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Tamiya Chrome Silver Issues
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California, United States
Joined: April 28, 2011
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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 05:48 PM UTC
Good day!

I recently ran into some issues with Tamiya’s Chrome Silver (X-11) not mixing well at all. No matter how much a stir/mix it, it always seems to be “separated” and “chunky” and I can never get evenly mixed. I even bought another bottle thinking maybe mine was just messed up, but same results. Any tips/tricks or similar experiences? Do all the Tamiya silver type paints have this issue? Thanks!

Regards,

Joe
bison126
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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 06:16 PM UTC
I only got once the same issue with a very old bottle which had partly dried.
It never happened again.

Did you try to add some Tamiya thinner?

Olivier
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 09:43 AM UTC
I did, however it still sprays very odd and not metallic at at out of my airbrush.
cabasner
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 03:02 PM UTC
Hey Joe! One more option for you. Have you tried mixing your X-11 with the Tamiya Laquer thinner (instead of the Tamiya X-20 acrylic thinner)? My guess is you may find this a help. However, I have found the Tamiya metallic colors to have VERY large pigments, with a tendency to separate.

I know this is not what you want to hear, but I have found the Gunze/Mr. Color acrylic color, H8, silver, to be VERY much better than the Tamiya solver. It is water based, but has much finer pigments, and sprays a lot better.