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
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).
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.
Testors still makes their classic Enamel spray can colors which will take longer to dry, but there are many colors to choose from.
Note: Since Rustoleum took over the Testors line some colors and types of paint have been discontinued, some have been renumbered, and many are just plain hard to find. Eventually it will all be sorted out but till then I have listed what I can.
These are Testors classic enamel bottle paints.
Testors recommends their Paint Thinner / Brush Cleaner to thin the paint when needed, and to clean your paint brush with.
Or their larger can available here.
As with all enamel paints they take a bit of time to dry so you don't want to handle model parts right away after using these paints - give them time to dry.