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I recently started painting my Deathwing Terminators and came across a little situation that made me think of this question.
I have been thinning my paints with a liquid paint thinner that i got from my hobby store. I do have a problem though when I mix some up it starts drying along the edges of the paint and it seems that in the long run I am actually wasting a lot of paint due to that over time.
My question is, can I thin down my paints(Citidel paints) while they are still in the container? And is there a negative to doing it if I can?
Aside from a little settling of the pigments there shouldn't be a downside to adding thinner to the paint pots.
Rapid drying is the nature of acryllic paints.
There are commercially available products to extend the drying time of acryllic paints. Just google 'Drying Retardant' and some items pop up. Or ask your local artist's supplies.
Otherwise keep adding paint thinner to your paints as you use them.
Last edited by CBrate; January 6th, 2008 at 05:05.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
Well I will prolly give it a try because I have a mix of bleached bone/brown that I am using everyday for their armor.
thanks for the imput guys.
I'm with CBrate on this one - I just recently decided to pick up a bottle of Acrylic Medium (Liquitex Ultra Matte, FYI), and it was mostly a "what the heck, it might be kinda neat" idea...
Well, guess what - turns out it works really nicely - not a massive difference, and you'll still have to deal with paint drying (fact of life, sadly), but paints seem to flow a bit nicer, dry a bit slower, cover a bit better, and they've got a nice, even flat sheen when they're dry. (not to mention you effectively get more paint per jar!) It's definitely worthwhile to give it a shot.
You might consider a wet palette. I love mine, and it helps keep paints moist for a LONG time, especially GW metallics, which I think dry out much faster than the regular paints. You can make one cheap, using a small plastic container, sponges (or even just layers of moist paper towels) and a square of parchment paper.