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Oil Wash Drying Time

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    September 2019
Oil Wash Drying Time
Posted by AndrewJosie on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:03 PM

I am building the 1/48 scale M1A2 Abrams.

After painting the model I gave it a pinwash with Abteiling oil paint.  I am planning on giving the model a clearcoat of Mr. Hobby Super Clear after the pinwash dries and before trying some chipping as I don't want to destroy the pinwash by handling it.  Is this way to go?  If so how longshould I wait fo the pinwash to dry before hitting it with Super Clear.  Thanks! 

ps is Super Clear ok to use?  

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:03 PM

oil wash drying tim e depends on the concentration. I usually add about a dot to a 1/4 cup of turpenoid, so it dries quickly. Air circulation is your best bet.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:12 PM

Air temperature and humidity will also effect drying time. Generally the warmer and dryer the air, the more rapidly that the wash will dry. I am finding that my oil washes are ready for clean up sooner in the dry heat of Arizona (even in the A/C) than they did previously in coastal Southern California (even in summer).


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    September 2019
Posted by AndrewJosie on Thursday, August 27, 2020 3:08 PM

Thanks for your help.  

Is an oil wash dry when it doesn't smudge when touched?

Also, is it ok to use Mr. Super Clear over the oil wash?

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, August 28, 2020 9:56 AM

If you can't smell any product then it's dry or extremely close to dry. Get you nose right up there and see if you can smell anything. If it's dry to the touch and you can't smell anything, you're good to go. I always wait 24 hrs and where I live I am always in good shape.

You can clear it with just about anything safely, the base paint is where you may have an issue with certain clears.


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Posted by Master Cylinder on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:13 PM
A good idea I learned is squeezing out a small amount of oil paint on absorbant paper or cardboard and wait so mixing it with thinner results in just pigment and thinner with less linseed oil.

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