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Need opinion for tamiya paint thinner

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    June 2012
Need opinion for tamiya paint thinner
Posted by Compressorman on Friday, November 8, 2019 6:14 AM

I am currently in search of a clear that I like and have considered trying Tamiya (gloss and flat). I have never used this paint and have heard that using their lacquer thinner makes for a harder coat. Is it neccessary to use lacquer thinner or does their typical thinner (X20-A) do well enough? I ask because I prefer the lower toxicity of their regular thinner which I believe is alcohol based over LT. I have also heard that using Mr Leveling Thinner gives excellent results, so I do not really know what to choose.

I typically model military aircraft but I have a couple autos in the queue...hence the wondering about the gloss coat since I plan to polish it to a high shine.

Chris

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, November 8, 2019 6:41 AM
You can safely use either,Tamiya sprays very nicely.Some folks use water,ISO Alchohol,windex,lighter fluid and so on.I prefer their Lacquer Thinner but their regular stuff is okay too.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, November 8, 2019 6:49 AM
I use X-20a or Mr Leveling thinner. With the gloss when you spray it I've heard you spray a very light mist coat of straight thinner and it produces a beautiful finish

 

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Friday, November 8, 2019 7:56 AM

I haven't tried Mr Levelling thinner, but certainly with Tamiya lacquer thinner, when airbrushing gloss paints, it gives a better gloss finish than when you use X-20A.  

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