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).
other automotive type lacquer paints that are traditional
NON MODEL PAINT, the lacquer can actually eat the
plastic on a model. Many also require a primer base. But
these model 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.
Enamel paints have been around for decades and have been
the modelers go to choice for spray paint in the USA. Enamels
take longer to dry but the gloss ones typically do not require
an extra coat of clear - since the clear is already in with
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.
(Fits Testors Spray Cans)
are useful because nozzles can clog, causing an uneven spray pattern
swap out the nozzle and start fresh.