Best all-around acrylic for modeler on a budget

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Best all-around acrylic for modeler on a budget

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:31 am

December 4th, 2007, 5:58 pm #1

As I am on a tight hobby budget (as are many of us!) I have been trying to find ONE line of paints that give the best all-around performance for airbrushing and brush painting. For example Tamiya is great for airbrushing but tough to brush paint. Vallejo is great to brush paint but needs a primer (no matter how hard I wash/scrub I can't get it stick to raw plastic).
So I guess what I am looking for is a line of paints that airbrush well and brush paint well (on unprimed plastic). Is there a single brand out there you guys would recommend?
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

December 4th, 2007, 9:09 pm #2

It brush paints better than Tamiya and airbrushes beautifully. Poly Scale isnt bad either.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:31 am

December 5th, 2007, 2:35 pm #3

Thank you David. I really appreciate all your advice. I can always count on you to give me a quick concise answer.
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Joined: September 20th, 2003, 3:28 pm

December 5th, 2007, 3:29 pm #4

Other than the buffable metallics and some of the specialty colours tinted transparents and such, I have just never liked Gunze-gotta just be me though.
I do absolutely agree with Dave about PollyScale-brushes well and sprays well. Old PollyS paint is possibly the worlds WORST spraying paint though
I love spraying Tamiya. I used to hate it for brush painting because it seemed to harden and dry in the time it took from the bottle to the model. Then a guy oin my club recommended thinning (I do it in the bottle) the paint about 60-40 ish to get it whole milk like. If it's a new full bottle I just separate the paint into two bottles. Once I started thinning in the bottle the paint brushes great and seems to last a whole lot longer too
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Joined: April 21st, 2005, 2:36 am

December 5th, 2007, 3:43 pm #5

As I am on a tight hobby budget (as are many of us!) I have been trying to find ONE line of paints that give the best all-around performance for airbrushing and brush painting. For example Tamiya is great for airbrushing but tough to brush paint. Vallejo is great to brush paint but needs a primer (no matter how hard I wash/scrub I can't get it stick to raw plastic).
So I guess what I am looking for is a line of paints that airbrush well and brush paint well (on unprimed plastic). Is there a single brand out there you guys would recommend?
Although I almost always use primer no matter what I am painting, or what kind of paint I am using. I have used Vallejo on bare plastic, and bare resin. However what I have found is that you have to use their thinner to thin it, or, use their pre thinned Air Line of paints. Yes you still have to give it a little bath (especially resin) to get rid of the oils, but from what I have used them on, I have never had a problem, but it has to be thinned with their thinner.

One thing I wish Vallejo would do is bring their thinner out in a bigger bottle. Say the size of their large bottle of airbrush cleaner, about 85-100ml.
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

December 5th, 2007, 9:49 pm #6

Other than the buffable metallics and some of the specialty colours tinted transparents and such, I have just never liked Gunze-gotta just be me though.
I do absolutely agree with Dave about PollyScale-brushes well and sprays well. Old PollyS paint is possibly the worlds WORST spraying paint though
I love spraying Tamiya. I used to hate it for brush painting because it seemed to harden and dry in the time it took from the bottle to the model. Then a guy oin my club recommended thinning (I do it in the bottle) the paint about 60-40 ish to get it whole milk like. If it's a new full bottle I just separate the paint into two bottles. Once I started thinning in the bottle the paint brushes great and seems to last a whole lot longer too
my2cMerryChristmasbobC
Go to Wal Mart and in the craft section buy a bottle of Plaid or Apple Barrel acrylic retarder. Its like $1 something... Makes the paints dry slower.
DAVID NICKELS
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Joined: November 5th, 2000, 3:22 pm

December 9th, 2007, 4:33 am #7

It brush paints better than Tamiya and airbrushes beautifully. Poly Scale isnt bad either.
Every once in a while I forget and in the interest of expediency instead of dragging out the airbrush to spray on a gloss or flat coat, I'll grab a can of Dull or Glosscoat from Testors/ModelMaster..then I end up having to repaint because this stuff eats through Gunze acryllics like a knife through butter..

no problems with the MM acryl gloss or flat over Gunze though...

Mike
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

December 9th, 2007, 4:46 pm #8

The aerosol sprays can be used in THIN and LIGHT coats. I use Testors Clear Flat Laquer in a jar, and airbrush it
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