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    Today's Paint Tip

    Courtesy of Rick Dale of the History Channel show American Restoration.

    If you can't find a paint color in a flat finish, you can simply mix some corn starch in with any type of paint and the result is a nice flat finish.

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    Re: Today's Paint Tip

    Interesting!

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    Re: Today's Paint Tip

    Quote Originally Posted by JTFazz View Post
    Courtesy of Rick Dale of the History Channel show American Restoration.

    If you can't find a paint color in a flat finish, you can simply mix some corn starch in with any type of paint and the result is a nice flat finish.
    I guessed right on that trivia question yesterday. I was gonna post that info about the paint too, but you beat me to it. Lots of interesting items on that show.

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    Cool tip, and damned useful.

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    Re: Today's Paint Tip

    You can also use talcum powder-- that's an old model builder's trick.

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    Re: Today's Paint Tip

    Acrylics, oil, watercolor? Does this work on everything?

    Interesting if true, def had cases where I couldn't find flats before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erechoveraker View Post
    Acrylics, oil, watercolor? Does this work on everything?

    Interesting if true, def had cases where I couldn't find flats before.
    He said "all types of paint"

    I am sure it would work well with acrylics and enamels that most of us use. Watercolors are intended for a paper or other absorbent media and usually don't have a "finish" like these other paints, so I am not sure there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erechoveraker View Post
    Acrylics, oil, watercolor? Does this work on everything?

    Interesting if true, def had cases where I couldn't find flats before.
    I know that using talcum powder as a flattening agent works in enamels and acrylics because I've successfully used it before-- I'm not so sure about corn starch.

    Also, I've read that many flat paints use waxes as flattening agents-- they're dissolved in the paint by the thinner and crystallize as the paint dries, giving it the lusterless finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTFazz View Post
    Watercolors are intended for a paper or other absorbent media and usually don't have a "finish" like these other paints, so I am not sure there.
    Watercolors are also transparent/translucent and adding a flattening agent of any kind to them would make them opaque & pasty in appearance. I had something similar happen many, many years ago when I tried painting the Tamiya flattening agent for their acrylic paints over an already painted surface, thinking I could use it as a clear flat finish-- boy, was I wrong! The flattening agent dried into a whitish, semi-opaque finish and I had to repaint all over again!

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    This is a great tip. Storing away into the mental banks. Thanks guys!

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