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Thinning Testor Paint
Posted by jkh836 on Saturday, June 26, 2010 3:28 PM

Hi

  I have a question about thinning Testor enamel paint , I'm just starting out in modeling , I was planning on using Tamiya acrylic paint but the only hobby store Peterborough just closed it's  doors so that just leaves Micheal s  and all they have is Testor Enamel . So what do you suggest as a good starting point for thinning the paint and with what , I just happen to have varsol would that work ?

                                                                 Any suggestions would be appreciated

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:08 PM

Mineral Spirits is fine for thinning most (including Testors) enamels. Can't really help with a specific thinning ratio because it varies, depending on such things as your airbrush setup, the air pressure you're using, the viscosity of the paint you're using etc. A general rule of thumb is to thin to the consistency of low-fat milk.

 

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Posted by jkh836 on Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:43 PM

Thanks you

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  • From: A Spartan in the Wolverine State
Posted by rjkplasticmod on Saturday, June 26, 2010 9:07 PM

Mineral Spirits will work fine for thinning the paint.  If you're airbrushing, any generic lacquer thinner will work best for cleaning the AB.

Regards,  Rick

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, June 27, 2010 8:45 AM

Personally, I find I do not qet quite as good a results using mineral spirits as I do with the actual Testors airbrush thinner. I buy it in the half-pint cans and use it only for thinning. I do use mineral spirits for cleanup, including the airbrush.

As a starting point I thin paint about half and half, maybe just a bit shy of that for brand new bottles, increasing thinner as paint thickens with age. I use 15 psi for gloss finishes, 20 for flat.

I find mineral spirits work for thinning- the paint sprays okay. It is just that I get a smoother, more attractive finish with the Testors thinner.

I love the Testors enamel- lots of colors available, I can get it at any hobby shop and many craft stores. It dries slow enough I can relax when airbrushing without worrying about immediate cleanup of the airbrush. I seldom use any other paint.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by jkh836 on Sunday, June 27, 2010 2:38 PM

Don

This is the testors i'm talking( check the link ). I just want to be clear that we are talking about the same paint.  Not Model Master . And I thank you for your reply it is very helpful.

 

 

 http://www.testors.com/category/133656/Testors

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, June 28, 2010 8:50 AM

jkh836

Don

This is the testors i'm talking( check the link ). I just want to be clear that we are talking about the same paint.  Not Model Master . And I thank you for your reply it is very helpful.

 

 

 http://www.testors.com/category/133656/Testors

 

I use the same thinner and the same ratios for both the Model Master and the rectangular small bottles. I find very little difference in the two kinds.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by jkh836 on Monday, June 28, 2010 9:39 AM

Don

Thank you very much I appreciate your advice and   time 

 

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