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Is Mig Chipping Fluid Superior to Hairspray?

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  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • From: Chicago, USA
Is Mig Chipping Fluid Superior to Hairspray?
Posted by MonsterZero on Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:57 PM

Don't tell me Mig is putting hair spray into bottles and marketing that as "chipping fluid" (100x more costly per ounce) because that would make me real mad!

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, December 01, 2017 5:55 AM
Probably not much diffrence,I don't use a lot of product,so I usually go with the modeling product,cost is not a big factor as I don't use a lot. I will say thst my tank smelled like a beauty salon when using hairspray

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    March, 2017
Posted by Lord Voyager on Friday, December 01, 2017 7:43 AM

I do not use his products because of just that... This is the same basic ingredients without the scent. I actually get better results with Aquanet pump bottle that's sat out open for a day in the bottle (thickens up a bit, easier to use). Also, I purchased chalk pastels and ground those up and its exactly the same as his weathering powders...


All he's doing is packaging it and selling his name.

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    December, 2013
  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Friday, December 01, 2017 2:06 PM

Does it really matter what is in the Mig bottle.  If you can achive the same results with cheap hair spray then save your money.  I have been modeling for a long time, well before all the "fancy" weathering products and can achive the same results.

Chipping: hair spray, cheap masking fluids and table salt

Streaking-stains-washes: cheap oil paints or enamel paints

Weathering powders: cheap artists chaulks scraped with a sharp blade

Pre cut masks: a steady hand, rulers and templates/guides and sharp blade cutting on glass

Thinners: $5 a gallon for enamel and laquer thinners

Squadron/tamiya seam putty and others:  a giant tube of bondo for $5, thinned with acetone/nail polish remover

I could go on and on.

I am not bashing on these products as I am all for capitalism, and if they have figured out a way to repackage basic supplies into fancy bottles, more power to them but I have been building models for years without having to buy any of these products and can achive the same results.

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    June, 2010
Posted by 5-high on Friday, December 01, 2017 4:25 PM

I must agree route 66.Ditto


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    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Friday, December 01, 2017 6:28 PM

Most of the large "Weathering" business that has sprung up with Mig/AK can be replicated at about 1/5th the price.

For instance if you bought a decent general set of artists oil paints that would probably last your lifetime, you could replicate every filter/wash/panel line that they put out.

Nothing against anyone that uses them, or Mig for having a succesful business but it's all marketing.

You can certainly achieve the chipping effect just as well with a large hairspray from your local CVS for about 4 bucks, that would most likely do many more models than the little jar from Mig.


  • Member since
    December, 2012
Posted by RX7850 on Friday, December 01, 2017 11:57 PM


route62 and Wilbur Wright you are correct.

The repackaging of an otherwise generic procurable product and  then selling it for a high premium , i have to admit puts me in a state of dismay. This hobby I have enjoyed all my life is minimalized  by the marketing tactics of deciet, Why because a company wants you to believe the product they are marketing is cutting edge and never before available until now and for a premium you too can get professional results. I find it insulting to ones intelligence and passion with regard to modelling. What makes modelling fun, creative and afforadable was /is,  that sense of curiosity, discovery and mutual sharing of information with fellow modellers. I don't know who first discovered the hairspary technique but I was happy to know all it entailed was a dollar bottle of hairspray that could last you years. Or that a dollar bottle of Windex has it's merits for thinning and cleaning of paint. And good old Pledge you all know it's benifits all too well. At the moment I'm experimenting with a paint thinner formula for Tamiya acrylic paints using readily available products Flood brand Floetrol, Ionized water and Isoprobyl Alcohol 91%. Total cost eight dollars and some change. The total yield should theoretically last years.  If the results are positive I'll be letting people know. I just hope none of big model paint supply players get the idea to sell little bottles of propriatary paint thinner for exhorbitant prices. Wait they already do...Wink

I know that some of the proprietary products companys make are good products and at times necessary. But one also has to aknowledge alot of their products resemble bottled water for a premium price.



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