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How to make my own acrylic wash?

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  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Chicago, USA
How to make my own acrylic wash?
Posted by MonsterZero on Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:18 AM

My enamel washes based on turpentine continue damaging the paint finish despite my best efforts to protect the pain finish (coats of Future, etc.).

I want to try acrylic wash next. However, the arcylic wash cannot be alcohol based because the goddamned alcohol damages the paint too.

Can the acrylic wash be water based?

I don't want to pay AK Interactive $30 for 3 small bottles of wash. It's a ripoff.

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Sunday, March 19, 2017 4:20 AM

Very easy!

I use cheap craft paint, water, and a couple drops of dish soap.

I keep 3 on hand. One is straight black, another is mostly raw umber with a little black in it, and the last is raw umber with tan(leaves a dusty look...kinda!)

It does take a little bit of trial-n-error to get the paint/water ratio...I usually start with maybe 10% paint...if that's too much, just dump a little out and add more water....not enough, dump a little out and add more paint.

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:00 AM

Hello!

Just like Fermis wrote! I'd just like to add one bit - some people (including me!) have had good results mixing some future into the mix - not much, like 10 to 20%. It also enhances the flow, but then again the dish soap is also intended to do that. Just experiment a bit and see what works best for you - I hope it helps, good luck with your builds and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:25 AM

Pawel

Hello!

Just like Fermis wrote! I'd just like to add one bit - some people (including me!) have had good results mixing some future into the mix - not much, like 10 to 20%. It also enhances the flow, but then again the dish soap is also intended to do that. Just experiment a bit and see what works best for you - I hope it helps, good luck with your builds and have a nice day

Paweł

 

Curious...with the Future.

I see that as not being a problem when the wash is applied and just left to dry, and that is that.

When I do a panel line wash though, I blob some on the wing...rub it around with my finger, let dry, then wipe away the excess with a damp cloth, leaving the wash only in the panel lines. Would the Future make this application much harder to wipe away the excess? Or is it diluted enough, that it's not an issue?

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:12 AM

Sealing the surface with Testors glosscoat or dullcoat protects against all but really hot solvent washes.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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