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Model 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 colors.

They've 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.

Over 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

There's 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.

After 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.

I 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 too.




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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).

Testors 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.


Lacquer Spray Paints


Enamel paints typically take longer to dry than lacquers. Testors recommend 48 to 72 hours to cure. Enamel paints can be tacky, so you dont want to handle the model right after painting it. You will leave fingerprints on it. Give the paint time to dry.

Testors Enamel paints have been around for decades and have been the modelers go to choice for spray paint in the USA.


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