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You need thinner, retarder, and flow improver. All do different jobs.
Flow improver will do what it says on the bottle, keep the paint flowing without thinning the pigment like thinner, or delay drying like retarder. So horses for courses. Also, super useful for making washes flow over the model.
An essential for all painters, useful for brushes too.
I was struggling with my airbrushes clogging up even though I was using paints designed for airbrushes, I was previously watering them down with tap water which I learnt was not actually helping, so I decided to give this a try.
Whilst my airbrush still clogs it takes over double the time before it starts to become an issue, this has been a huge help for when I have lots to airbrush as I dont have to stop as much to clean out the clogs and saves me a lot of time.
This doesn't seem to effect the finish of the paints I use, which are the Jacquard airbrush color paints. The flow improver also helps to mix the colours easier if I need a custom colour.
Only just started airbrushing so I'm new to all the do and don't. I purchased all my equipment from Amazon compressor ,brush,acrylic paint (for airbrushing) and paint thinner. The paint was a bit pricey, so I asked Google for cheaper ideas. Use cheap acrylic paint, with flow improver and a bit of thinner, boom it worked a dream. I mixed up lots of colour in small plastic vaping bottles and getting good results. Excellent product.
I have tried a few airbrush flow improvers/retarders (Liquitex, Badger, VMS) and this is the only one I have come back to. I primarily use Vallejo acrylic and AK Interactive 3rd Gen acrylic. Airbrush products tend to be quite subjective to your paint brand and airbrush model, nozzle size, painting style etc. I tend to not adjust pressure a lot and use three airbrushes so this gets used in all, and is essential.
Probably the product I have used most for the airbrush. Add a tiny drop to airbrush paints to prevent clogging and thin slighty. Add to inks along with a medium or thinner to create a beautifully flowing custom wash that finds the recesses and dries in a similar fashion to contrast, but you get to cuatomise the opacity. Also the bottle will last forever as you use drop at a time.