How to use our paints!

We often get questions on how to use our metallics especially if they can be airbrushed! Our paints might be magical but using them doesn’t require a degree in the mystic arts.

Our paints are water-based, this means they’re non-toxic and will be familiar to work with. Our formulation means they have exceptional coverage and finish; they can even be polished!


We have put together a list of the most common questions we receive when considering our range. If you have questions and don’t find your answer here please feel free to contact us.

Q: Can your paints be used with an airbrush?
A: Yes. They must be thinned however, we recommend 3:1 (thinner to paint) for a good consistency. We advise a needle of 0.25mm or higher, 0.3mm is preferable.

Q: Do I need to use your thinner?
A: We always recommend using our thinner as it has a retarder in it. Do not use any alcohol base thinners as it will destroy the paints consistency and it will clog your airbrush. 

Q: What are the colour triads?
A: Our triads have been put together so that it makes it easy to produce great metal finishes. Each set has a base, shadow and highlight colour. These can be easily blended together to give a fantastic metal effect.

Q: Can I mix the metallics with other acrylic paints?
A: Yes indeed. The paints are mixable and water based so there are endless combinations using a variety of other water based paints.

Q: I heard the paint can be polished, is this true?
A: You heard right! Allow the paint to thoroughly dry, usually 24 hours, and then the paint can be buffed with a soft cloth to a shine.

Q: Can I make the finish less shiny?
A: Absolutely, especially if you would like a tarnished, old finish to your metal, simply wash over with a brown, red, blue or green for the appropriate finish. We will be publishing guides in the future.

Q: Can you show me how to use them?
A: We are working on some fantastic guides with extremely talented artists. For now, there are some really great videos and reviews to watch on youtube and Twitter. Try this link to several videos by JanuineVision – Look for the videos on weathered metals to get some excellent ideas and tips.

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