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Thinning Mig paints for airbrush.

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  • From: California
Thinning Mig paints for airbrush.
Posted by mikeymize on Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:51 PM

     I'm spraybrushing Mig Ammo paints for the first time and would like to know whether I can use the Vallejo thinner or should I use the Ammo type specific one? Also, how important is usuing an acrylic primer as opposed to something like Tamiya fine surface primer; or is the type irrelevant? Up till recently I used nothing but enamels like Humbrol and MM hence all the questions. Thanks for any input!

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  • From: Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, August 26, 2017 3:07 PM

It is best to use the manufacture's own brand to get the best performance out of the product. Vallejo is not interchangeable with some paints and their thinners as I have read. 

I too use enamels and unfortunately, the MM military enamel line is in the chopping block so I have been experimenting with Vallejo and Tamiya paints.

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  • From: California
Posted by mikeymize on Saturday, August 26, 2017 3:39 PM

 Thanks for the quick response.  I used a paint called "color of eagles" last time and found out the hard way of trying to thin with Tamiya X-20; a fiasco! Distilled water however did the trick. Will use the Mig brand for my latest project To avoid any unforeseen surprises. Thanks again!

 Regards, Mikey

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, August 26, 2017 8:15 PM

You are welcome Mikey.

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Posted by modelmaker66 on Sunday, August 27, 2017 12:15 AM

They dont recomend thinng but I have used Vallejo air brush cleaner, works fine, but only thin it very little.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, August 27, 2017 6:00 AM
I think the thing with using the newer acrylic primers is that they come in diffrent colors allowing for preshading and modulation.But I understand they dont perform well in sanding,imperfection locating,and paint adhesion like the tradional primets do.I still use Tamiya extra fine for cleaning up and good paint adhesion and sanding

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  • From: California
Posted by mikeymize on Monday, August 28, 2017 9:09 PM

   Yes, I'm going to use up the last of my Tamiya fine primer on the Polikarpov I-16 up next and after that's gone will be switching to the acryl primer for subsequent builds. The acrylic paints have come a long way since I started modeling many years ago! And the cleanup is so much easier! 

Thanks again for the input guys

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