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Drybrushing help
Oberst
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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002 - 11:30 AM UTC
I am currently attempting to drybrush a model. I am using XtraColor enamels. After thorough mixing, I dip the brush into the paint and wipe away the excess paint into a paper towel. When I do this, the paint appears to become traslucent and watery. Then, When I try to then drybrush, the paint is too thin and nothing happens. I have stirred the paints well and am familiar with drybrushing but I cannot figure out the problem.
Please help,
Andrew.
Digger
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002 - 01:43 PM UTC
Mate,

I'm no expert on any aspect of modelling but I find the older the paint the better when it comes to drybrushing. i.e. paint in those gluggy tims which really should be thrown away but you keep just in case.

BTW I find sand a good colour for dry brushing - Testors I've found useful.

Maybe just try another paint.

Good luck

Digger
Folgore
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002 - 02:34 PM UTC
Digger is rigth, you want the thick stuff at the bottom of the container. Take some out with a toothpick and put it on a piece of paper. The paper will dry it even more. I find it is best to use a perfectly dry brush as well. Don't try drybrushing too soon after you cleaned your bush in thinner. Also like Digger, I use Testors Armor Sand for nearly all my drybrushing.

Nic
Oberst
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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 10:01 AM UTC
Thanks everyone for yur help. I just completed the drybrush and everyting turned out great. I now have to finish the lower part of the tank, ie. tracks and roadwheels and I will be done. Will be sure to post the finish product.
Regards,
Andrew

Digger
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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 02:25 PM UTC
I'm glad it worked out for you.

Looking forward to the finished project.

Cheers
Digger
TreadHead
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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 02:45 PM UTC
Herr Oberst,

Sorry, I'm not familiar with " Xtracolor enamels". But it sounds (from your description) that not enough of the basic pigment is making it's way onto the brush itself. Assuming you want to stick with enamels for your drybrushing efforts, may I suggest this;
Go to your local art supply store (even Michael's or Hobby Lobby) and pick up a tube of enamel paint in the colour of your choice. It will cost you approx. $3. to $4., but will last you quite awhile. Use this instead of your normally available modeler's enamel. The reason?
You are assured of a proper pigment viscosity in the paint mix. Just remember, proceed slowly. The affect will be quite a bit more pronouned than what you're apparently used to.

Tread.

Failing that........switch to acrylic's. ;-)