Has anyone used nail polish with an airbrush to paint props or models?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by TheSt.LouisKid, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. TheSt.LouisKid

    TheSt.LouisKid Sr Member

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    If so, what were the results and what worked well?
  2. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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  3. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    I don't know I think I'd stick with paint. It did make me think of that Home Improvement episode where Jill touched up the paint on the car with nail polish and Tim flips out. :lol
  4. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    It's enamel paint and they do air brush it at salon's.
    They have an assortment of iridescent and metallic paints that I don't think you can get with regular model paint.
  5. amouro

    amouro New Member

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    I did this 15+ years ago on a model corvette. It turned out real well. I think I used acetone to thin it. Anyway, I don't know if it's just regular enamel. For one it dries a bit faster. I also seem to remember trying enamel thinner first and ending up with a goopy mess. Then again it might vary by brand.
  6. propninja

    propninja Member

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    Works great, thin with lacquer thinner use light dusting coats till you get a good surface
  7. joberg

    joberg Master Member

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    Works really great and dries really fast (acetone used as a thinner will do that for ya) Also, to apply many coats in a short amount of time, you can use baby oil between coats.
    The "varnish" component of the nail polish will rise to the surface quicker and dry even faster! Don't forget to remove the oil before each coat, of course.
    As for the cleaning of the airbrush, acetone, baby oil and finishing with acetone will do the trick.
    Good luck!

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