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Old 12-25-2011, 05:37 PM
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Default Re: Switching to acrylics - HEEEEELP!!!!

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Originally Posted by 777 View Post
Dave, can I ask why you used enamels and why the switch? Is enamels for beginners / novices?
Trip,

I still like and use enamels as well (I LOVE Humbrol tins) but the main reason why I have switched to Acrylics as well is:

1) They seem to spray better through my Iwata airbrush

2) I seem to get a more evenly sprayed coat.....i.e. they are a bit more forgiving

3) For weathering. Now that I am hooked on oils as to my previous wash/weathering methods acrylics are just easier to deal with. You can use oils for wash/weathering over enamels but it's just more work to get them to look better. That's mostly because you have to shoot a clearcoat over each layer to protect it.

It's really just a matter of "to each their own" and deciding on what you like best. I am by no means an expert....I can only say how much I enjoy a certain technique until someone shows me or I learn a better way of doing something.

I'll also say this about that: George's little method of taping and clearcoating layers to protect them has given me a wonderful idea I want to try out next time I want to simulate a very thin layer of Klingon Armor. From his perspective it would be a bane to an aircraft however for me it may be EXACTLY what I want to achieve in a "layered" finish.
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