OK.. I fell like going " WHOA! WHoa! ... calm.. "
What a disaster! Iíve done panel line washes so many times before and it usually would come out good but this time !@%$$#$ I tried some artist oil paint and some odorless thinner to remove the wash and some parts cleaned up nicely and some came out @!$#!^@ I donít know if the future was too thin or not flat enough but I wasnít happy!
!@%$#$%! The thinner ate through the future, paint coat and I think even the primer down to the plastic in ONE wipe!!! Did Testors start using lacquer thinner Huh??
so, 1st, The flatter the coat on the surface,the more trouble you will have doing your panel lines. They stick instead of running. "capillary action".
You can't do this action without a surface that is a little smooth. I usually can get away with a satin coat,but flat is sort of inviting trouble.
2. Future never goes bad. I have had mine for about 4+yrs now. Same bottle.
3. Testors paints suck. Sorry all you testor lovers but these paints are just a mess. Just my opinion,but I recommend removing those from the equation. Some people CAN get nice coats from testors,but I am not one of them,nor have I seen many good ones.
I use Tamiya Laquer thinner for my Tamiya paints and I get no burn though as you suggested. I don't think it's the thinner in testors,just the all round product.
Again,just my opinion.
The Grumbacher thinner would also break down some of the decals (even covered with Future) if rubbed too muchÖ
Rubbing your decals too hard with thinner, even under a nice thin coat of future CAN do this. Future also needs time to cure. If you didn't wait long enough and it's flat,the thinner can make the surface tacky
again,then it's a slippery slope to ruining the part. Future is not totally
invincible as it would ruin your floor if it was.
The only thing I didnít try was lighter fluid and for some reason I canít find any.
Look for a store that has "pipes and cigars" they always use zippos.
You may need to slow down on the random paints and thinners and just pick a control group for your paints. Then strip the parts you had problems with and repaint. It is often easier to redo than try to fix a problem and make it look less cool. It would be a shame to see all the cool work in the previous pics suffer.
ANyhow. Hope this helps. What I saw in the earlier pics was awesome.