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To avoid any com­pat­i­bil­ity prob­lems, it’s often best to em­ploy the same brand of paint and thin­ners. Through trial and er­ror, you’ll prob­a­bly find a few brands of thin­ner that work well with other brands of paint but, when start­ing out, it’s best to err on the side of cau­tion. Vir­tu­ally all hobby paints re­quire thin­ning be­fore spray­ing. Some, such as Com-art and Vallejo Air acrylics, or Al­cad2 enam­els, come pre-thinned. How­ever, once they’ve been used a few times such paints tend to thicken. I’ve found it best not to con­cen­trate on spe­cific ratios of paint and thin­ners, as per­for­mance dif­fers wildly by brand, batch, shelf life, stor­age con­di­tions and am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture. It’s much bet­ter to gain an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the de­sired con­sis­tency to suit the air­brush; in this way, any type of paint or var­nish can be thinned with a greater chance of suc­cess.

Be sure to choose the right type of thin­ners to match your paint, study­ing the in­for­ma­tion on the la­bel and heed­ing any safety warn­ings. With sol­vents, al­ways avoid con­tact with skin and eyes.

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