How To Use TAMIYA FLAT BASE X-21
Start with at a 10:1 Ratio
TAMIYA FLAT BASE X-21 is ideal for creating a flat finish in your paint. Gloss paint can be toned down in specularity (shine created by reflected light) by varying degrees with the amount of Flat Base added. Conversely for aircraft, armoured fighting vehicles, a completely matt finish can be produced.
When used on armour flat horizontal surfaces can have a duller appearance then upright angled or vertical surfaces. Adding the desired amount of TAMIYA FLAT BASE X-21, drop by drop to your airbrush paint cup and thoroughly mixing it into the remaining colour mechanically with a stir stick (wood is best to avoid scratching the paint cup interior surface) or bubbling (blocking the nozzle and forcing air back up into the paint cup cavity to agitate and mix the contents) then apply to horizontal surfaces for a finish misting coat to ‘blend’ colours.
Ideal for for fabric on scale figures, worn leather jackets, boots, and coarse fabric belts, back packs, webbed belting, sleeping and canvas covers or tarps.
[wp-svg-icons icon=”droplet” wrap=”i” size=”1.5em” color=”#F0D62C”] To use simply begin by mixing a gloss colour into a mixing jar with flat base additive and stir. Add Tamiya X-20A acrylic thinner if your will be airbrushing the transformed colour. A beginning paint to flat base ratio is 10:1 (10 parts paint to 1 part flat base).
Note: adding too much flat base will yield a colour that looks milky.
Tamiya acrylic paints are made from water-soluble acrylic resins and are excellent for either brush painting or airbrushing.
These paints can be used on styrene resins, Styrofoam, wood, plus all of the common model plastics.
The paint covers well, flows smoothly, and can be blended easily. Prior to curing, paint can be washed away with plain water.
When airbrushing make sure to use any of the following Tamiya acrylic paint thinners:
How To Use TAMIYA Acrylic Paint
- X designated colours have a Glossy Finish.
- XF designated colours are Flat Finish.
- The paint can be thinned for airbrushing using Tamiya X-20A Acrylic thinner.
- For better paint brushing results use Tamiya Paint Retarder (87114) for a smoother airbrush finish on complex surfaces helping to prevent airbrush paint dust caused by swirling conflicting air vortexes, and when using a brush for a brushstroke free finish.
- To protect Underpainting, Preshading, Zenithal Light Effects, Colour Modulation, Illumination By Panels, Spotlight Technique, Black & White Photo, Preshading, Post-Shading and Weathering applications using gray scale gradient and shading effects use Acrylic Mini X-35 SG Clear – 10ml Bottle Semi Gloss Clear.
Thin Tamiya Acrylic paints with recommended thinners. There is science behind it.
Prior to curing, paint can be washed away with plain water. Change your mind or want to repaint an existing model after the acrylic paint has cured? It’s easy with “plastic friendly” Tamiya Lacquer Thinner.