I'm still in the process of refinishing my '90 UCRG1 (the original thread is buried somewhere in the forum, I haven't posted for quite a while now).
I'm currently practicing my swirling with varied success. I'm using Testors enamels (a mix of both their current line and the now-discontinued model masters), and I'm testing on paper plates with a base coat (sometimes primer, sometimes white) on the bottoms of the plates. Here's my setup:
- Container is about 11" x 15", lined with a white trash bag.
- 3 gallons of water @ 70-75 degrees F. We have very hard water here.
- Borax: 62.5 mL total, about 1.4 tbsp/gallon
I've gone through several colors and my main colors right now are:
- White: Does not spread AT ALL when poured on top of other paints, barely spreads when poured alone, even after I thinned it quite a bit. It what doesn't stay on the surface sinks straight to the bottom. Comes out in huge blobs that drip on the plates.
- Black: Spreads OK when I put it in first, however when I pour it in, as it spreads it separates into tons of tiny little droplets, an as it settles, it becomes more uniform. This hasn't really affected the end result as the problem goes away by the time I dip, but it's still very strange that the paint does this. Thinned quite a bit. Usually turns out okay on the plates.
- Turquoise (Model Masters line): This color spreads a LOT, it often pushes all the other paints away, I usually end up only putting one drop of it in at a time to keep it from pushing the other colors too much. Skins over faster than the other paints but if I move quickly, I can usually dip before it skins. Not thinned at all. Turns out great on the plates.
- Grabber Blue (Model Masters): Same problem as the Turquoise, spreads a LOT and skins too soon sometimes. Not thinned at all. Usually turns out a bit thin and faint on the plates, but not bad.
- Dark Blue: This color is from the newer Testors line, and originally, even after being thinned, didn't spread well, but when it did, it looked good. It wasn't very vibrant though, so I added some turquoise and grabber blue to try to fix these problems, and it spreads/looks better now, still doesn't spread REALLY well though. Turns out pretty good on the plates.
- French Blue (Model Masters): I've abandoned this color now for the dark blue I mixed up, it was very hit or miss, sometimes it spread well, other times it didn't. It also skinned over too quickly most of the time. It looked good on the plates though.
One of the biggest problems I'm having is that the first color I put in NEVER spreads to the edge of the container. Even with fresh water and a clean plastic bag, when I put the first color in, it starts to spread, but then stops because some transparent component of the paint that ends up on on the outer edges of the color skins over IMMEDIATELY and prevents the rest of the paint from spreading. However, when I remove the film and the rest of the paint spreads, it spreads out too thin and skins over quickly. Any idea what's causing this/how to prevent it?
The other main problem is that the Turquoise and Grabber Blue spread too much and push all the other colors away. I feel like these are the only two colors that work as they should
though, because they're the only paints out of the ones I've tested that actually spread like those in all the YouTube videos I've seen. Could it just be that all my other colors don't work?
So here are my questions:
1. How can I prevent the paint from skinning over too fast? I know I can add mineral spirits, but the mineral spirits I have looks like milk, and I'm afraid that it might affect the color of the paints.
2. Has anyone had success with Humbrol's black, white, and french blue? I just ordered some, so I'll be testing those soon. What other brands have good blacks and whites?
3. How can I make the colors spread better? I know thinning them is supposed to help them spread, but I've already thinned them a lot (several cc's at least) and they still don't spread well. I also know that increasing borax helps them spread but the borax can't be the problem because the other colors spread too
4. In most of the youtube videos, all of the colors spread about the same, regardless of what order they are put in. For me, it seems like all the colors I put in on top of another color (with the exception of turquoise and grabber blue) spread very little compared to how they spread if I put them in first. Ideas?
Here's the album with pics of my test swirls: http://s1118.beta.photobucket.com/us...wirl%20Testing
. There are two pics of each plate, one front and one back. They WERE organized in the right order so that each pair of pics would be next to each other (I even literally named them A.jpg, B.jpg, etc.), but unfortunately, until Photobucket learns the alphabet, the order of the pics is all mixed up.
Any and all feedback is hugely appreciated!