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Star Destroyer pin wash

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  • Member since
    September 2019
Star Destroyer pin wash
Posted by Eagle5683 on Monday, September 30, 2019 1:25 PM

Hello all!

So I have this Star Destroyer ready for washing and I have been thinking of doing a pin wash on it to keep it looking Sharp, however before I start I wanted to ask if I should use enamel or acrilic. As it stands the base coat is acrilic paint, but the clear coat I put on it is a lacquer.

Is a lacquer kind of the same as enamel and then want to use acrilic for the wash? Thanks all!


  • Member since
    December 2010
Posted by danburnsart on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:49 PM

From my experience be careful mixing laquers and enamels.  Laquer is a "hot" base, enamel tends to be "cooler" or less aggressive, slower drying.

Basic rule I live by is never top enamel with a laquer, other way around 'should' be safe, but without experimentation I'd still recommend a gloss clear acrylic layer before applying any wash.  

As for washes, I almost always use heavily thinned enamel or artists oil paints on top of an acrylic clear gloss.  Hope this helps.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:22 PM

You might want to consider an oil wash using a mild thinner like Mona Lisa brand. Not hot at all and very forgiving in how it works. 


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  • Member since
    December 2010
Posted by danburnsart on Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:12 PM

Good advice here from stikpusher.  I would stress experimentation on scrap rather than the model itself.


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