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  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Quebec, Canada
Painting without leaving brush stroke
Posted by ww2Xplorer on Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:39 PM

Hi everyone!

What is the technique you use to paint without leaving brush strokes?

Thanks for your help!

Tags: Painting
  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:43 PM

Thin the paint way down to the point of translucent. Flow on three or four coats, depending on color, type of paint.

For painting broad areas like an airplane wing, I prefer a flat brush, maybe 1/4" wide.

It's impossible to "unpaint' brushmarks, so avoid at all costs.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Quebec, Canada
Posted by ww2Xplorer on Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:46 PM

Thining the paint with what?

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:50 PM

Short answer- whatever the type of paint requires.

If it's enamel, lacquer thinner works well.

If it's Tamiya acrylic, the X-20 thinner they sell is great.

I tend to avoid Home Depot type gallon can thinner, but results may vary.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Quebec, Canada
Posted by ww2Xplorer on Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:51 PM

Ok. I am using Vallejo acrylic paints.

  • Member since
    February 2016
  • From: Ice coated north 40 saskatchewan
Posted by German Armour on Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:56 PM

 Never give up, never quit, never stop modelling.Idea

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:29 PM

This is some ancient voodoo I dont understand.   Those that can put down a smooth brush paint amaze me.  This is why I bought an airbrush with my lawn mowing money at the age of 13.  

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, January 24, 2021 7:12 AM

Painting flats without visible brush marks is doable.  Doing flawless gloss paint finish is extremely hard, but can be done.  It takes a lot of practice- I would say it is harder to learn than airbrushing.  Like getting to Carnegie hall- practice, practice, practice.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 24, 2021 7:24 AM

keavdog

This is some ancient voodoo I dont understand.   Those that can put down a smooth brush paint amaze me.  This is why I bought an airbrush with my lawn mowing money at the age of 13.  

 
I'm with you on that.  I airbrush almost everything now...even the backgrounds of instrument dials.  Never been a fan of painting anything much bigger than a button, switch, or knob with a brush.  Even if you can do it without brush marks, the layer of paint is still way too thick for my taste.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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