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 Posted: Wed Aug 27th, 2008 05:59 pm
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Lawrence wrote: Guys, one of the problems I do have with acrylic washes is they always seem to end up shiny (I have tried 3 different acrylics) and also what would you suggest to get around the pooling effect, where a pool of wash will gether in a corner?  I always wash, rinse and dry the parts before building.

Best try some matt acrylics next time Lawrence!! :lol::lol:

Seriously, as long as the paint is well stirred to start, I've never had a problem with using matt acrylics for washes. I've done 3 different pieces today and all are drying a flat matt finish!!

As for the pooling effect, which you'll get whatever type of paint you use, dry your brush on a rag and then gently touch the corner of the "pool". The brush should pick up the excess. Alternatively use the folded corner of some bog roll   ...   horses for courses, picks up no end of wet stuff. :lol::lol::lol::lol:


 

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 Posted: Wed Aug 27th, 2008 11:00 pm
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I do prefer to use acrylics but they can be really fussy about plastic. The pooling effect is very irritating too, and even laying the parts perfectly flat doesn't guarantee it won't happen :evil: I'm always dabbing and blotting them.

 Pastels will definitely help with the shine, though, as does a light spray of artist's matt varnish or fixative.  Once there's some acrylic or enamel paint on there the pastels adhere much better. My station building was done with acrylics, then pastels, then a spray of fixative. Even without the spray the pastels will survive if you don't handle the building too much.
 The drawback is that you MUST avoid the glazing when you spray. You'd have to be very sure you had the glazing well hidden if you were to spray with it in place.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 28th, 2008 02:20 am
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Lawrence wrote: owen69 wrote:  Might even have a go at the individual bricks too, that however, is eyesight dependant :roll::lol:

Lawrence,

You won't have to be too precise, in N scale no-one is going to notice anything but an impression on your layout anyway :D

(Unless you zoom right in with a camera and then post the photo on a Model railway forum :???: ) :cool:

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MikeC wrote: I do prefer to use acrylics but they can be really fussy about plastic.  
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Mike, I assume you mean the difficulty sometimes in getting the first coat to "take". It's the only drawback that I can find with acrylics and applies to sheet material more than anything else.

When it's possible and by this I mean when I'm not using an embossed sheet with very shallow detail, I usually rub over the part to be painted with a fine sandpaper (just enough to take the shine off the surface) This usually helps significantly.

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Good tip, Jeff. Thanks - I wouldn't thought of doing that.

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