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Chipping advice?

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  • Member since
    February, 2018
Chipping advice?
Posted by Squirmy1970 on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:03 PM

Hi Guys!

I'm working on a Tamiya 1/35 Panzer II / F. Finished the build, ready to paint, weather, etc.

Regarding weathering, I'd like to use the hairspray method for chipping. My question is this: Will the hairspray method work with enamel paints? I'm assuming it would only work with acrylics?

One reason why I ask is because I don't own an airbrush. So I figured I'd spray it. (Enamel spray "rattle" can.)


  • Member since
    December, 2013
  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:16 PM

Since hair sprays are acrylic based your top color that goes over the hair spray has to be acrylic as well.  When you go to scrub the surface with water it will need to soak through the acylic paint and loosen the hair spray to get the chipping effect.  An enamel paint would not allow the water to get down to the hair spray.


  • Member since
    October, 2010
Posted by hypertex on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:48 AM

I beg to differ. I've seen modelers chip enamel paint with hairspray on youtube, (although I don't use enamels myself). I was surprised myself, I wouldn't have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes.

Pretty much all paints are going to be water permeable to some extent, especially considering when we modelers apply very thin coats of paint. Thus, water can permeate enamels as well as acrylics.

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:01 AM


I've experimented with chipping some time ago, and it was hairspray between two layers of humbrol enamel, so I say this can be done. Right, scrubbing the outer layer was kinda hard, so I used a small quantity of lacquer thinner to make the outer paint crack, and from then on it went without problems. Here are the parts I did (sorry, the photo isn't best):

This one might be better (look at the ammo cans):

Good luck with your build and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:38 AM
I have used enamel as a basecoat,never used enamel as the chipping coat,could it be done? Guys are saying yes,I would keep it simple and use acrylic as a chipping coat unless your color isnt available in acrylic.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:21 AM

For smaller scale aircraft I find chipping by daubing on very small spots of aluminum paint works well, applying paint with small end toothpicks.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    February, 2018
Posted by Squirmy1970 on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:47 PM

Thanks for all the advice so far guys, appreciate it!

I think I'd prefer doing an enamel primer and under coat, then hairspray. Finished off with an acrylic base/top coat.

The problem is, like I said before, I don't have an airbrush. Is there such a thing as spray can acrylics?


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