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Ken Portner17 Dec 2009 10:12 a.m. PST

Yes, I know Vallejo makes airbrush paints, but not in the color I want.

So I need to thin the normal Model Color. Any suugestions for what to use as a thinner that will give an even mix and which won't affect the paint's adherence? Thanks.

Phil Hendry Fezian17 Dec 2009 10:56 a.m. PST

I just used water – and mixed it very thoroughly. Seemed to work fine.

Sven Lugar17 Dec 2009 11:00 a.m. PST

I use the blue car window washing fluid as thinner & works great.

Sundance17 Dec 2009 11:45 a.m. PST

I just used water to dilute – not a problem!

Mike G17 Dec 2009 12:02 p.m. PST

Windshield wash solvent. If you look at the airbrush paint thinners at model stores. Windshield solvent is exactly the same stuff as the thinners and about the 8th of the price.


Vosper17 Dec 2009 12:12 p.m. PST

Doesn't the blue tint the paint colours though? Is the windshield solvent available in a clear?

Jovian117 Dec 2009 12:47 p.m. PST

Golden Airbrush Thinner – and rubbing alcohol – mix well – spray away. Works great.

Mike G17 Dec 2009 1:32 p.m. PST

I have never noticed any change in color. I generally am painting things green (go figure), so I use the green windshield solvent. Now a color change might be detectable through some kind of instrument, but I think you would be hard pressed to see any change with the naked eye.


McWong7317 Dec 2009 5:21 p.m. PST

Blue window cleaner + lots of water. Be prepared that you need to do probably two or three more coats with the airbursh than you would with say Tamiya, but this has been the only way to airbrush VMC.

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2009 4:18 a.m. PST

I just use window cleaner for everything the rule of thumb is to thin non airbrush specific stuff to 60:40, paint to thinner,,Windex , which outside Australia is window cleaner.. a blue shade doesn't affect the colour and an advantage is no surface tension spots .. on its own , for everything..I thin and clean everything with Windex much better than water..
I always thin Tamiya as well actually I thin everything I put through the airbrush that isn't a thinner..

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