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#1 greymack

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:13 AM

Hey guys well I have been a Testors model paint user for many years now thinking of using other brands of model paint. So just curious to what most of you use and what gives the best finish in model paints?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:40 AM

Tamiya is my main paint choice. Consistently excellent and predictable.I also use model master enamels and acrylics on occasion.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:46 AM

I use "rattle cans" and I get a good finish no matter what I use whether it be Testors, MCW, Black Gold, Dupli-Color,etc. I really haven't tried Tamiya but I will some day.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:11 AM

I like Testors One coats and Modelmasters lacquers for the bodies.Most of the Time I use Either Duplicolor Or HOK paints. For the Interiors and chassis I usually use testors bottle paint. Tried Tamita paints a couple times threw them away as I got terrible results from the can. I did try decanting them and shot through my airbrush and still didn't like the results. Have gotten better results From Testors Rattle can enamels.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:42 AM

Since I started using Tamiya and other laquers, I won't even think about buying Testors enamels again. Model Masters from Testors is a good paint also. Make sure you read the label before you buy. Some of them are laquers and some of them are enamels. I've made that mistake a couple of times.

Edited by plowboy, 09 May 2012 - 05:44 AM.


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:55 AM

I've had lots of success with Tamiya - especially the rattle cans. The acrylics airbrush fantastic too. I have trouble getting a decent result from Testors cans. I consider them junk and don't buy them anymore.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:05 AM

I do have a choice and choose Tamiya always!! Well, I do use other stuff occasionally but they aren't worth mentioning. Tamiya's line of TS/AS spray cans and their little jars of acrylics are all I need. Be it from a can or airbrushed, Tamiya paints provide exactly what I want.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:33 AM

Mostly depends on what my subject is and what paints are available and a match. My first choice is always Tamiya ts sprays. Also use Testors laquers. I'm done with Testors enamels, have no use for them anymore. I also like to use MCW, HOK, Cobra Colors I still have some of. I would like to start trying Scalefinishes some day also.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:35 AM

HOK only.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:54 AM

Choice of color depends on what I'm doing. I use them all for one thing or another to include Dupli-Color and Krylon sprays.
Heck, I also use Oil paint from the tube. When drybrushed on upholstery it gives it a great sheen once it dries. A brown pinpoint wash made from oils and mineral spirits also makes engine, interior and chassis detail pop out!

Edited by Scorpius1, 09 May 2012 - 07:56 AM.


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:18 AM

Tamiya for rattle cans and their bottled acrylics are good for painting small items but I've only had middling luck trying to airbrush them(could be my prep?).Testors bottle paints can be good for detail painting,the metalizers are very good.Testor's sprays come out too thick no matter the type.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:20 AM

The best brand is whatever brand you get the best and most consistent results from. Try some other brands and learn their quirks and you will be fine. I use mostly Testors from the can, I've tried auto touchup paint but the finish is always lumpy and needs a lot of wet sanding. I like Tamiya paint but it seems to need a lot more surface prep before painting, it doesn't hide imperfections as well as Testors. Just buy some cans or bottles and let the paint fly, see what works for you.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

Tamiya rattlecan.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:46 AM

....With me just coming back recently to the hobby,all I really knew was Testors Enamels for the most part,but now there's the Testors lacquer which compared to the two I love the lacquers...I haven't even broke out my air brush because I like them so much,never had the pleasure to use Tamiya sprays yet and for the first time used their bottle paint on my last build and really liked the results....Harry P. showed using cheapie acrylic paints from like Michaels for various shades of colors for interiors n such which I have tried and like the results and its like $.50 a bottle...can't go wrong there!!!

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:03 AM

As everyone knows , my vote goes with the bottled Testors enamels . When cut with cheap laquer thinner and shot through an airbrush , they really have no peer . I also use the Metallizer line exclusively , both bottle and spray can .

I like the Floquil laquer line when it comes to
weathering , I have also used other laquer lines without any problems .

If you know your product , develop a system to use it , and follow it to the letter , you'll eventually master it !

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:04 AM

Tamiya is a personal favorite, only paint I won't use are Testors/ModelMasters enamels.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:08 AM

I like the Tamiya spray lacquers but I have had a rough time finding any lately. I was at Hobby Bench out here in Arizona which is a well stocked hobby shop and the Tamiya rack was just about empty. The owner said he was having trouble due the the fact the paint was not labeled correctly and could not be shipped into the US. Anyone else having trouble finding any ?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

I dig HOK, but for factory colors...MCW. Have not used Scale Finishes yet, would like to. I also gotta try Donn's method, done it on some military stuff, so what the heck!! Donn, you got some AWESOME finishes with that!!!

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:21 AM

I dig HOK, but for factory colors...MCW. Have not used Scale Finishes yet, would like to. I also gotta try Donn's method, done it on some military stuff, so what the heck!! Donn, you got some AWESOME finishes with that!!!


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It's a win- win scenario ! You come out of the gate with a shine that requires little , if any effort ! Add the gloss overtop of pearls or metallics and it further enhances the depth and richness of the color .

I recently used Testors flat and semi gloss colors with the Doc's salt method with outstanding results for my post apocalyptic Peterbilt build . The cheap laquer thinner is the key ingredient for the method's success !



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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:29 AM

I dig yer paint Donn, I haven't got your video yet, but I do get the gist of it. I'm gonna try that on my next build...a 58 Edsel. I did do it on my Hudson , the interior. It was sprayed with Testors leather cut with laquer thinner...sprayed out real smooth!! ;)