SDW Shading Colors - User Guide

Paints to have fun with

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Some in deep knowledge...

What is the difference between SDW Shading Colors and other acrylics ?

The two main features are the absence of traditional pigments and a slower drying time compared to other acrylic modeiilng paints on the market - know more HERE -

Why ?

Because the combination of these two features avails a much more paint-ability in brush painting, with more even and smoother layers. Not to say the the painting itself is much more pleasant...

When you instead paint by airbrush, it will never be clogged, at any pressure and also with an unthinned paint. This is the usual problem of "normal" acrylic paints, drying on the needle, blocking the flow and forcing you to open and clean the airbrush. This usually imposes to work with extremelly diluted paints, with specific thinners and additives. With SDW instead you do not even need a specific thinner.

In addition to these advantages when you "normally" paint, you can do much more :

Their slow drying avails them to be graded / blended like oil paints ! They are not acrylics plus a slow drying medium. Into the SDW Shading Colors this feature is inlaid from the start. Giving them great performances in weathering, figure painting...

And more again. A bit of paint into a cup or open palette progressively gets denser. In this situation is even more comparable to an oil paint and as much blendable...Without solvents.

Anyway, drying time is much faster than oil paints.

Below, you find detailed instructions :




Painting a basecoat by brush


Airbrush basecoat painting


Densifying process.


the Additives


Combination of products


Filters and washes


Tool cleaning


Camouflage sfumato a pennello


Figurini con tecnica "ad acrilico"


Figurini con tecnica "ad olio"