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Home Made Panel Line Wash

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  • Member since
    December, 2017
Home Made Panel Line Wash
Posted by Nacho on Friday, December 01, 2017 5:48 AM

First of all sorry for asking a basic question that's already been asked a million times. It's just that whenever I google I can't find the reason why my panel line wash behaved in the way it did.

So what I came here to ask is why my enamel wash reactivated the acrylic clear coat I put on to seal my decals and base acrylic paint. By watching plentiful of tutorials, I was confident enough to make my own wash. First I painted my model with Revell acrylic paints then I sealed those in with Revell acrylic clear glossy paint from a rattle can. After that, I applied my decals which I again sealed using the same product. I let each clear layer dry overnight for about eight hours. At this point, I took Revell black enamel paint and diluted it with Revell paint thinner to make a wash. It worked perfectly. I put some on the brush and science made it flow automatically into the panel lines. Next step is to let enamels dry for at least six hours. I let them dry overnight. Next day I take the same Revell paint thinner, dunk a cotton swab into the bottle and take the excess off with a paper towel.

Here's the problem. I lightly begin cleaning off the enamel excess in the direction of wind flow as I notice that the area get's tacky and begins collecting cotton hairs. I've been doing this whole process on a spare sprue piece where after continuing to rub the cotton swab led to the paint stripping completely.

So I ask why the enamel thinner reactivated the acrylic clear coat? I let the clear dry for about eight hours. It was certainly dry to the touch. Should I let it dry for longer or maybe use different products? Is there just something I misunderstood?

Here are the products that I used.

  • Member since
    October, 2010
Posted by hypertex on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 8:12 AM

Well, sounds like you did things mostly right. Personally, I would let the clear coat dry for 24 hours before I began applying the wash. I would then let the enamels dry for about 5 to 15 minutes before I removed the excess.

It's possible that you waited too long for the enamel wash to dry, which caused you to scrub excessively hard to remove the excess. And the damage to the clear coat could be from the scrubbing action alone.

It could also be that the clear acrylic is a weird formula and not friendly with the enamel thinner. You could try a different brand of clear coat and see if that is better able to withstand the enamel thinner.


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