In an effort to increase my incredibly low production rate, I was considering using spray cans to paint at least the base coat of models. Currently I airbrush base and lightening coats. I don't have a dedicated airbrushing station, so there's a lot of build up and tear down time involved.
When I was a kid I used to paint all my models with spray cans, and I remember most of the surface detail disappearing. Does anyone use spray cans and avoid this problem?
I usually use Tamiya sprays for kits that have only one colour, eg. dark yellow or green. The Tamiya sprays are good and if by only doing a light coat at a time, letting to dry and then doing another coat, it looks very nice and is uniform all over. Everything gets painted the small colour as is wanted and then you can simply weathering, drybrush or paint on a camouflage if it is wanted. I never have any problem with surface detail disappearing. Just remember to make sure you only spray as much as is needed. Start spraying off the vehicle and work over it. Remember also to be at least twenty centimetres from the vehicle. This stops pools of paint forming. I will post a diorama with a T-34 and Marder IIIM in a few weeks on the CC Discussion group that were painted with Tamiya sprays. I am very happy with spray cans, James