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I have heard many not so nice comments on this board and other's about the problems with getting your paint orders from James @ ScaleFinishes.com. I placed an order for 4 bottles back in mid February or later? and I shortly after that got an email from James saying that there had been delays in getting his products out to the customers and gave me a very reasonable reason why that was the case. He at the time told me that he was shipping my order that day after mixing the paint, this was 3/ 5/18. Well fellow model buffs, the paint order came yesterday 3/12/18 in the mail and it was exactly what I ordered. I think it's high time that we show James some love and give him his due, he's a very hard working man of his word, produces an excellent product and service for us and I feel that in today's world where everyone is p&@#!d at everyone else and blame them for whatever goes wrong in their lives that maybe it's high time that we say thank you to James. KUDOS to James and thank you.
So I'm having another interesting problem with Scale Finishes paint. I am not sure it is specific to that brand. Here is the story. First, spoons. I very often test paint on plastic spoons. I bought a box of 1000 styrene spoons and have bene using them for years. Lately, the spoons show a glossy/not glossy pattern on them - see the photo below. This is with MANY different brands of paint, so I assume it is something to do with contamination in the plastic of the spoon. I tested the Dark Camel color from Scale Finishes on a spoon, and it exhibited the problem. After I applied the paint to the car, I noticed the same problem. See the photos - there are non-glossy patches on the body. This is after several light/medium coats of the paint, and it looked fantastic wet. As it dried, it got blotchy. Notice the picture of the hood, though - it looks great. Yeah it's orange-peely but this is before any gloscoat or sanding/polishing. --> What is going on with this blotchy paint!? Does anyone have any insight? Hoping that gloss coat would make it look right, I took my test soon and put on TWO medium/heavy coats of alclad clear kote, then a very heavy coat. When wet it looked like glass, but after it dried - blotchy. So it seems that no amount of clear coat is going to fix this. It is possible that the hood has more primer on it than the body. I had to fill dimples and depressions, and to cover the putty and sanding it took more primer. Is that the key? A lot more primer? Any help you all can give would be great. Thanks.