I can generally spray Colourcoars paint successfully directly from the tin, but occasionally I believe a spot of thinners would help. The 'tin' suggests using 'appropriate' thinners (presumably, as opposed to inappropriate thinners!). I asked the question of a young lady on the White Ensign stand at Telford last year and was told to use white spirit. I tried this a couple of times but only managed the spatter paint every which way. Neither did another attempt this morning result in tremendous success. It appears to me that white spirit does not readily mix with the paint. Does anyone know of a better thinner?
Advice on the tin also suggests waiting six hours between coats. I seem to remember some years ago someone at SMW suggesting an additive to speed up the drying process of Colourcoats paint; but I can't remember what it is.
Cellulose will usually thin and speed up the curing time of enamel paint, providing there are no compatibility issues. It used to work fine with Humbrol but since the supply was outsourced that is no longer necessarily the case. The only way to see with the WEM paint is to try it out.
always worth trying it out before you commit to your model, far easier to throw away a bit of scrap. just check what type of paint it is. i used to use white spirit with humbrol enamels. i use tamiya acrylic colours now, they spray nicely when i use tamiya thinners, i also use halfords car paint, decant it, leave it gas off for a couple of days and thin it with cellulose thinners. i always clean the airbrush with cellulose thinners. its dissapointing when something messes up, but you need to treat enamels and acrylics with compatible thinners. hope i am not telling you how to suck eggs.
peebee I'll try cellulose thinners on a piece of scrap and see how it goes.
rgriffs I agree with your comments. In fact I use mostly Tamiya acrylics these days, but I prefer Colourcoats for some applications. For example I generally spray aircraft markings, such as roundals, squadron codes etc. and I like the depth of colour and covering power of Colourcoats for such applications.
Hi Calleva, here is another suggestion. Try using Humbrol's own thinners with Colourcoats. It is specially formulated to use with Humbrol's own enamels, but might work well with Colourcoats. May be worth a try? Sounds like you come from the Silchester area. When I was living in that neck of the woods many years ago I used to visit the tiny little Calleva Museum nearby. Is it still there? Reading Museum were responsible for its upkeep. At that time only parts of the outer wall of Calleva could be seen, but I think English Heritage now have the site.
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