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So what do you all use for thinning your paint? I am using reaper paints and have been told by some of you all that I need to thin out my paints. I have tried adding water(distilled) but the pigment doesn't seem to stick together. I have been doing a 50/50 mix. Is this the ratio? Do I need flow Aid? Or acrylic matte medium? Or Slow-dri? If so what formula do you use? I know it's a lot of questions sorry just looking to get better at my painting.Thank you all in advance for all the help I know you all will give me. :)
I just got 2 bottles of Secret Weapon Washes, Soft body Black, and Stone, and I am wondering if people use it straight from the bottle, or thin it.
If you are thinning it, what with? The Les B. You Tube stuff shows him mixing it up with just flow improver and Matte Medium, so I wonder if adding water is a good, bad, or indifferent idea.
Can some anyone relate their experiences with this stuff please?
I've seen this question coming up more and more from newer painters or those who do not have any experience in paint mixing for shadows and highlights. And that is "What do I do to highlight and shadow HD paint XXX?". I know many local painters who rely on the triad system and have been hesitant to try the new HD paints because of this. And it would also get people thinking more about doing their own color mixes as well!
Given this is going to happen more often going forward as Reaper releases more of the wonderful HD paints, is there some place we can save this information for easy reference in one spot? Might be as simple as someone managing a pinned post for this?
Of course this could apply to ANY paint manufacturer. But I think confining it to Reaper paint here is most appropriate here in the Reaper forums. So it could apply to Reaper non-HD paints as well I suppose.
I always hear "thin your paint". What do you use to thin your paints and where can i get some? I've been using water, but that's not the greatest.
For instance, I was painting some armor with Honed steel. Honed steel will get really thick quick, so I added a little water. It became way to watery and bubbly.
But more importantly I need something to wet blend better. I only recently learned that the way to wet blend well is to thin your paints and do lots and lots of coats. Water doesn't work so well for that.
New to the hobby and wondering both what people use to thin their paints, and whatever other 'essential' mixes are in your painting caddy. FLGS carries primarily Reaper MS paints/additives, so that's the stock I'm learning on. Planning on getting some empty dropper bottles soon, and trying to figure out what'd be most useful to put in them. I've seen a few stickied tutorials/threads with some info, but most are a few years old, and have either dead links, or are based off older paints, so I'm curious what works best with the current formulas.
So - do you have a particular favorite mix? Does it vary for base coats, layers, washes, etc? Metallics? Metal vs Bones?
Basically, what's your homebrew secret?
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