Author Topic: How best do I create a satin sheen using Tamiya flat acrylic paints?  (Read 181 times)

Offline James Reagan

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Tamiya paint is readily available to me through the internet.  I may want to create a satin paint effect on some WW1 aircraft.  I don't believe they offer a satin gloss coat and I'm finding their gloss coat out of stock at many web sites.

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Re: How best do I create a satin sheen using Tamiya flat acrylic paints?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2021, 07:30:44 AM »
If you can locate the Gunze Sanyo clear that will work also. Tamiya Acrylic paint is not water based, but alcohol based. That's why you can use lacquer thinner to dilute it for spraying or clean up tasks.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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Re: How best do I create a satin sheen using Tamiya flat acrylic paints?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2021, 08:25:41 AM »
Hi James,
   Over many years I believe I've tried nearly every version of "clear" finish on the menu. Lately I've been using Tamiya products and I am very pleased with the results. I like a Semi Gloss/Satin overcoat on most WW.I subjects for which I use:


  A mix of 7 parts Clear Semi Gloss X35 to 3 parts of their Flat Clear XF 86. I then thin that with 40% of their X20A Thinner for airbrushing or hand brushing on smaller parts. I'd suggest you experiment with the ratios of the flat/semi gloss to get the finish you desire. I don't use lacquer thinner (as I do with their paints) because I worry about damaging the decals with the final over spray coat. So the method is primer if required, color coat(s), several coats of Future (or their gloss clear) to provide a shiny surface for the decals, then the "satin" over coat.
   I'm quite pleased with the stuff; it's easily available, reasonably priced, dries quickly, and works well.
   Hope this helps.

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Lance
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Re: How best do I create a satin sheen using Tamiya flat acrylic paints?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2021, 05:06:30 PM »
First of, I do use Tamiya clear with laquer thginner over decals, never had any problems with that, just so you know. I have also tried Gunze gloss clear and AK real color clear and found them to som much the same that is no noticable differance. All can be thinned with laquer thinner and/or alcohol. I prefer thinning with laquer thinner and clean-up with alcohol.

If you can get them, for the final finish, I use the clears from Mr. Paint. These are ready mixed for airbrushing and are availeble in gloss, matt, seme-gloss and semi-matt, giving you several options to get a finish you desire. They spray very thin (that is why I seal my decals with Tamiya/Gunze/AK real color clear coat) and can also be cleaned with alcohol.

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Re: How best do I create a satin sheen using Tamiya flat acrylic paints?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2021, 11:40:03 PM »
Hello James ,

For a satin finish using Tamiya paint Lance mentioned an excellent mix . Semi gloss mixed with clear flat you can get different tones of a satin finish adding dept to the over finish .

I don't use their X20A thinner other then for brush painting small details . I always thin with their Lacquer thinner ( yellow cap) and I use this over natural metal finishes and never had any issues of it harming decals or the underlying sealing coats .

The lacquer thinner with the light blue cap is for their lacquer only line ( black label jars ) This thinner WILL NOT WORK with their X and XF line of paints .

However , their lacquer line of clear / semi clear / flat clear can be mixed just like their other line of paints . I'm not sure about their enamal paints , can't get them here in Canada as far as I know .


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Re: How best do I create a satin sheen using Tamiya flat acrylic paints?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2021, 12:36:38 AM »
I add a couple of drops of their gloss (x22, I think) to my paint if I want to add any sort of sheen. More drops, more sheen.

Gunze clear gloss also works.