Floquil - Opinions

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What can you guys tell me about Floquil paint ? Whats your opinions on it ? What are the pros and cons you know about it ? Is it comparable to Model Masters ? Is it better or worse then Model Masters . Thanks for any info in advance.

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I like them. I use a lot of the primer in my airbrush, it covers very well and is easier than using a spray can. I also like the various shades of silver, like Old silver, etc when I need multiple shades to break up things like exhaust systems. The different shades of black are good when you do not want BLACK but more of a very dark gray, again to give varied shades. They airbursh very well, you can use Testors generic enamel thinner, or the Floquil specific thinner, DIO-SOL.

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Fantastic paint. Very easy to use, but the downside is that it is solvent-based and must be used with good ventilation. Several years ago I used Floquil gray thinned with lacquer thinner as a primer for many models and it worked very well.

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i was up in Detroit on a job and went to Great Lake Hobbies and they told me that Floquil didn't make paint anymore..where can i get it,,??

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MICRO MARK SELLS FLOQUIL

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i was up in Detroit on a job and went to Great Lake Hobbies and they told me that Floquil didn't make paint anymore..where can i get it,,??

Floquil is made by Testors, no? Still available. LOOK HERE

It is marketed more to railroad modelers. I have a few bottles - great selection of colors.

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thanks men..

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Well the description says Floquil, but according to the bottles it appears its Polly Scale ? Is there a difference ?

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Well the description says Floquil, but according to the bottles it appears its Polly Scale ? Is there a difference ?

I think the Pollyscale is acrylic. The Floquil is enamel.

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Kurth gave a good synopsis of Floquil ,,, it is very nice paing and has been a staple of railroad modelers for longer than AMT has been producing cars! It go on very well by brush. When I have to brush paint something I pray there's the color I need in Floquil!

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Floquil - enamel

Polly Scale - acrylic

Both are very very good paints. I just used the Floquil enamel with the Testors "Universal" thinner and the results were great.

As stated the various colors of black and silver are a plus. I used Grimy Black for the interior of a new Challenger and it contrasts well with the black embossing powder carpet. It is a good representation of the real cars dark charcoal gray interior. I compared it with my B-I-L's car.

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  • You'll likely have a hard time finding the original Floquil paints, as they were discontinued years ago, in favor of water-borne acrylics. Floquil originaly was an alkyd enamel, using a solvent that was nearly as "hot" as any lacquer out there--great paint, dried down in very thin coats, but a bear to use on plastics. Floquil, along with the water-borne acrylic line from Polly S, were acquired by RPM, who also owns Testors along with Krylon and Duplicolor, the Floquil model railroad colors being spun into the Polly S water-born acrylic line over 15yrs ago. Almost all the original Floquil paints were flat finish, and as far as I know, Floquil-Polly S still is as well.

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Floquil's selling point was their pigment size which allowed the painter to apply a "scale coat" (thickness) to the model. oddly enough, there was also a Scale Coat paint somewhere along the way.

i think their doom was the volitility of vehicle - and that awful thinner. one of the seven deadly household chemicals we all grew up with under the kitchen sink - tuolene. the stuff could be used for dry cleaning fluid.

if opinions are asked, my vote is to stay away even though it's been reformulated. use acrylic. (polly s, tamiya, whatever else is out there) think of the cumulative effects of this, and every other chemical you're exposed to in a lifetime.

know any old body men who smoke cigarettes?

Addendum: the very next thread i read http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=67218&hl= see post 'lucky' #13.

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