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Airbrush trouble

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    January 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, May 17, 2019 5:19 PM





People want ratios, it's not about ratio, it's about proper viscosity.


That's it, I agree. I'm a rule guy. I like definitive solutions, like ratios. It took me a while to buy into the method we are talking about. I'd much rather have a hard and fast rule or ratio.  But after I decided that Aaron was on to something afterall, life with Vallejo and acrylics in general has been better.



I'm the same way, I like ratios.  I only use Tamiya, and it's very simple.  2 parts paint to 1 part thinner.  I use droppers, so I literally count the drops.  I do this right in the mixing cup, putting the thinner in first.  Shoot at 20 PSI.  Works perfect every single time.  
My biggest frustration with airbrushing when I started out was eyeballing, etc.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes not.  Every brand of paint was different too.  
This is why I only use one brand of paint now (Tamiya). No guessing, etc.  Once I switched to Tamiya, it really made airbrushing fun for me.  


Of course every brand is different. That’s why we need to figure out the paint:thinner ratio for each brand of paint. Not all paint brands follow the 2 part paint to 1 part thinner rule. Don’t get me wrong. I like Tamiya just as the next guy. The only knock I have with Tamiya is their limited color range and I don’t like mixing my paints to get a certain shade I need.

I have a total of about 8 or 9 different brands of paints (including Tamiya) of various colors in my stash both enamel and acrylics. You just need to experiment the ratio that works for each brand.


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