> I just got some Mr Retarder mild and Mr Color thinner. I have been using
> lacquer thinner. I mixed my paint in this order: Paint, a couple drops of
> Retarder, and 50% thinner. Worked better than ever as far as my beginning
Good way to start out - by adding a few drops to the small paint mix, you're
increasing the percentage of retarder in the mix, more than you would if you added
the bottle of Retarder to the bottle of thinner.
> airbrush work goes. I am reading about mixing the retarder with the thinner,
> not the paint. Is there a difference? And what is correct? And finally, can
Both are correct - just a different method of using the retarder.
By adding the retarder to the bottle of thinner, you're ensuring that every time you
spray with thinner, it's got retarder in it.
The difference is, if you manually add a few drops of retarder to each paint batch,
there's a greater percentage of retarder in the mix.
Add the retarder to the thinner, and the percentage is less, because it's spread out
over the entire contents of the bottle of thinner.
Add a few drops to each mix for good performance, add an entire bottle of retarder to
thinner for economy.
> I mix the whole tiny Mr Color bottle with thinner and retarder and cover or
> should I do as I am curently doing, a paint cup at a time?
Stick with what's working now - a few drops of retarder to each small batch of paint.
As you get more experienced, you can add a bottle of retarder to your bottle of
thinner, thereby using less retarder per batch of paint.
> Thanks for your input. I love this group.
> Mark Desmet