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I'm currently building a 1/48 Tamiya F-16 and first primed the ejection seat with Mr Surfacer black, then painted with Mr Color paint then after detail painting with Tamiya paints I put on a clear coat of Tamiya X-22 thinned with Mr color leveling thinner. I put on a few decals then another coat of clear. After I left it for a few days, I put on some Tamiya panel line wash. I left this on overnight and then went to remove it with Mr color thinner  with a cotton bud. I wiped most of the thinner off on a paper towel. When I started wiping away the panel liner, it started taking off everything down to the plastic in one area. What did I do wrong? Am I using the wrong thinner to remove it or did I leave then panel line wash on too long?

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Hi RedCrown,

 

I do exactly the same procedure as you, except I use enamel thinner to remove the excess wash. In my case, I've never had a problem.

 

I think you are using the wrong thinner. You need to use a thinner that won't affect the paint. I've also had good results using White Spirits.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Tato

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6 minutes ago, Tato said:

Hi RedCrown,

 

I do exactly the same procedure as you, except I use enamel thinner to remove the excess wash. In my case, I've never had a problem.

 

I think you are using the wrong thinner. You need to use a thinner that won't affect the paint. I've also had good results using White Spirits.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Tato

Thanks for the advice, I'll try that.

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I made the same mistake the first time I used Tamiya wash, I assumed it was acrylic. The formula is enamel based so enamel thinner is required.

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Posted (edited)

You definitely should NOT have used Mr Color Thinner to wipe the wash with.  You want to use mineral spirits or turpeniod next time for sure.

Edited by Fly-n-hi

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