…when they’re out to get you. (Apologies to Woody Allen, who certainly knows more about what this means than anybody. Now.)
I found out that a window cleaner named “Windex” was good for thinning Tamiya acrylic paints. Tamiya’s paints are bastards to use for anything. Straight out of the bottle they provide a lot of excitement in the form of disappointments and challenges a-plenty.
But they CAN be made to work. For example, if you add some Windex (a few dropper “fulls”) you can get the stuff to brush well enough. The amazing finish you can, in theory, get makes it worth the time and trouble to mess around with it. The glossy paints, in particular, are just savagely good. Looks better than airbrushed.
Is it worth the pain to have my cherished name and reputation ( I DID NOT do any those things I have been accused-of… not in Olongapo or anywhere else… much) dragged in the ditch by hordes of old farts like myself who tend to speak with forked-tongue or via orifices that should not be used for speaking, or through, uh, “their hats.”
I submit, at the pleasure of the court, the document “Guide to Acrylic Painting in a Post-Floquil World” by Joe Fugate, who publishes the magazine Model Railroad Hobbyist and has had his book on paint featured by Testors on their main page.
For Joe, I mean.
He–is an expert. He– is a publisher.
For me, it’s a drag because Joe’s writing has this “confident” quality. Like he’s really an “expert.” He’s an airbrusher, so I don’t hate him as much as I would if he claimed to know all about brush painting, but he lavishes praise on Vallejo’s Model Air, and while it’s USABLE paint it’s not good paint. It’s just OK. Joe also likes Badger Modelflex and he’s on the side of the angels there. Badger makes some fine brushing paint. He also likes MM Acryl. I agree on the MM Acryl as well. It’s a fine paint for brushing.
But do not get confused my lovely goslings (I’ve decided to create a cult-like atmosphere here at thebrushpainter) by this. Vallejo Model Air is not the same paint as the other two. Badger and MM Acryl are similar. Both should be thinned with WATER. Only water. No Windex.
I call them “ammonia paint” because they smell like ammonia, and Windex contains ammonia… and stop right there my Asperger’s friend. Do not draw conclusions. No Windex in these paints. Ever. Only water.
Let me go over this ONE MORE TIME. Different paints are different. I use Windex on Tamiya paint. It works like a dream. I have also used Windex in Vallejo Model Air but do not be mistaken, my goslings. That Vallejo stuff is still pretty lousy paint for brushing and if you can get Revell Aqua, MM Acryl or Badger Modelflex then FOR CHISSAKE DON’T BUY THE VALLEJO. Cut yourself some slack. It’s too much work. Use better paint. And if you want to work hard at a paint, then get the Tamiya. It produces a beautiful finish if thinned with Windex and all your work will be rewarded with the ooohs and aaaahs we all so desperately crave.
So what does Joe say in his book? Him say… you no use Windex in paint. He did “some research” and found out that ammonia “attacks” resin in paint so don’t use it, ya sillies! What jackass suggested that crap, anyway!
This jackass did. For reasons I just made clear.
Dammit, Joe. Stop giving dumb advice.
And stop recommending the lousy Testors or Badger or Vallejo thinner. Those thinners have never worked for me (for brushing). I use water in the Testors and Badger paints and have no problems. Windex in Tamiya. Water in Revell Aqua paint, too.
Go in peace.