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  • Member since
    April 2023
  • From: New mexico
Black paint
Posted by John3M on Sunday, April 7, 2024 6:11 AM

When I paint flat black it has a shine so I guess I don't understand the difference between flat, gloss and just black since they each shine. I will then use a matte black to eliminate the gloss effec. I use gloss black for a variety of subjects like underlining chrome but often I just need a duller black. In my earlier life I used black oils to paint on canvas but now that I'm learning all color I need some basics 

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    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Sunday, April 7, 2024 6:57 AM

You can generally alter the flat-gloss range somewhat by how you apply it.  Pile flat on thick and wet and it often looks pretty glossy.  It will also do that if thinned with a leveling thinner.   If I want a flatter finish, I use standard thinner and back up with the airbrush so it's dang near drying as it hits the model.  

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, April 7, 2024 7:56 AM

I find that if you don't stir Tamiya Flat Black really well,it will come out with a shine to it,could be that way with other brands too.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, April 8, 2024 5:44 AM


     Hi, I found that if you flood the paint brush when painting flats ,you will get semi-gloss streaks. I can get semi-Gloss too . All I have to do is let the paint cure and if it's doable buff the surface with a clean soft cloth. Nice Semi-Gloss is the result.

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    April 2023
  • From: New mexico
Posted by John3M on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 10:10 AM

ok i get the techniques but see what i find is when i paint somewhat small parts I also thin the paint if its too gloppy. then test it on a scrap piece of plastic then apply carefully to avoid brush marks. after the semi dries it still looks glossy. so if i want a more flat ill just use a matt black. i just have to keep experimenting 



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