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    Post  philipm1967 on Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:24 pm

    Hello guys

    Reluctantly I have to take the plunge into the world of acrylic paint. I ordered several jars of Tamiya acrylic paint from ebay. So far thanks to several posts in this forum I ‘solved’ the issue of mixing the acrylic paint with a proper medium.

    Could someone please shed some light with what I am going to clean my airbrushes after spraying acrylic paint. Hopefully some proper medium that can be obtained locally.

    Another query is what is the ideal psi pressure to apply acrylic paint. I mainly build 1/72 scale WW2 aircraft.



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    Post  ascomt on Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:31 pm

    Hi Phil

    Well you could use Vallejo or Medea airbrush cleaners.

    I have used both and probably would go for Vallejo. You can buy locally or on ebay.

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    Post  iCocker on Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:29 am

    What Alex suggested is very good and I would advice you do that to get a totally cleanup especially when you need to clean after acrylics ... when working with acrylics I prefer to mix with Tamiya Lacquer or Gunzo equivalent, when I need to clean between mixes I use Iso Prop alcahol and when I finish I use carb cleaners [the same you use for your car] ... [just take away the rubber and you can flush with curb cleaner ...

    PS. Tamiya is not properly acrylic, they are ideal to mix with alcahol or thinners. Proper acrylics are Life Colour, Valleya Air, Andrea, Series 75, Ammo, Mig etc etc


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    Post  Magal on Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:29 pm

    As already posted on a different thread, I have been experimenting various thinning mediums for use with Tamiya acrylics and by far the best results [and cheapest] were obtained with Beta D807 which I bought from a hardware store close by. This same thinner can be used for cleaning and again it performs very well in this respect. However care must be taken not to mix it with water based paints as it turns them into a very sticky paste.

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