So I started testing the Humbrol Paints last night. Here's my results:
The first seems like I had WAY too much paint.
The second (dipped in same mix) looks better, and the third is a bit thin.
I didn't thin the paints at all, and used 3 colors (Black, Emerald Green and a really hot Signal Green) The Signal green doesn't even show. I'm thinking that my base color may be too dark, so I think I'll try some more on a lighter green. Water temp was a bit cold, and I'm using 1tsp Borax per gallon of water.
Thoughts or suggestions?
Posted my thoughts over on project guitar...should have posted them here...more active feedback on the swirls...here is what I posted over there:
"Man I wish I had the time to get back into the testing...soon I hope. I have basically all the Humbrol paints sitting and waiting, as well as a bunch of others, that I have a theory on as what ATD used...I will confirm if they work...and explain my theory and how I came up with it...if it works. Otherwise it will be a waste of time!
Suggestion on the dips...the first one is quite runny...the 2nd looks great. You said you dipped it in the same batch as what the first one was dipped in. I would try 2 tests...maybe 3
1. Use the same amount of paint as you did on the first one, but wait longer to dip, allow the paint to set a little on the surface first. If that doesn't work
2. Use less paint, and still allow more time for the paint to float before dipping.
3. And if that still doesn't work, try less paint, and a happy medium of time in between when you did the first and the 2nd.
That's where I would go next - but what do I know? I'm still just testing as well!
Post your results!"
Also, I have a thread over here I started with some of my trial and errors...might help figure some out too...