Mr. Color and thinner/retardant

Mr. Color and thinner/retardant

Post by microlit » Thu, 24 Jun 2004 22:56:48



In a few weeks I'm going to begin painting a few Koubu F kits that I
brought back from Japan with me, and in preparation to paint I picked
up a fair number of Mr. Color and Hobby Color  paints from
Rainbow-Ten. I'm using the Mr. Color paints because I'm continuing one
kit and starting another, so I figured I might as well stay
consistent. The Hobby Color paints are for a Gundam kit I'm prepping.

Now with Hobby Color paints, which are water based, I imagine they
don't dry nearly as quickly and only need additional water as thinner.
Any special type of water? Distilled water, filtered, or regular tap
water?

Then there are the Mr. Color paints which are lacquers. When I used
them before I added GSI's Mr. Color Thinner 50, but never found
retardant. Short of ordering this from Japan as well, what materials
could be picked up in the US that are compatible in terms of
thinning/retardant properties?

 
 
 

Mr. Color and thinner/retardant

Post by Scott T. Hard » Fri, 25 Jun 2004 00:01:37



Quote:

> Now with Hobby Color paints, which are water based, I imagine they
> don't dry nearly as quickly and only need additional water as thinner.
> Any special type of water? Distilled water, filtered, or regular tap
> water?

None of the above.  While clean-up is done with water, you don't thin
these paints with water, and they're not actually "water-based."  "Water
soluble" would be a more accurate term.  I believe *** is the main
"carrier" used in such paints.  There is a special thinner for use with
these paints.

Quote:

> Then there are the Mr. Color paints which are lacquers. When I used
> them before I added GSI's Mr. Color Thinner 50, but never found
> retardant. Short of ordering this from Japan as well, what materials
> could be picked up in the US that are compatible in terms of
> thinning/retardant properties?

For clean-up use, with brushes and airbrushes, or to take care of
spills, any lacquer thinner sold at any hardware store will do fine.  
For thinning the actual paint, their own thinner is strongly
recommended; generic lacquer thinner is much stronger than Mr. Color
Thinner.

All that said, I've never tried thinning those paints with commercial
lacquer thinner and then spraying it on a model.  If you want to give it
a try, I'd love to hear how it goes.  Make sure you test it on some junk
parts, first, as that powerful thinner may have quite the solvent effect
on styrene!

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