Customs: How to thin down paint? (acrylic, enamel, lacquer)

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  1. petes2177

    petes2177 the poowrr?

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    Not sure if is the correct place where I should start a thread 'cuz I'm new to tfw, but how do you thin down paint?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. Anti-Venom

    Anti-Venom Well-Known Member

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    I use water to thin acrylic paints, I don't know if this is the best method though.
     
  3. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Water thins down water based acrylics, otherwsie you can buy acrylic thinner and enamel thinner. Dunno about lacquers.

    Just curious, shouldn't this be in Radicons GD?
     
  4. autobotx23

    autobotx23 Banned

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    Yes it should. Moved.
     
  5. petes2177

    petes2177 the poowrr?

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    Yeah, I figured that out after I posted this, I'm new to tfw.
     
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    frenzyrumble Banned

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    When you asked me about this same topic, I wrote you a very extensive reply about what thins what and even where to get it.. Did you get it? I assume you did, seeing you replied to it.
     
  7. petes2177

    petes2177 the poowrr?

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    You never mentioned anything about thinning in the messages. D:
     
  8. Zildjian

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    Short and sweet:

    Water based acrylic paints: water or the better option of air brush medium
    Lacquer based Acrylic paints (like Tamiya etc): Acrylic paint thinner (made by Tamiya)
    Enamel based paints: Paint (enamel) Thinner
    Laquer based paints: Lacquer thinner

    Hope this helps!
     
  9. mampy

    mampy Movie-Accurate Mampy

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    ^ Future floor polish also works wonders when used to thin acrylics. I thin my acrylics with water then add a few drops of Future to the mix. :) 
     
  10. Zildjian

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    I agree to a point. Future dries VERY fast, so if you are spraying with it you have to work quicker than you would with other means.
     
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    mampy Movie-Accurate Mampy

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    ^ Yeah. It helps to hasten the drying time in between coats and improves the coverage of the paint too. :) 
     

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