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  • Member since
    June, 2018
Paint finishes
Posted by Orange on Friday, July 06, 2018 9:26 PM

I have been using Vallejo Model Color paints, but have been stuggling getting the right mix.  I can get the mix to where there aren't any brush strokes, but it drys thicker in some  areas and has a blochy appearance.  

I am thinking about trying out Testors and/or Tamiyas spray paints for the main body colors and larger areas.  I build military models and am currently working on a M3A1 Sturat and AH-60L DAP (MH-60L DAP) from Academy.  Thoughts and advice about sprays or Vallejo Model Color issue?

Thank you.  

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, July 07, 2018 12:04 PM

When brush-painting with Vallejo Model Color, lots of folk (including me) cut it with distilled water.

I fill a pallete cup with distilled water. With some practice, you'll find the right mix of Model Color to distilled water on your brush.

A wet palette is best if painting a lot of the same color. (The linked wet palette isn't the one I use, I just linked it so you can see one and how it works.)

Hope this helps a little bit. IMO, Vallejo Model Color is very good for brush-painting.

-Greg

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:43 PM
I've been using a home made wet pallet for years all you need is a thin sponge some bakers parchment paper and a air tight container that you would use for leftovers. I got some black vallejo paint on it that's been there for over two months gave it a little mix yesterday and was still usable.

Clint

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, July 08, 2018 10:37 AM

Rambo
I've been using a home made wet pallet for years all you need is a thin sponge some bakers parchment paper and a air tight container that you would use for leftovers. I got some black vallejo paint on it that's been there for over two months gave it a little mix yesterday and was still usable.
 

Mine is home made too, Clint. I saw yours several months after I made mine, you posted pics of it a long while back.

I've had the same experience, opening the lid weeks or months later to find perfetly good blotches of paint inside. Pretty neat, eh?

Orange (OP), please note that a wet palette is not the solution to your problem, thinning the paint with distilled water is. In hindsight, I'm not sure why I mentioned a wet palette. Sort of confuses things.

-Greg

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    June, 2018
Posted by Orange on Monday, July 16, 2018 8:08 PM

The distilled water has made a tremendous difference.  Thank you for the information.  I am still getting some brush strokes, but not to the degree I was.  I think now its a matter of correct ratios.  I would post some pictures, but have not figured that one out yet.  

Again, thank you all for the information. 

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Monday, July 16, 2018 10:17 PM
Thin it until the paint just starts to draw in on itself.

Clint

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