Step two: Paint Selection
For this job, I will be selecting the following paints:
- Track dirt
- Matt black
These will be used in various quantities in different areas etc to replicate the effect of brake dust, fuel leakage, exhaust carbon deposits and general accumulated crud as detailed previously.
Step three: Paint Mixing:
For paint mixing, I will combine several of the enamel paints with thinners directly into the cup of the airbrush, adding colours to provide the desired effect.
I use a cocktail stick to transfer the paint from tin to airbrush, and a plastic pipette to add my thinning agent as it is more accurate and creates less wastage.
Adding paint to the airbrush cup…
The paint mixture goes into the cup before the addition of thinners.
Adding thinners to the paint…
I am often asked what ratio of paint to thinners is best? I tend to do my paint mixing by eye, and aim for a final paint/thinners mixture similar to that of milk. I know it’s not to everyone’s’ style, but it works for me!
I do know that other modellers have a more scientific approach – measuring volumes of paint percentages and ratios of thinners to paint, but I think life is too short for that!
One thing I do do, is prior to spraying, apply a quick spray to a piece of blank paper. This will give you a true representation of the colour you are about to apply to your model. I think this gives you a final opportunity to change your mixtures if you are not happy with what you have mixed, saving a disaster!
I’ll be back tomorrow with the step you’ve all been waiting for… Applying the paint to your model!