Kit paints have been around as long as models, harking back to
the old days of Pactra Paints. Testors, having started out with
primarily enamel paints, have begun to expand into new lacquer
continued to make a more diverse pallet of colors with their spray
and bottled paints by introducing their Model Master (MM) line
. Which now offers much better coverage for modelers who build
military, ships, and aircraft models. Though they can be used
on car models and other types as well.
the last few decades, other model companies have added paints
to go with their plastic model kit products. It's funny that Testors
originally went the opposite way, trying to add model kits to
their paint line, while other manufactures have been slipping
paint slowly into the modelling markets. Testors only has a few
model kits today, but their paint business has done well for them
and is better than ever
no way to get around the fact that paint can be expensive. But
it's usually needed to cover a model. Better paints tend to cost
more, especially when the colors choices and shades are wider
and you have more selection.
40+ years modeleing, I've used many different kinds of paints.
I've experimented with so many kinds and brands. But I can't choose
one brand that will always be better than another in every case.
still use Testors spray paints. For enamels, they have their foibles
sometimes, but the good ones lay down nice for a good paint job.
#1246 silver is one I use all the time, primarily for metallic
parts. Of course, I use their Dullcote and Gloss Overcoat a lot
The benefit of
lacquer paints is that they dry quickly, in just a few minutes.
These paints by Testors are formulated to have a gloss finish
(when applicable to the color). On other lacquer paints
that are traditional, the lacquer can actually eat the plastic
on a model. Many also require a primer base. But these paints
are designed to be painted directly onto a plastic model.
recommends 24 hours for a full cure, and if you decide to
clear coat it, to do it within 2 hours of the paint coat.
paints take longer to dry. Testors recommend 48 to 72 hours
to cure. Enamel paints can be tacky, so you dont want to handle
the model after painting it. You will leave fingerprints on
it. Give the paint time to dry.
are Testors Enamel paints that are not
specifically for autos, but I've used them on cars and trucks.
always, test your paints before applying it to your final model
easiest way to test paints is to shoot them on cheap, white
plastic eating spoons. Paint them and label them.
you know what the color looks like in the future. It also
allows you to test combinations of different paints and top coats
so you know that chemically they are compatible.
(Fits Testors Spray Cans)
are useful because nozzles can clog, causing an uneven spray pattern
swap out the nozzle and start fresh.