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Prevent chalkiness?

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Hey guys I am needing some help in preventing the chalky look that some of my minis get.  

 

Do I need to thin my paint better?  Do I need to add something to my paint (drying retarder, flow improver, etc.)?

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Some pigments are more chalk-y than others. The easiest solution is to thin them more and apply in more layers.

Alternately you can thin chalky paints with a 20% flow release/aid solution.

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Thanks!  I should probably add that I mostly use the MSP paints, a few P3, and Vallejo game and model colors.

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I've heard quite a few people recommend adding some brush on sealer when thinning flesh tones to prevent chalking. I've noticed it helps a lot, especially with those fair skin tones. It would probably help with most pale colors.

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Some medium is usually used. This is recurrent common question, the Search tool (up and to your right) is your best friend for this one, you can find a LOT of info.

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My Pure White from the Reaper HD series usually ended up chalky. As others have said, thinned it with water and applied more light coats. 

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