Vallejo Airbrush Thinner with Model Master Acrylics

Well today I tried out a couple mix tests of Vallejo Airbrush Thinner with a couple of Acrylic brands that DO NOT work with Mr Leveling Thinner.

first up I tried Model Master Acrylic. Good results. No clumping, gumming up, or any other such mishaps.

I then tried the red headed step child of my acrylic paints, Humbrol Acrylics. Again Good Results. No clumping, gumming up, or other mishaps. There was a bit of grittiness that separated from the paint, but I also had that result with Model Master Universal Acrylic Thinner, and that combo airbrushed reasonably well.

I’ll try actually airbrushing the paints in the next few days and post those results here once I have finished that experiment…

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I’ve had good results using Vallejo Airbrush Thinner with Model Master Acrylics.

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Thanks for that feedback Paska. Do you add retarder, flow improver, or anything else to the pair, or just shoot only the MMA and Vallejo Thinner?

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This may be of interest, literally One Thinner To Rule Them All, the standard Mr. Color Thinner: Southern Scale Modeling: The One Thinner That Works With Most Paints For Airbrushing

Not the Leveling thinner, the other one.

Works with many acrylics.

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I use retarder and flow improver depending on the temperature. I haven’t shot much, as I only recently started using it and when I did I shot it straight up without any additions. Too cold to spray here in the winter, as the garage is my spray room with the door open.

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@Armor_Buff, Wade, I’ll keep that stuff in mind if the Vallejo stuff fails in the airbrush, or runs out.

@paska, I airbrush in my garage as well. Got an AC split unit in there to heat it in winter and cool it in summer so I’m covered for all seasons. :grin:

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A nice timely video for folks. :+1::+1:

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Today I did the airbrushing test of Vallejo with Model Master Acrylic Concrete, Polly Scale Old Concrete, and Humbrol Hemp(left to right)

Model Master Acrylic worked great at about a 1:1 ratio

Polly Scale had a few heavy bits come out, but otherwise was good. It’s an older bottle of mine, so it could be the age of the paint.

Humbrol I gave a slightly higher ratio of thinner to paint, roughly 4:3, and it came out beautifully with zero problems.

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I have been using propriety thinners for my paints with no adverse reaction, Mr. color with Mr. thinner, Tamiya acrylic paint with their acrylic thinner and lacquer thinner. Recently purchased Vallejo AK 3rd generation acrylic paint and acrylic thinner (AK11500) very pleased with my results. no paint tape lift etc. your tests are interesting which paint did not do well with Mr. thinner? thank you.

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Humbrol. Mr Leveling Thinner turned Humbrol into a gel. I haven’t tried MLT with Model Master or Polly Scale Acrylics, as I’ve read that similar results happen with those.

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MLT with Mr. Color is my go to :grinning: Gunze marketing is strange, Mr. color this and that…goofy, at least their not on the proper pronoun lunacy :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: too bad Model Master ist kaput, they still make Testors, now owned by Rustoleum. they dumped floquil etc.

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Welcome to the forum, David!

Mr Color Leveling Thinner definitely rocks!
It’s my favorite thinner for shooting Floquil Military Colors.

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