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Are you looking for an easy to apply wash that will not damage underlying paint, then this just might be the technique for you!

Are you looking for an easy to apply wash that will not damage underlying paint, then this just might be the technique for you!

Afternoon everyone – here’s a very simple video explaining how to use Roy Sutherland’s wash technique, that uses a mixture of Johnsons Klear, water and Tamiya paint.
I think that this will be useful to everyone from absolute beginners to far more seasoned modellers looking for a wonderfully inert addition to their list of techniques.
Here is the link – just click the picture!  I hope that you find it useful!

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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!


  1. Thanks, Spence. I’m definitely going to try this one!

  2. Oh…nice. Never thought of that.

  3. Christian Atkins

    Nice one! I have been doing something similar using Klear and Windsor and Newton inks in the same way for many years now.

  4. Bill B.

    I picked up on this a while back when Roy mentioned it somewhere. I really love this wash for cockpits; it really outlines and shadows recesses well without making it look too dirty.

  5. Andre Kamsteeg

    Hi Spencer, looks (in the video) as something I really should try. Only one slight problem: where do you get Klear (or whatever it’s called now) in the UK?

    • John Svendsen

      Can you use alclad 2 aqua gloss clear instead with water and tamiya flat black.

      • I don’t know! Give it a go and let me know if it works – I’d be interested to see the results… 🙂

  6. Tried it and it works great! thanks

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