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LTPK5: Rasia (02823) and Dain (02811)

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Thanks all! I like the colors on Dain so much, I'm planning to use them again. Rasia definitely came out cleaner.

 

My main issues with the metallic paint was that if I didn't thin them somehow, they'd get goopy and hard to control very quickly. If I thinned with water only, it wasn't goopy, but coverage was spotty. If I mixed it with brush-on sealer, or another non-metallic paint, they mostly worked better, but getting the mixture right was fiddly, and I'm lazy.

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Yes, you've run into a pretty standard problem with metallic paints.  The two main issue are that a) the mica flakes are kept in suspension, but if you add water then the paint separates and b) metallic paints tend to have poor coverage to begin with.  You have already tried two of the common suggestions.  Another one is to first paint the area that is to be metallic with a solid layer of paint and then go over that with your metallic.  That way you have a base of paint and are just adding shine.

 

Personally, I like to mix Vallejo Glaze Medium into my metallic paints.  Considering that you didn't like the sealer, you'd probably not like the glaze medium either.

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