Way to soften Squadron putty...?

Hello everyone.
I'm working on a figure model, and purchased some Squadron white putty
from a local hobby shop. I've never used this product before, and it
seems a bit too thick out of the tube to suit me.
Is there anything I can mix it with to soften it up, say, to about
toothpaste consistency?
For the areas I want to use it being thinned would make application much
easier.
I experimented with adding paint thinner, but that just made it
disintegrate.
Long ago I had some cheap Testors putty, and was able to thin it with
paint thinner.
Any help would be very much appreciated, as I'm reaching the stage where
this needs to be done. Thanks so much.
Randy
IPMS 44765
We're living in a world that's been pulled over our eyes to blind us
from the truth. Where are you, white rabbit?
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Randy Pavatte
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I like to use Testors liquid cement to thin putty, but I find that the "new" formulation of Squadron putties are no match to the originals. At least the liquid cement also helps make it stick better...I find Squadron white putty to be very brittle and crack prone.
I prefer Tamiya putty - it's a bit more costly, but it's smooth as silk right out of the tube, and you'll actually use less of it. Good stuff, and an apt replacement for my previous fav - Dr. Microtools.
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Rufus
If it is like the Squadron Green Putty, or like Testor's Red Putty (which is the exact same product as Bondo Spot Putty), use the ever-useful Testor's Liquid Cement. I buy a separate bottle of the cement, just for this purpose. I use the applicator brush that comes with the bottle - brushing the cement onto a blob of putty that I have squirted onto something like an old canned vegetable lid, working the putty into the desired, thin consistency, and then brushing it onto the model - all with this same applicator brush. Eventually, this bottle of cement will turn into a bottle of very thinned-down putty.
Reply to
Greg Heilers
Try a little laquer thinner that will do the trick cheers John Geigle
Reply to
masterpiecemodels
i think i remember using 90proof alcohol to thin.
Reply to
someone
That's what I use, Rubbing Alcohol from the Drugstore at a dollar a pint.
Reply to
The Old Man
Let me ge this straight... use rubbing alcohol to thin Squadron Putty?
Also, stupid question:
Am I wrong or is the green putty finer than the white putty?
Just making sure the thread had not gone into left field on me.
Lance
Reply to
Bluepen
That's right, drugstore-variety rubbing alcohol. I mix it about 50-50 to get a ~real~ thin mix and add a little more to make it workable. Then I pour/place the putty into the seams amd wipe it down with an alcolhol-soaked rag. After it dries (I let it sit overnight) check it to see how much the putty has shrunk (and it ~will~) and repeat the process as needed. After it's mounded up a little, I start to sand the model.
Reply to
The Old Man
White is supposed to be finer...
Reply to
Rufus
I use fingernail polish (the type with acetone). Works great.
-- david
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youngde
As the original poster for this thread, with my need for help to thin putty, I'd like to say thanks for all the great suggestions. I was working on a Verlinden figure, and as I removed the pour block from his arm (it was along the upper edge of his shoulder) I accidentally chipped some of the shoulder area. It was enough to stand out if I hadn't filled it in with something.
Of all the suggestions offered I tried mixing it with Testors liquid cement. I chose this one mostly because I already had some of that to use, and the results were fantastic.
So, thanks for all the input, and helping me get a wonderful result on my figure.
Randy
We're living in a world that's been pulled over our eyes to blind us from the truth. Where are you, white rabbit?
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Randy Pavatte

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