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Airbrushing with AK interactive True Metal
Posted by RBolton on Monday, November 22, 2021 8:36 PM

Hello,

 

Can you airbrush AK Interactive True Metal paints (in the tube) if so what do you thin it with?

 

Thanks

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 3:46 AM

I went to AKinteractive.com and got this quote from the site:

 
Wax based paints to achieve incredible and realistic metal finishes. They can be applied by brush, with a cotton swab, using your fingertip or even by airbrush thinning the paint properly. True metal is the paint that Terminator would have dreamed.
 
However I did not see what thinner constitutes " proper thinning". At a video I watched white spirits was alluded to as that thinner. If that be the case then odorless mineral spirits would work but there was no example of it being used. I don't think it matters a whole lot actually, because you buff it smooth anyway. The brushed examples looked good to me.
 
Edit: Here's another quote from the manufacturer; 
Metallic paint created from a wax base. Made from high quality pigments, achieving extremely realistic effects. Specially designed for modelers, these waxes can be applied by brush, with the fingertip, with a cotton swab or ever with airbrush diluted with our Thinner and getting a fine surface. Once dried, it can be polished to achieve a metallic finish. Recommended to prime first and can be varnish with acrylic too. This is a wax base so It is recommended allow 48h to be completely dry.
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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Monday, November 29, 2021 6:16 PM

Don't bother with these.

Use either AK's Xtreme metal or Vallejo Metal Color, or as I do, both.

They are airbrush ready and easy to use and lay down producing a lifelike result. I usually put a coat of AK's Intermediate Gauzy Agent which is a clear coat protectant as neither metal paint lines like handling or masking despite claims.

Give both paints 24 hours curing time (same for the Gauzy agent) although you can work with them quite quickly after application. but a wise man doesn't rush these things.

Steel rims done with Xtreme Metal Steel and Gauzy agent.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:41 PM

For the wear points on steel wheels I use Rub n Buff. Ak real metal paints are quite good too.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 7:25 PM

plasticjunkie

For the wear points on steel wheels I use Rub n Buff. Ak real metal paints are quite good too.

 

What Rub n Buff colors do you recommend for steel wheels maybe pewter ?

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, December 2, 2021 10:25 AM

I will check when I get home. I think it's called leaf or bright silver. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:57 AM

Tojo72

 

 
plasticjunkie

For the wear points on steel wheels I use Rub n Buff. Ak real metal paints are quite good too.

 

 

 

What Rub n Buff colors do you recommend for steel wheels maybe pewter ?

 



Its Silver Leaf

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, December 3, 2021 7:12 AM

Speaking of Rub n Buff, there was an article or discusion a while back about someone using it as a finish on a NMF build. Have no idea if decals will adhere to it.

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