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Mixing Tamiya Smoke + Future. Do you add dish soap, too?

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  • Member since
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  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Mixing Tamiya Smoke + Future. Do you add dish soap, too?
Posted by echolmberg on Monday, April 23, 2018 1:16 PM

Howdy folks!

A while ago I was reading somewhere about how some people had good results mixing Tamiya Smoke with Future to create a shadow wash for things like cockpits, pilot figures, etc.  I'd like to give it a try.  Does anyone use this method and, if you do, are you supposed to add a drop of liquid dish soap to the mixture?



  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, April 23, 2018 2:15 PM


I was tinting canopies of my OH-6s some time ago and I've found that it helps a lot to thin smoke with water and apply several coats to get nice, even tinting. As for shading I'd say try to thin it first and see if it does the job. Then you could compare the effects with some soap added. But we're talking minimal amounts - if you add too much, it could negatively affect the adhesion of the paint.

Good luck with your build and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:30 PM

The soap increases the surface tension of the liquid, which should help it distribute itself evenly on the surface.  I would use it, myself.  I've been adding a drop to glazes I make from water, Future, and acrylic colors.  Future alread has a little better surface tension than plain water, but the soap helps the glazes go and stay where I want them.

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:51 AM

Actually, it is a wetting agent, which decreases the surface tension, but I agree with all the rest.  A small drop of good, pure white vinegar or other source of acetic acid should work also.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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