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Why chip with acrylic paint over acrylic base coat?

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  • Member since
    September 2020
  • From: UK
Why chip with acrylic paint over acrylic base coat?
Posted by CliveEH on Monday, June 28, 2021 6:24 AM

Why is chipping usually done with acrylic paint (rather than oils) over an acrylic base coat (or acrylic clear coat)?  

 I'm watching hugely respected You-tubers pin wash, streak and panel line wash with oils or enamels and then use acrylic to chip  These guys are superb at chips whilst I can never rectfy my mistakes without leaving the usual acrylic on acrylic "scars"

Why not chip with oils for all the good reasons that apply to other types of weathering?

thank you

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, June 28, 2021 6:33 AM

I think its mainly down the the colour options. When useing oils for weathering they do not need to be colour specific. But the chips require a certain colour to show through, such as the bare metal or a previous colour or primer underneath. I don't add chips often but when i do i use acrylics or enamels depending on what colour i need.

Depending on your subject, i would not worry to much about chipping as IMHO its largely over done and more of an artistic effect, unless of course an artistic finish is what you are after.

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  • Member since
    September 2020
  • From: UK
Posted by CliveEH on Monday, June 28, 2021 9:01 AM

Thank you Bish.  It certainly needs practice to get the scale and shape right so it doesn't look painted, plus knowing when to stop. Chipping fluid is great but not the same control or ability to vary the intensity of the scratches (a lighter shade of the base coat/primer/bare metal)

  • Member since
    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, June 28, 2021 2:10 PM

Have you tried salt chipping by chance ? 


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