Thinning ratio for games workshop acrylics for airbrushing?

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Thinning ratio for games workshop acrylics for airbrushing?

  •   Just wondering what is the best ratio for thinning games workshop acrylic paints for use in airbrushing, since I have no clue.  You use just water, right?  And do gloss/flat/metalics need to be thinned diferently?  Thanks, Ian
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  • Start with 3 parts paint to 2 parts original Windex and go from there.

    The other paints should be about the same. 

    Bruce
  • Why windex? will water work as well?  and wouldn't bluish tinted windex give white paint an odd tinge?  Thanks Ian.
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  • Just answered my own question with some testing.  I found a mixture of 3 parts paint to 3-4 parts thinner worked nicely.  According to their website though they said 7 parts thinner to 3 parts paint.  Maybe Ill try that too.
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  • Did you thin with the water or Windex? Windex is what a lot of people use to thin the craft paint type acrylic paints, like GW, Vallejo, Reaper, etc. I believe the ammonia is supposed to help adhere a little better. But water should work too.

    And no the Windex doesn't affect the color of the paint at all. I've used a whole lot of Vallejo Game Color White Primer on my minis thinned with it and there's no blue tint at all.

    By the way, if you're using the airbrush to do minis with I would highly recommend Model Master  Acryl white or grey primer. I've changed over to that recently. Super smooth.
     

    Bruce
  • I used Isopropyl Alcohol. 
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  • windex really works as well as water to thin acrylics?
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  • I wouldn't use Windex to thin with. Windex contains Ammonia and that is the very reason Windex works so well to remove acrylic paints.

    So long folks!

  • I have to agree, I use ammonia to take bad acrylic paint jobs off. Iso alcohol is what i use to thin acrylics for spraying but I picked up a bottle of Vallejo airbrush thinner and it seems to work fine, thinning to regular airbrush consistency.

    Now, metallics.  Oh boy. GW old gold and copper have gone round and round many a time using just a brush and "magic wash" as outlined on the Reapermini.com forums and The Craft page at that website,and I wont consider airbrushing it. I have a hard enough time cleaning it from my brush, I dont want to try the AB. I will use my Alclads for anything metallic, or common Model Master enamels.

    David

     

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