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I spray cleaner on and spread it with a paper towel, then use either an old T-shirt or a microfiber cloth to polish the residual cleaner away. Like I said, a lot of people don't know how to clean glass.
This is essential on 3d printers as well. I do the exact thing to prevent scratches on the build surface, especially on resin printers. It's important not to damage the FEP sheet with paper towels. Good tip CTValleyRR.
 

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OK, let's play nice so I don't have to close this thread.
It's quite disappointing that my simple thread on the question of which paints are best, turned into such a debate on cons of windshield washer fluid and glass cleaner. This is generally not how a newcomer wants to experience their beginning of a hobby.

I appreciate your concern for trying to keep this forum a nice place. I admire what you do, it must be a hard job. Thank you and until next time.
 

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My two cents on paints. Vallejo and mission models paints have done a nice job in the airbrush. On the Vallejo air I have found some needed a bit more reducer to work as I like but that could be my airbrush or my mastery of said brush or lack there of ;) The regular Vallejo paints for brush use have done an excellent job for me as well and can be thinned for airbrush as needed.
 

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My two cents on paints. Vallejo and mission models paints have done a nice job in the airbrush. On the Vallejo air I have found some needed a bit more reducer to work as I like but that could be my airbrush or my mastery of said brush or lack there of ;) The regular Vallejo paints for brush use have done an excellent job for me as well and can be thinned for airbrush as needed.
Thanks, Raege! I think I'm going to pick up some of those Vallejo paints. Amazon.com has them for a nice price and they come with a variety of railroad related colors. Free & fast shipping is always a bonus as well!
 

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I still have a good supply of Floquil paint so that is mostly what I use, but lately I have been trying out Tamiya, I have only used their thinner with them, I love the Tamiya panel line accents, have not ventured into Vallejo yet, but will likely give them a try, getting them off Amazon is nice too
 

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I still have a good supply of Floquil paint so that is mostly what I use, but lately I have been trying out Tamiya, I have only used their thinner with them, I love the Tamiya panel line accents, have not ventured into Vallejo yet, but will likely give them a try, getting them off Amazon is nice too
Tamiya panel line is nice stuff. It flows into all the cracks and crevices. I've seen a few videos where paint is thinned with water, and it does just as good. However, I prefer to just buy the stuff. Less work for me. Hope your "Vallejo Venture" goes well.
 

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Tough question, the paints I like and had great results with are no longer made. Polyscale was great along with Model Master. During the pandemic I was able to find the two to paint a grain train. Over the last year I've tried Microlux and Vallejo in weathering applications but not a full car paint job.
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Tough question, the paints I like and had great results with are no longer made. Polyscale was great along with Model Master. During the pandemic I was able to find the two to paint a grain train. Over the last year I've tried Microlux and Vallejo in weathering applications but not a full car paint job. View attachment 593354 View attachment 593355 View attachment 593356 View attachment 593359
Thanks for the comment. I have never heard of microlux, should probably try them. Nice weathering job on those cars by the way. I also see a GEVO back there.
 

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Vallejo will work fine for a full car paint job.

For help with matching colors, I suggest you download the free publication on painting with acrylics from Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine. (www.model-railroad-hobbyist.com; pub is found under "Goodies".
 
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I use Tamiya with their thinner for easy no fuss no muss paint and clean up.

If I need specific colors, I use Tru Color paint with their thinner. The downside is it is not water clean up.

I have nice models and want them to look nice. I'm not cheaping out by using window cleaner as thinner. I'll spend a few dollars and get the thinner made specifically for the paint I use.

I've tried and tried but my airbrush hates Vallejo paint. So I stopped trying and no longer use it. I feel the other two brands serve me well, so I use what works for me.

The freight car is Tamiya. The Engine is True Color. The passenger car is a mix of both.

Have fun and good luck with your project.
Ron
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I use Tamiya with their thinner for easy no fuss no muss paint and clean up.

If I need specific colors, I use Tru Color paint with their thinner. The downside is it is not water clean up.

I have nice models and want them to look nice. I'm not cheaping out by using window cleaner as thinner. I'll spend a few dollars and get the thinner made specifically for the paint I use.

I've tried and tried but my airbrush hates Vallejo paint. So I stopped trying and no longer use it. I feel the other two brands serve me well, so I use what works for me.

The freight car is Tamiya. The Engine is True Color. The passenger car is a mix of both.

Have fun and good luck with your project.
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Thanks, Ron! Those are some nice pieces you have there. Love the Chessie System switcher.
 

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Thanks, Ron! Those are some nice pieces you have there. Love the Chessie System switcher.
Thanks. I'd be lying if I said it was easy. That was a difficult project. It's also a project that was stripped and repainted three times. That is how I came to learn the benefit of good primer and proper thinner for the brand paint used.
 

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I use Tamiya with their thinner for easy no fuss no muss paint and clean up.

If I need specific colors, I use Tru Color paint with their thinner. The downside is it is not water clean up.

I have nice models and want them to look nice. I'm not cheaping out by using window cleaner as thinner. I'll spend a few dollars and get the thinner made specifically for the paint I use.

I've tried and tried but my airbrush hates Vallejo paint. So I stopped trying and no longer use it. I feel the other two brands serve me well, so I use what works for me.

The freight car is Tamiya. The Engine is True Color. The passenger car is a mix of both.

Have fun and good luck with your project.
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Wow that covered hopper brings back memories of the Zube Tubes at Kinnick Stadium. That musta been circa 19foreverago.
 
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