Customs: transparent paint

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  1. grunge

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    I was looking at the enamel paints on testors.com and some of them said transparent. does this mean I could use them on clear plastic and the plastic would stay clear?
     
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    Yes, but it would take the tint of the paint. I asked a question similar to this last week, wondering about painting colored clear plastic i.e. windows and such with clear paint. I was told the color would alter some, but take on the characteristics of both pieces. I figure the best bet would be to paint a darker shade onto a lighter shade.
     
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    so if were to use transparent green on clear blue plastic such as light piped eyes they wouldn't turn out green but more or less blean?
     
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    Transparent paint will take on the properties of the paint underneath as well as the actual color of the paint.
     
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    So Prid Arcees light piping which is clear blue plastic would result in adding blue to whatever color i painted it (transparent paint wise)?
     
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    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Yes, if you tried to paint clear red over the clear blue eyes, it would wind up a darker shade (but still clear). The two colors would essentially combine.

    My suggestion is to test it on a piece of clear plastic (maybe a CD jewel case), so you'll know what we're talking about.

    I will give a cool tip on using clear paints........if you don't care about light-piping (or the figure only had painted eyes to begin with), you can paint the eyes (or other parts) silver. Let that dry good, then paint say a clear blue over it (thin coat). It should allow the silver to still shine through the clear blue, giving the effects of glowing optics.
     
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    Let's see if I get this. If I want to paint a transparent window into a translucent red I just need some transparent red paint?
     
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    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Yes, if the window is clear, you can paint a clear red over it to achieve a clear red window.
     
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    they eye trick sounds cool I may just try it!

    the issue is my radicon tbh, grasshopper. he has blue light piping and I paint his eyes green solid green not clear then I saw I could get translucent green. so .... yeah. ill just have to play with it and see what happens. is translucent paint as thick as regular?
     

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