Making and applying your own enamel washes!

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  1. Vengeance

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    Hi guys,
    Seen alot of Youtube vids where people are making their own washes with inks and acrylics. However, I prefer to use enamels usually humbrol, so I don't own any acrylics.
    Would I just thin down a black or dark color with thinners or turps and apply as I've seen acrylics applied or is there a different technique?
    I'm looking to apply some wash to a couple of wheel wells and later a cockpit that are cockpit green.

    I guess what I'm saying is that I've seen alot of tutorials on acrylics but none on enamel washing techniques. Could someone please help me with some information or point me n the direction of some!

    Thanks in advance!!
    Only a new guy here, but really enjoying this site for its wealth of information and members willingness to contribute!!!
    Cheers:)
     
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    I use thinners, preferably the same brand as the paint if possible.

    Have an FSM tutorial on this, drop us your address in a PM and I'll post you a copy.
     
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    I tried to send you a pm but your apparently your inbox is full!
    Delete a few and I will resend!!
     
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    Damn sorry mate! Try again in 10 minutes!!!
     
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    #5 Wurger, Jul 10, 2012
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    The technique for enamels is exactly the same like for these acrylic paints. The difference is that it is better to use a wash made of water acrylic paints or oily paints used by painters. Pastel chalks, dusty graphit from pencils and thin silver markers are the same in use with enamels.
     
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    #6 Rogi, Jul 20, 2012
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    Exactly what Wurger said, if you use Enamel and you don't get it just right, you'll have to practicly strip the wing to thin the thing :D
     
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    Hey, A4K,
    Can I get that tutorial as well via PM?
    Thanks,
    Dale
     
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    A couple of things to watch for: make sure your clear gloss is completely cured or you'll get trouble (see my 109E-3 build thread). Also, it's best to use semigloss or gloss colors to wash with - Model Master raw umber makes a fine wash - because flat or matte paints have pigments that can explode and become grainy when thinned too much, which is what you do when you make a wash, basically. Nothing looks stranger than a wash that has shattered. Except a post from a guy reviving a prehistoric thread.
     
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