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Hey folks,

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?

 

Thanks

 

George

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I use them straight from the bottle for most applications. I only thin them if I want to create a glaze or filter. I have thinned them with water just fine.

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I have several of them and don't usually thin them, though I do add a drop of flow aid.  I have thinned them before and the ones I've done it with thin down fairly well.  

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Thanks guys!

 

Just used the Soft Body Black un-thinned on Takisis' Black head, and it is pretty dark for a 'soft body', (IMHO) and seems to have acted to darken the scales as well as the spaces between.

 

George

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Yup, washes will have that effect.  That is probably why Wappel's method has you bringing your highlights up even higher than you normally would before you apply the glazes and washes.

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I apply a layer of water to the painted surface prior to the wash. It helps carry the wash to the low spots before it stains the high spots.

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I make my own based on Les' recipes, but they can be used straight, or diluted.  I use a 10:1 water:medium mix usually, and just dilute to the intensity I need.  Matte medium is used when I need a little more control and want the color to stick to the high points; this is more of a glaze than a wash.

 

Wash:  pools in the deeper areas.

 

Glaze:  doesn't pool, you want a thin layer to tint the area.

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I use water to thin my paint. These washes are very intense. I have baby poop and it needs to be reduced a lot. Water is all I use. When paint is thin it is important to unload it on a paper towel before it touches the model our it will flood the model.

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