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Chipping question
Posted by The Blue Sprue on Monday, March 6, 2023 8:31 AM

I'm about to try chipping for the first time, using Vallejo's chipping medium.

If I want to get a little "primer outline" around the aluminum bits, do I need to put chipping medium over the aluminum color AND the primer color? I guess I would have to, right? And does doing that start to add any unwanted texture due to the overall paint thickness?

Thanks!

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  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Monday, March 6, 2023 9:11 AM

The chipping medium will only work on the layers above it so if you want several levels of paint you would need a layer between each coat. Will be trickey to get just an outline but it is doable. The thickness of the paint shouldn't be an issue unless you laid it on really heavy.

Not using same technique but this is what two thick(ish) coats of paint look like when "chipped" to the base. 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, March 6, 2023 2:19 PM

As mentioned, the chipping fluid goes under the paint you want to chip up. If you want to chip multiple colors the best way is to chip one color, then paint the fluid again and paint the next color and chip it for the desired results. It's not easy to do more than one color at once and control the chipping of each. Layers is where it's at.

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Posted by The Blue Sprue on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 4:07 PM

Thank you. Very nice work!

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Posted by Tcoat on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 6:31 AM

The Blue Sprue

Thank you. Very nice work!

 

Thanks. I am old school so that was done with hairspray and salt but no doubt the actual methods are the same as chipping medium.

The key to success is practice, practice, practice before committing to the actual model. I had a large styrene sheet covered in chips and wear before I got exactly what I was after before hittting an actual model the first time. Now it is a piece of cake.

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