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Vallejo thinner versus Vallejo airbrush thinner

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

  1. CJK Member

    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?

  2. kagemusha A Fixture

    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)

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  3. CJK Member

    Ron, thanks for the information and suggestions.
  4. MrIxolite New Member

    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

    Mrlxolite, very helpful information. Much appreciated. Thanks.

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