a suitable application of high explosives"
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  • From: Newport News VA
Posted by Buddho on Friday, March 21, 2003 11:27 PM
I spray with a ratio of 2 parts thinner to 1 part paint like jcarlberg wrote earlier.

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 23, 2003 10:13 PM
Thanks guys!! You've been very helpful!!
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