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Re: Paint mixture and sun fading
Unless other wise specified paints were mixed by volume. The x parts to y parts is not dependent on units, it could be ounces, cups, quarts or gallons the ratio is the same. That doesn't mean there weren't variations due to not getting all of it out of the can or due to measuring incorrect amounts.
I remember reading that paint pigments did not come straight from a can pre-mixed . So for example 5P could 2 parts white , 1 part blue. I always wondered how much is a part? I also wonder about age of paint and was it properly mixed prior to it be mixed with another pigment? Makes a difference in shade.
Now add sun fading .....oh boy!
Hobby paint manufacturers vary in pigments. Neutral Gray in Polly Scale is not the same as Model Masters with Polly Scale being far darker.
To ease the insanity I use 5 tools. Alan Ravenís articles on ship camouflage, Navsource, Floating Drydockís two books on USN camouflage, S&S chips and this board. If a kit comes with painting instructions I usually find that they are wrong for the time frame of ship fit.
Is this all perfect.....not in the least. I have at 2 or 3 kits in my collection in wrong camo scheme that donít match timing of shipís fittings. Those are future redos
And so it goes.
Is she Gray or Blue?
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