Painting/weathering White stripes

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Painting/weathering White stripes

Joined: September 21st, 2001, 12:15 pm

September 22nd, 2005, 12:41 pm #1

I'm looking for suggestions on how to paint white stripes and make them appear to be translucent. I'm in the process of building a T-64B and want to paint white "aggressor" stripes on it. I've painted white stripes on other Russian/Soviet tanks, but I want to give an effect of temporary paint in which you can see hints of green under it and the methods I've used before usually just give the effect of off white paint that doesn't show any green under it. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try?

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Joined: February 7th, 2002, 6:49 pm

September 22nd, 2005, 3:14 pm #2

add something like a varnish to the paint . not sure what type of paint you use. for tamiya , i would use "clear" . For enamels i would try a relevant Humbrol gloss coat. I think that the gloss varnish would help with the transparency . it can be matted down later. it might work, worth trying on a scrap model anyway.
phil stutcinskas
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Joined: March 2nd, 2005, 1:56 am

September 23rd, 2005, 9:45 pm #3

I'm looking for suggestions on how to paint white stripes and make them appear to be translucent. I'm in the process of building a T-64B and want to paint white "aggressor" stripes on it. I've painted white stripes on other Russian/Soviet tanks, but I want to give an effect of temporary paint in which you can see hints of green under it and the methods I've used before usually just give the effect of off white paint that doesn't show any green under it. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try?
Hey Scott,
I would try using a combo of thinner/varnish. For Tamiya, use their thinner and Clear paint, mixed with a little white. Apply gradual coats sprayed at very low pressure. I'd test it before I sprayed it on that cool looking T-64!
Let us know how you make out.
Cheers-
Bob M
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Joined: June 16th, 2005, 6:19 pm

September 26th, 2005, 11:53 am #4

I'm looking for suggestions on how to paint white stripes and make them appear to be translucent. I'm in the process of building a T-64B and want to paint white "aggressor" stripes on it. I've painted white stripes on other Russian/Soviet tanks, but I want to give an effect of temporary paint in which you can see hints of green under it and the methods I've used before usually just give the effect of off white paint that doesn't show any green under it. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try?
You might try something like this:

Mask the area for the white stripes.
Apply a thin, tranparent coat of white paint with acrylics, allowing the green to show through a bit.
Take a white artist oil paint and thin it a bit with turps or white spirits and use a wide brush to apply a very thin "glaze" over the white acrylic paint. (The intent is to re-create the appearence of hand-applied paint.)
Remove mask.
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