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Some questions about Gunze Sangyo acrylics

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Some questions about Gunze Sangyo acrylics
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 2:16 PM
Dear All,

I'm currently finishing Dragon's 1/35 Stug IIIB (Cat# 6008) and
I plan to use Gunze Sangyo (GS) acrylic paints to do most of the painting.

I have the following questions about the usage of these paints and
I do hope that someone, who have used them, can help me out:

1) I have found a "dedicated" GS thinner for their enamel
line (Mr Color) but I can not locate GS thinner for the
acrylics. Does it exist at all? If no, what "nondedicated" thinner can I use?
My local hobby store has Tamiya and Testors acrylic thinners as well
as some generic stuff.

2) Same as above concerning the "dedicated" retarder for GS acrylics:
can't find one; if it does not exist, then what can I use? The only one that
I've found locally is from Createx (for acrylic paints used to airbrush nails).

Thanks in advance!
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:23 PM
1. I've used either isopropyl alcohol or distilled water with the GS acrylic paints and both have worked fairly well. I am not aware if a 'dedicated' thinner is available.
2. I haven't used a 'retarder', but will be checking back to see what other people recommend.

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Posted by jcarlberg on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 7:12 PM
In my experience you will need to be careful about flat and clear coats over the Gunze Acrylic. I have an MPM FM-2 whose surface looked like the bottom of a dry lakebed after I overcoated it with another brand of acrylic gloss.
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Posted by shermanfreak on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 8:30 PM
Had much the same experience as jcarlberg the last time I used GS paints.....and I do mean LAST TIME. I've gone with Tamiya acrylics over the last number of years with no problems experienced at all.

H.M. & G.B.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 6, 2003 3:09 PM
After looking at the two latest replies (in addition to the
"dedicated support" problems I've described earlier) I'm
not sure either that I'll keep using them. I have looked
for some alternatives and now I think I would also like
to try Xtracolor (Hannants) enamels. They are nicely
matched in color to german RAL's and RLM's,
"dedicated" thinner is present and retarder is not required.
But it looks like very few hobby stores in the US carry
this line Disapprove [V]

And thanks, everyone, for your replies!

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 6, 2003 4:24 PM
If you're working on armor and want a good range of colors, take a look at the Humbrol line of enamels. I find that these paints work very well when brush painting. I prefer them over Testors.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 11:19 PM
After working with the G.S. acrylics i found that they are very good , they also have a very good range of colors for armor, aircraft and also weathering colors. to mix them you need either water or the tinner for the Mr. color range of colors, it will work well with them, I tried Tamiyas and had no problems. for the retarder i use Mr. retarder mild wich has an orange cap.

Good luck !!!!!!!

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