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    Paint experts HELP!!!

    All you paint experts out there, I don't know if this is the place to ask but, can anybody tell me how to thin out Testors acrylics and enamels for weathering purposes besides certain types of paint thinner???? I know this is probably a whacked out question, but I have no access to thinner right now! Much appreciated and thanx for future info!!!
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    Testors acrylics can be thinned with water. Start with a 2:1 water to paint ratio for a wash. Try and put it on as thinly and evenly as possible. Let it dry completely before re-applying.
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    Thanx, and much appreciated for the quick response Sawgunner!!! This is exactly the info I was after. Was it your technique with the powdered graphite? I'm definitely going to try that one too!!! THANX again!!!
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    You're welcome. Yes, I use the powdered graphite on weapons weathering. It gives that "blue steel" appearance.
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    Remember when using powdered graphite, to rub, rub, rub to get that mettallic shine.

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    Where do you find powdered graphite? Is it derrived from pencil lead?

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    yep - thats the easiest source. Get a pencil - usually a soft one - 2b or similar, and a small sheet of sandpaper. Rub like hell for a while and then reap the rewards of your efforts.
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    um not really......The finely ground powdered graphite I use comes in a nice squeeze bottle...from:
    www.dickblick.com

    http://www.dickblick.com/zz229/24/
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    Powdered graphite

    Sawgunner,

    Does the powder stay on? Or you seal it?

    Thanks for the info!!!!

    Kat Cole

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    u can use water in your paint to get a weathered look?? good trick, u put it in the acrylic or enamel??

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    Water in acrylics...........mineral spirits for enamels. The graphite will stay on. Just rub in real good.
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    Thanks Sawgunner! Hey check-out this site for metal weapons. I buy them unpainted.

    http://www.thetoysmith.com

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    so do u paint the wateres ayrcrilic over a good coat of the same paint to get the weatherd look?

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    You can thin down acrylics with water and use them as a wash. Depending on what type of weathering you are looking for will dictate the color you use.
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    Kat Cole - Hey, thanks for the toysmith.com link. Awesome! Just found a few items for a Lone Ranger & Tanto kitbash I've been wanting to do for a while. Know where I could get me a pair of horses? One white (Silver) one brown (Scout)?
    Thanks!

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