Customs: What are the best paints to use?

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  1. Wars

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    I'm looking to start some custom work, and was wondering what are the best paints to use with an airbrush?

    From my local hobby shop, these are the ones I can get;

    • Humbrol Enamel Paint
    • Revell Enamel Paint
    • Tamiya Acrylic Paint
    • Humbrol Acrylic Aerosol

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me any advice on the subject.
     
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    Out of those. Tamiya. Marks Model's in town will usually have most of the colors in stock, although they ocassionally run out of some of the metallic colors.

    Proper thinning, with the correct ratio of correct thinners is absolutely crucial.

    Testors and Krylon are hard to get in these parts,
     
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    ...not humbrol. Especially not humbrol enamel.
     
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    Well then, Tamiya it is. The nearest Marks Models to me would be the one in Newcastle near ENRG, so i'd probably get anything I need there.
     
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    Last i recall...the Mark's Models in Dun Laoghaire didn't do Tamiya paint full stop, and told me to try the branch off the keys...

    ..what i'm getting at is the possibility that the branch you're referring to might not stock Tamiya either.

    But hopefully they do.

    And i don't think i can over emphasise what i said about the right ratio of thinner.
     
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    Is thinner more important in airbushing because I asked about that using just a plain brush and people told me I could just dip brush in paint, dip in thinner and paint with each stroke.
     
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    When I use Tamiya paints in my airbrush I use two things to thin it down a little... I use alcohol or future floor polish... When you use alcohol it dries almost instantly on the figure when you spray it on... With future it can help with sealing the paint, just like you are clear coating...
     
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    After moving to Sweden I think there should be a change to this link. Apparently most of the sprays I could get in the states aren't available in europe and some of the paints aren't available in Sweden. I have no clue where to look or what is a good future alternative as for instance because they don''t sell it here (in the land of bare wood floors none the less!).
     
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    Be sure to post some photos and some resources here to help those who live in the same area, or who experience the same problems you are having. Such information can certainly be added to the linked article above :wink: 
     

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