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Vallejo thinner versus Vallejo airbrush thinner

Discussion in 'Acrylics' started by CJK, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. CJK Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Vallejo has two thinners... One milky white for brush painting and a clear formulation for airbrushes. The Vallejo website states the first thinner is better for hand brushing; the airbrush thinner is not recommended for thinning paint for hand brushing. I realize Vallejo Model Color can be thinned using water but the incorporation of thinner does help to maintain integrity of the paint. My question, is there a noticable difference in the finsh using those thinners when hand brushing Vallejo Model Color?

    Chris
  2. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Vallejo airbrush thinner has a flow enhancer/retarder...this is to prevent 'tip dry'....it doesn't work that well in this regard....and can lead to a shine when used with brush painting for that very reason :(
    Don't limit yourself to Vallejo thinners....there are better thinners that will cover both needs....look for thinners by LifeColour/Ultimate/AK Interactive/Mig.....my personal choice would be Ultimate (y)

    Ron
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  3. CJK Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Ron, thanks for the information and suggestions.
    Chris
  4. MrIxolite New Member

    Country:
    Spain
    The thing with vallejo's airbrush thinner is that it contains butyl glycol, that is excellent to dissolve paint clumps but it also softens dry paint. This is not a problem with sprayed paint but the brush can drag the underlying layers messing the paintjob. In fact, the airbrush cleaner is very similar to the airbrush thinner, but it contains a lot more butyl glycol to dissolve dry paint in the airbrush.

    The "old" milky white thinners is simply a mixture of water, matt medium and i think a bit of flow enhancer to improve surface tension. It allows to thin the pigment count without losing medium density.

    And be careful with other brand's thinners: Model color doesn't like alcohol mixtures, forming a kind of goo in some colors.
  5. CJK Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Mrlxolite, very helpful information. Much appreciated. Thanks.

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