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Thinners for Spectra paints
« on: October 27, 2018, 12:27:52 PM »
Run out of the kosher stuff, what can I use instead?
It appears to be unobtainable, Airtech do the paint that is rebranded but don't list the thinners.
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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 14:13:50 PM »
I have used normal White Spirit without any noticeable problems.

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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2018, 15:10:54 PM »
Thanks for that, I was at the local model shop this am and he thought that wasn't a good idea as the paint isn't petroleum based.
I started googling, then remembered that solarlac is almost identical and is cellulose based so maybe I'll try a little white spirit and a little cellulose thinners (not simultaneously) to see which is the better.
TBH, my planes don't normally last long enough to worry about the longevity of a painted finish it's just that I'm building 4 wot 4 fuselages to go with the wings and tail feathers from previous crashes and I want to use nylon to reinforce the strength of the glue joints.
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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2018, 09:10:11 AM »
I always use Cellulose Thinners and have had no problems. (It even dries quicker!) HTH

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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2018, 11:10:25 AM »
You will probably find that xylene is most suitable as a thinning agent...and is purer than just 'cellulose thinners' which comes in various grades....from the cheap gun cleaning grade to top coat grade
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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2018, 15:12:17 PM »
Xylene is like rocking horse sh1t round here, besides which it really does my head in, I must be allergic to it. The cheapo halfords cellulose thinners will do for me, I only need a couple of egg cups full, one to thin the paints and a some to clean the airbrush. At 4.99 for 250 ml it's more bloody expensive than gin though.
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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2018, 15:35:20 PM »
Dont you have an automotive paint supplier nearby?

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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2018, 17:19:49 PM »
Xylene is like rocking horse sh1t round here, besides which it really does my head in, I must be allergic to it. The cheapo halfords cellulose thinners will do for me, I only need a couple of egg cups full, one to thin the paints and a some to clean the airbrush. At 4.99 for 250 ml it's more bloody expensive than gin though.


Toolstation flog a 500ml bottle of "xylene thinners" for 8, which makes it only as expensive as port rather than gin...

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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2018, 21:58:17 PM »
Yes automotive paint supplier nearby, but I don't want to buy a large amount. Nearest Toolstation is about a 20 mile round trip, realising the ancient alchemist's golden dream of turning cheap base material into reality as the road between here and it is ideal for scratching my TT and, in the process, consuming about 8 litres of Tesco's momentum.
Thanks for the heads up though, next time in Folkestone I'll pick some up.
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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2018, 15:41:10 PM »
PDR, bought some of your port, needs a healthy slug of lemon to make it palatable though  :-\
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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2018, 16:47:00 PM »
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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2018, 10:02:32 AM »
Thanks for that, I was at the local model shop this am and he thought that wasn't a good idea as the paint isn't petroleum based.
I started googling, then remembered that solarlac is almost identical and is cellulose based so maybe I'll try a little white spirit and a little cellulose thinners (not simultaneously) to see which is the better.
TBH, my planes don't normally last long enough to worry about the longevity of a painted finish it's just that I'm building 4 wot 4 fuselages to go with the wings and tail feathers from previous crashes and I want to use nylon to reinforce the strength of the glue joints.
Thanks for the input, really appreciate it.

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I have used white spirit with enamel pants without issue PROVIDED you use the thinned paint straight away as storing it thinned can cause it to go lumpy.
As far as I am aware Solarlac is not almost identical it is a Laquer and not an Enamel paint, it is also not cellulose based that is why the thinner for it is Xylene

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Re: Thinners for Spectra paints
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2018, 10:27:03 AM »
Many thanks, as posted above I took pdr's advice and bought some xylene, I'll start spraying as soon as we get a warmer, windless day as my spray station is in the open air in the back garden.
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