The Magic Wash !?!?!????

Washings in model making

Washings in model making

You read it again and again, the ominous "Washing" ... Washing is an old method in model making to highlight details. Washing is a very thin color, similar to a glaze. The thin, fluid color rests in the recesses and the edges of the raised details on the model. As a result, the details are more noticeable to our eyes. There are washings based on oil, enamel and acrylic paints. Manufacturers such as Citadell, AK Interactive or Vallejo offer a wide range of finished washes.

Make washings yourself? Is this possible?

Anyone who has tried washing with acrylic water-based paints will find it doesn't work! Something is missing ...

Like many others, I spend too much time on my cell phone. Some say too much... Social networks like Facebook or Instagram are both a blessing and a curse. In recent years, many scale modeling groups have been founded on Facebook. In addition to these groups, there are also many very interesting blogs there.

I recently saw this post:

The names Brett Green, Spencer Pollard and Roy Sutherland are the sizes of our hobby. With this reputation, the tip is very interesting.

Do it, just do it!

All tips and tricks are useless if you don't try them out! Fortunately, I have all the necessary components at home.

I used:

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  • Future (Pledge)
  • Water
  • Tamiya Black XF-1
  • Tamiya Redbrown XF-64 (Didn't have an XF-10 on hand)

I mixed future and water, according to specifications, in a ratio of 50:50. Black and brown are gradually added. Until I liked the result. Everything was mixed with a wooden stick.

These wooden sticks are available in every fast food restaurant. Mine is from the Ingolstadt ice rink ;) I found the plastic cans I used at Tedi. A grateful by-product from forced deco shopping with my wife last fall.

Testing the wash

I applied the wash to unpainted parts:

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A strong result with a lot of potentials!
Unfortunately, I had no painted parts on hand. However, the result is likely to be better than worse.

After his first wash went so well I wanted to continue experimenting. This time I used Revell colors from the Aqua series (09 anthracites and 84 brown):

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I labeled both washes with self-printed labels. I keep the composition on it so that I can restore it. Whereby the specification of the amount of color is difficult. Therefore I limit myself here to the specification of the color tones.


I am very positive about it. I particularly liked the flow behavior. No edges have formed during drying. The result is exactly what I was looking for. With water-based acrylic paints, this wash can be universally produced with paints from many manufacturers.

I will pursue that. In this way, the right washing can be made for each model and thus my recommendation for this tip!
Many thanks to  ANDREA MODEL KITS

I would be happy if you write to me if the wash worked for you and how you are satisfied with it. Please use the comment function at the end of the post.

Thank you!

Washing -  "How to"

I found a good tutorial:
Have fun with it:

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