Marcel Tualla (
Wed, 28 Mar 2001 21:14:03 -0500

True... True...

I basically agree with most of your points here.
I've just personally never used lacquered thinners
except for cleaning HUGE brushes used by certain
types of wall paints. Other wise I've used the coordinating
enamel/acrylic thinners to clean our my brushes immediately
after usage.

Actually Testors does have a line of acrylic paints called
"Model Masters." Quite the the nice finish. Mainly used
by train and armor type modellers (according to the hobby
store clerks). Any way nice to know that there are very
knowledgeable fellow modellers out there.



CHIN, Chien Ting wrote:

> Marcel Tualla wrote:
> > Gunze Sangyo he is using IS an acrylic and when in its liquid state IS water
> > soluble.
> Wrong wrong wrong. GS has two types, what's commonly available in US is
> acrylic (the H series). In Asia, equally available is the lacquer series
> (no H, just numbers). Gundam Color (the jars not the liners) is part of
> the lacquer series. If you don't believe me, believe Max.
> > I actually have 2 sets of brushes one set for my acrylic paints and
> > another set for my enamel based paints. I also find that after
> > cleaning your brushes with a lacquered thinner that if you use an
> > acrylic painted right after, the acrylic paint takes one or two "dips"
> > before the paint finally clings to the brush.
> There are 3 types of paints, not just 2. Acrylic (GS and Tamiya), enamel
> (Tamiya and Testor) and laquer (GS). Acrylic is not compatible with the
> other 2. Enamel and laquer thinners are also different, but can mix a
> little bit. Laquer thinner is not "stronger", it's not as effective as
> enamel thinner for washing enamel. That's why the acrylic paint takes
> longer to cling on the lacquer-washed brushes. If you are using only
> acrylics and enamels, then there's no reason for you to use lacquer
> thinner ever.
> It's not a bad idea to use 2 or 3 sets of brushes for different types of
> paint, but I am too lazy to do that myself :)
> > General rule of thumb is to use lacquer based thinners to clean and
> > thin your enamel based paints and brushes and the prespective acrylic
> > thinner to thin and clean the acrylic brushes and paints.
> Wrong. The correct rule of thumb (and fingers and toes) is to use lacquer
> thinner for lacquer paint, enamel thinner for enamel paint, acrylic
> thinner/water/alcohol for acrylic paint. Lacquer and enamel thinners
> smell differently, not that I do it regularly ;)
> Use brandname thinner for mixing paint, use bulk thinner for washing
> brush. If your brushes are so delicated that it's destroyed by household
> thinner, you are probably using plastic or man-made fibre. They are crap.
> :)
> It's true given enough time, lacquer thinner can dissolve anything, but I
> don't think you can do anything constructive with that.
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