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These are other paint brands that may or may not not be specifically for models. But can still be used for painting, weathering, and dioramas.

Or if you're looking for a particular color that's not available in the standard plastic model paint lines.


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Alclad lacqers are common for modelers to get accurate metal finishes. From chrome, bronze, silver, or jet exhaust. It's nearly a one of a kind product. It requires primer on a model, and in some cases a base coat if you're applying color.

And you can often get great looking finishes and results that are not available any other way.


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Automotive Perfect Match Paints, are an automotive lacquer. You must use a primer on your model first, because the paint can sometimes craze or etch the plastic.

You would also need to clear the paint after painting because like real automotive paint, it dries with a matte look.

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Plastikote paints are a general use type but many times are for automotive applications. Though they do have some unique colors too.

Most of their colors are enamel paint, but other special applications can be acrylic, or a special mixture, depending on it's use.

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Krylon paints are a general use type paint. Though they do have some unique colors and metallics, as well as some surface paints. Some of their paints are for automotive use.

Note that many of their paints don't say what kind of paint they are on the label. (enamel? Acryic? Other?).


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Rustoleum paints are a general use type paint. Though they do have some unique colors and metallics, as well as some unique kinds of surface paints.

They make many kinds of paint specifically for automotive use. Their common paints are enamel, other types of paints could be almost anything (the can may not say).


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Duplicolor paints are a general use type paint. Though they do have some unique colors and metallics.

Most of their paints are specific for automotive uses. They make lacquers, enamels, and the hybrid Acrylic-Enamels.


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Valspar paints are a general use and automotive type paint. They do have some unique colors. (Valspar it seems has been taken over by Rust-O-Leum, so labels may have both brand names on the can -2020)

Valspar doesn't say on the label what kind of paint it is (enamel? Acryic? Other?).


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VHT paints are for automotive use but modelers have been using them for decades. They are primarily an Enamel paint, usually for engines, but they have a high glossy and durable finish. In my experiance they seem to go on very thick so be careful.


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Spaz Stix is a Hobby and Craft paint that's available in a bottle for airbrushing, as well as some spray cans.

They offer many different kinds of metallic paints, but also more common colors and some that are very unique. It's main formula is for Lexan, but it has many other uses. Some paints and colors may require a base coat.


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When it comes to models, I've been using what I call "Hardware" paint for decades. Plastikote, Valspar, Rustoleom, etc. I still use model paints or course, but if a color is not available that way, or I see a unique color I realy like, I will use the hardware paint out of a can.

Generally most are enamels, but some are automotive lacquer paints (from online or from a parts store). I always use primer with an auto lacquer because those paints, depending on the brand, can be very harsh on a plastic kit. Enough to where it will MELT the PLASTIC into a lumpy blob! Or at least ETCH the plastic and give it a bad texture.

It's true that Tamiya and Testors both make lacquers, but those are a synthetic type, and ok for models. Automotive paints are different.

Using primer I've never had an issue with automotive paint on a plastic model (or resin, vinyl, etc.).

Many companies don't tell you what kind of paint it is on the label. My guess is that they are some kind of enamel / acrylic hybrid. They dry faster than an enamel, almost as quickly as an acrylic.

The important thing is TO ALWAYS TEST THE PAINT FIRST.

I can't stress this enough. Mixing primers, paint, and clear coats is like making a mixed drink. You don't know exactly what you're going to get and how it's effects will be until after you drank a few.

The easiest way to test paints, primer, and clears is to shoot them on cheap, white plastic spoons.


spoon paint tests


The spoons are great because they replicate model plastic (especially Tamiya / Hasegawa type model plastics) very well. They give you a nice spooth surface to check out how the paint distributes over a surface, and they are two sided.

If funky things happen to the spoon, you'll be glad you didnt try that paint, primer or clear coat on a $ 50.00 model.

You can use hardware paint if you know it's limitations.

The cans are twice the size of a model paint can and many times cost about the same price. So there are advantages to using them.

  1. Tips for can "hardware" paints:
  2. Always read the label and try to find out what kind of pint. If it doesn't specify - take a chance - but always test on a spoon.
  3. Read the can label for use! Some cans have to be shaken for 4 minutes - some may be 10 minutes. Mix the paint well by shaking the proper amount of time.
  4. Find out from the label how far away from the project you need to be! Most cans 10 to 12 inches. So don't get up close - like 3 inches - from your model and glob on a thick oozing dripping coat of paint.
  5. Do your paint job in layers - I usually do a minimum of 3. Sometimes as many as 5 or so.
  6. No matter what kind of paint it is (outside of a lacquer maybe) if it says GLOSS it may still dry matte. So be ready to use a clear coat if needed.
  7. Check the spray nozzle. Fan nozzles are best. They shoot a thin vertical layer pattern of paint that works great when going back and forth across the body for thin layes. Can nozzles that spray a ROUND pattern tend to shoot paint everywhere - so give those some distance from the model.
  8. I have spent a lot of money in my lifetime looking and testing for the best clear from a can. Currently the best option I have found is Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane in a can. #450920F / UPC 27426 33050 . When used in several light coats you can build it up to a high gloss. One caution is not to shoot it on too thick - you will get heavy white spots that will eventually dry clear but you don't want high and low spots in your clear coat. You want a nice even spread finish. I have used the Minwax product on acrylic, lacquer, enamel and various other paints - with the same great results. It doesn't seem to care what kind of paint you are using (but I always test on a spoon - just in case!).
  9. When using cans it's practice, practice, practice. I've been using them for 40 years so I've gotten used to them. I di have an airbrush I use sometimes but cans are my main paint choice.


Hasegawa Thunderbird for instance uses the Minwax clear, over a hardware paint baby blue color:


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