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    I have four bottles of Scalecoat paint used for C&O structure colors. I have no thinner. This btw, is Scalecoat II. If I cannot locate Scalecoat II thinner, what can I use? Thanks.

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    Hi Rick,

    It depends. What are you putting it on, metal, plastic, or wood. How are you putting it on, brush or spray? I've used lacquer thinner in the past, but some plastics are very adversely affected. On wood, you should be OK. Test the viscosity in a small proportion (and inconspicuous location) to see how it behaves. Don't go any higher than 25-30% (if airbrushing) thinner to paint ratio.

    YMMV

    Jim
    Take the red pill

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    • #3
      I have used xylol. The paint will not last once thinned so only thin as much as you need.

      David

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      • #4
        You can get Scalecoat II thinner from Scalecoat, of course. https://www.minutemanscalemodels.com/category-s/127.htm

        dave
        Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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        • #5
          I use lacquer thinner to thin both Scalecoat I and II for airbrushing. I don't put the thinned paint back in the bottle.

          I've sprayed a good deal of Scalecoat, Floquil, AccuPaint and Tru-Color Paint on injection-molded kits and styrene from Evergreen and Plastruct. Perhaps it's that I tend to spray fairly thin, dry coats, coming back to surfaces only after they've lost their sheen. But I've never damaged any surface (at least not since 45 years ago when I dipped an IHC Alco switcher body in turpentine to strip it).
          James

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          • #6
            Excuse me, but I thought that Scalecoat was out of business?

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            • #7
              I will be painting the Quality Craft Models, Marlinton Station, which is wood with metal castings.

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              • #8
                By the way - what is the difference between Scalecoat I and Scalecoat II? Thanks.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Rick F.


                  By the way - what is the difference between Scalecoat I and Scalecoat II? Thanks.


                  Functionally, Scalecoat II is 'safe for plastics', which I think is accomplished by a thinner that is much less likely to melt styrene. I do know you can't intermix the two paint lines, and the thinner for one should not be used for the other.
                  dave
                  Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                  • #10
                    I have sprayed both types of scale coat, using the thinner supplied for both on plastics. But I always spray a light gray primer coat before hand

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