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Old 09-13-2012, 13:28
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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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Old 09-13-2012, 13:48
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Interesting!

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Old 09-13-2012, 14:18
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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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Old 09-13-2012, 16:05
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You can also use talcum powder-- that's an old model builder's trick.

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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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Old 09-13-2012, 16:24
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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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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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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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