Here’s how I apply panel lines with enamel paint. This process is also known as panel lining/enamel washing.
You will need the following items.
L-R: Lighter Fluid, Tamiya Enamel Paint, Paint Tray, thin-tipped brush and cotton bud.
1. Mix the enamel paint with lighter fluid at the ratio of 1:8.
2. Immerse the brush in the mixture and apply it to the portion that you wish to panel line. As the liquid is very diluted, the mixture will flow and fill up the grooves and crevices.
3. Don’t worry about the paint staining other areas. The final step involves soaking the cotton bud in lighter fluid and using it to clean away the excess paint.
4. The piece is now completed after the panel lines have been cleaned up with the lighter fluid.
I will now proceed to panel line the full kit. Here’s some pix of the clean Gundam.