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How much paint/thinner mix do you use?

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    November 2005
How much paint/thinner mix do you use?
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 24, 2003 6:21 PM
Just wondering how much mix do you fine people use? I know that I should always make more than I need but don't want to go overboard and waste half a bottle. Do you guys just fill up the bottle or fill it halfway or such.

I'm guessing the size of the model needs to be taken into account... and right now I'm almost ready to airbrush the fuselage of a 1/48 f-16.
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  • From: Cavite, Philippines
Posted by allan on Friday, July 25, 2003 10:04 AM
I often use Gunze lacquers, and so I usually mix about equally parts of thinner and paint. That would mean a thin but smoother finish. When used with Gunze thinner the paint will remain in good condition even after mixed with the thinner, so even for big projects I fill up only about half of the paint cup. I use a gravity-fed airbrush so filling it up all the way could result in spilled paint.

For acrylics and enamels the amount of thinner or spirits I use is less, but since experience tells me that the paint may begin to deteriorate after mixing I prepare an empty bottle where I can store the paint/thinner mix and re-use the same paint later for touch-ups.

I never thin the entire content of the bottle since, if I find the final mixture to be too thin I'm stumped, and will have to go to the hobby store for a fresh bottle.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by erush on Friday, July 25, 2003 12:43 PM
I don't use my gravity cups, I like to use the bottles so I'll always mix up more than I need if it's a common color and what's left I just use next time. If it's a color I won't use much I'm more careful to mix just about what I'll use. If you close them up tight, they'll last about as long as the original paint will.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 25, 2003 6:26 PM
Thank you... I think I'm all set to give this a try.


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