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paint viscosity
Posted by seastallion53 on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 4:56 PM

Is there a way to thicken AK paint without changing the color at all?

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Posted by MJY65 on Thursday, December 30, 2021 5:45 AM

My first thought would be to leave the cap off and allow some evaporation to take place while giving it a stir ever few hours to keep it mixed.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, December 30, 2021 7:44 AM

MJY65

My first thought would be to leave the cap off and allow some evaporation to take place while giving it a stir ever few hours to keep it mixed.

 

I had the same thought, let some of the solvents evaporate off. That could be done to the entire bottle or to just was is being used in a mixing cup. And I'm assuming you're speaking of solvent paints.

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Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, December 30, 2021 8:13 AM

What is your issue besides 'too thin'?   Are you trying to hand brush some airbrush ready paint?  Are you using their regular acrylics, or the 3rd generation stuff?    Are you using their lacquers, enamels or oils? There are some colors which the pigments are so fine (particularly reds & yellows) that you have trouble getting coverage in 'one coat' and think thicker paint more may be needed.  Specific info is needed.

My initial recommendation for thickening acrylic paint would be to go the artist supply aisle in your local hobby emporium and look at some of the artist paint mixing pastes and media.    However that may change the paint tone or value -- they won't change the color

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Posted by seastallion53 on Thursday, December 30, 2021 11:13 AM

I applied mission models black on an albatross then i tried to use tamiya gray green for the metal parts on fuselage but the black paint repelled the tamiya paint so i have AK airbrush gray green which is fairly thin.I don't need to order a bottle of gray green for just this one job.i don't have a hobby shop any closer than 2hrs away.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, December 30, 2021 1:01 PM

You might be surprised how well the AK works as is. but test first before applying to your model. What I do is use empty prescription bottles and do a whole work up as if painting a model, from primer on up and that  fends off many surprises because  quite a few are found out, be that for the good or bad. With all the pills I take it's not as though I don't have enough bottles around lol.

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Posted by seastallion53 on Thursday, December 30, 2021 2:55 PM

Good idea,thanks

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, December 30, 2021 4:12 PM

seastallion53

I applied mission models black on an albatross then i tried to use tamiya gray green for the metal parts on fuselage but the black paint repelled the tamiya paint so i have AK airbrush gray green which is fairly thin...

I think rather than thicken the paint, you just need to apply several coats.  Each will be thin, but you'll build up the color opacity with a couple of coats. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 2, 2022 7:18 AM

When you say repel you mean it beads up over the black paint? Sounds like paints may not be compatible? 

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