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Looking for Panel lining advice.

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  • Member since
    January 2020
Looking for Panel lining advice.
Posted by JLKahn on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:47 PM

I generally paint my models with Vallejo Acrylics and then put an Acrylic clear gloss coat on top for Decals.

What kind of paint should I use to do a pin wash with? Oil or Enamel? I keep hearing your pinwash should be a different type of paint from the base and gloss coat. I just tried experimenting with using an oil wash but the turpentine I thinned the oils at through the clear gloss on my test piece like acid. 

I read somewhere that enamels mixed with white spirit is a good wash to put over an acrylic clear coat, but I was under the impression that any enamel solvent of any kind would eat through acrylic pretty quickly too. 

Thanks all in advance.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:40 PM

but the turpentine I thinned the oils at through the clear gloss on my test piece like acid.

Wass this a "natural" turpentine? If so, avoid it like the plague. Use an oil-based turpentine substitute like Turpenoid (blue can).

Keep in mind that though odorless, there are still vapors, so make sure you have plenty of ventilation and/or use a respirator. Just because you can't smell it, it doesn't mean that it's not there.

  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Monday, January 6, 2020 6:28 AM

I mix up pastels with water and a drop or two of dish soap for a pin wash and it cleans up with water.



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    January 2017
  • From: Colorado Springs
Posted by mawright20 on Monday, January 6, 2020 12:21 PM
Can you elaborate on your process with this mix?
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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, January 6, 2020 1:55 PM

Some folks use a very sharp pencil. That avoids worries about applying solvents. Personally I use lacquer clearcoats and that works fine for anything less hot than lacquer.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:14 AM


    The few times I've done it( On 1/32 scale and 1/24 scale aircraft) I have used a wash of alcohol and Pastels. This has worked and when good and dry I mist coat it till I know everything is good to go.


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