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Washes on top of alclad and spaz stix chrome....Hmmm


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I know this isn't a car, but i recently picked up this motorcycle chopper "Grim ripper" kit by monogram.  The chrome is actually pretty good, but locator points are to be questioned once i take a real good look at it next time I'm able too, but I'll probably be re-chroming everything as i love doing it and gives a more realistic look to a model.  But my question is as in the pic the cylinder heads have I'm sure a black wash on the kit chrome, but would a wash even be compatible with alclad and spaz stix? Only wash i have is tamiya panel line black.  I probably should just do some testing, but figured I'd ask just incase someone has already done the dirty work lol.  If tamiya wouldn't work? What would? Would i have to make a acrylic wash? 

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I painted the grill on this Buick with Alclad Chrome and used cheap acrylic craft paint(thinned with water) for the black wash. And used a cue tip soaked in water for clean up. Learnt the technique from John Teresi.

 

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3 minutes ago, Cool Hand said:

I painted the grill on this Buick with Alclad Chrome and used cheap acrylic craft paint(thinned with water) for the black wash. And used a cue tip soaked in water for clean up. Learnt the technique from John Teresi.

 

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Dang that looks good man.  Would tamiya acrylic flat black watered down work? Or just get some cheap black craft paint like apple barrel or something and thin it down? How much do you thin? Because too much thinning it would lose its properties i would think.

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The alcohol in the Tamiya acrylic paint will eat into the Alclad. Best to go with craft paint like the Apple Barrel, think I used Plaid.

 Thin it down enough so that it will help flow into the crevices. Do some experimenting to work out the ratio.

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22 hours ago, Cool Hand said:

The alcohol in the Tamiya acrylic paint will eat into the Alclad. Best to go with craft paint like the Apple Barrel, think I used Plaid.

 Thin it down enough so that it will help flow into the crevices. Do some experimenting to work out the ratio.

 

19 hours ago, R. Thorne said:

Cheap, thinned, craft paint is the only way to go for panel lines, etc.  The Tamiya did a number on the paint job of one of my models.  Consequently, I only use it on kit chrome grilles now.

 

Alright thank you guys so much for the help. Hope y'all have a merry christmas.

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BTW, if you add just a drop of dish soap to the Acrylic wash, it really helps it to flow on enamel or laquer paints. The dropof dish soap breaks the surface tension and allows it to settle in really nice. If it needs a little shine, add a few drops of Future. Future also adds a bit of durability.

I prefer the Acrylic wash over the Tamiya wash as it will not damage anything you put it on. However, I still use Tamiya on kit chrome, it works really well. 

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