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Matt coming out glossy
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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 09:29 PM UTC
I've been painting some figurs for the first time in about 10 years and have been using Humbrol Master Modellers HM6 Field Grey. Problem is that though this is flat paint, certain areas are flat, others glossy. Any idea why this is happening?

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 09:52 PM UTC
Hi Hip_Priest

I use Humbrol’s Super enamels and have found that if the paint is not thoroughly mixed, glossiness does take place in some places.
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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 10:32 PM UTC
I'm with Savage, mix throughly the paint and you won't have this undesired "side effect". Usually where the glossy areas are, it takes longer for then paint to dry. Anyway once dired you can solve the problem with a coat of transparent matt...
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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 11:00 PM UTC
first thing for enamels is to stir them very well.

another trick that works for revell enamels, and should for humbrol too, is place a desired amount of color on a sheet of paper. the paper absorbs the oily film in the enamels that causes gloss effect.

give it a try, maybe it will solve your problem.
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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2003 - 09:02 PM UTC
Humbrols are a bugger! I used to have this problem now EVERYTHING gets sprayed with Humbrol Matt cote, and if any other finish is required on bits & pieces it gets brushed in with either satin or gloss.

Vinnie
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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 08:05 AM UTC
thats just happened to me ! to shake humbrol isnt enough. when this paint isnt used for a while or been on a shelf in a shop for possibly months the paint will separate,at the bottom will be a gungy lump which will be the bulk of the pigment, on top of this is the "binder" a thin oily liqiud which dries glossy (eventully!) what i nomally do is stir paint with a wooden kebab skewer until both elements are mixed and the paint has a consistent "feel" to it
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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 08:10 AM UTC
Most enamel paints require stirring prior to use, Humbrols just seem to be worse about separating quicker
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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 08:49 AM UTC

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Humbrols are a bugger!



I think this is true of ALL paints if you don't stir them enough...

Hip_Priest :-)

That sounds like a classic case of unmixed paint... ... stir it for another minute or so...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2003 - 02:34 AM UTC
Thanks all for the comments/help on this and the other questions I posed lately.

Cheers.
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003 - 02:24 AM UTC
Like the other's have mentioned, Matte paints no matter if acrylic or enamel HAVE TO be stirred well to get that matte finish. I use to think "paint mixers " were a waste of time & money ........ but that was until I tried one. Now I don't mix my paint without it. The paint gets thoroughly mixed and ALWAYS dries dead flat. I finally got it through my thick head: "Don't knock anything, until I've tried it " This mixer is well worth the measly $10


- ralph
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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003 - 09:05 PM UTC
and like screaming egle says use a mixer but you can make your own, if you have a small dremel like motor tool cut a small thin piece of sprue and make sure it has a right angle on it, insert it into the dremel and there we go instant paint mixer, or you could add a small ball bearing or two into each tin and shake it like an areosol this will also help to mix the paint
WARNING-JUST MAKE SURE THE LID IS PROPERLY SHUT BEFORE SHAKING!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 05:59 AM UTC
Yeah ive got almoust the same problem except i use revell flat dark brown but the whole area is glossy when i use this colour although i tried to mix it and so on
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