Here is a technique that I have recently used for spraying POLLY
Scale (or AEROMASTER acrylics, which used the same formula as POLLY
Try adding POLLY Scale GLOSS CLEAR (or SATIN or FLAT, depending on
the desired surface finish) to POLLY Scale paint to improve
airbrushing control. Adding clear finish restores and reinforces the
resin binder, improving airbrush application.
I personally prefer adding gloss as this eliminates the requirement
for an overall gloss coat after the colors have been applied to the
Spraying POLLY Scale Using Gloss Clear as Thinners
The technique involves the following steps:
Mix POLLY Scale paint and the preferred
clear finish at a 1:1 ratio. Add a drop or two of detergent/water
mix to each color cup to improve flow through the nozzle.
Set the nozzle of your
airbrush to a small opening and select around 20-25 psi air pressure
on your compressor. The coats should be applied thinly and the color will
build up gradually, but the mixture sprays beautifully with superb
control and minimal clogging.
Use a hair dryer on low heat to "force
dry" each coat to a rock-hard finish. This step also eliminates
"pull-up" masking problems.
The surface may
immediately be lightly but vigorously buffed with a scrap of lint-free cotton
(for example - an old pillow case, tee-shirt or tack cloth). Any
leftover fuzz or threads can be removed with a tack-cloth between
When the paint is thoroughly cured
(usually in an hour or two), polish the surface with extremely fine
grit sanding sticks or paper (1200 and 2400 grit). Using GLOSS
the thinning medium will deliver a "12-inch-deep" finish resistant
to all decal softening agents known to humanity.
The result of using this technique should be an extremely deep, life-like gloss.
This technique works equally well with POLLY Scale METALLINE
acrylics for realistic, non-toxic metallic finishes too. Just shade
along panel lines with sepia and gray washes for weathered effects.
Most importantly, this technique permits fast painting. Great for
instant painting gratification!
And remember that these paints are certifiably non-toxic.
Your health is important!