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Tamiya Polishing Compounds and Modeling Wax

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  • Member since
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  • From: Boston
Tamiya Polishing Compounds and Modeling Wax
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Monday, March 27, 2017 8:10 PM

I wrote to Tamiya USA today and asked why these products are not available in the USA.  They told me it had to do with the way they are labeled and not passing the labeling standard for what was in the product.

I've seen these products on Youtube and they really make  a difference on car models in particular and also on clear parts in general.  You can get these from the far east on Ebay. Have any of you bought from the Hong Kong hobby shops on Ebay? 

I am going to be building the Tamiya LaFerrari, which could really benefit from polishing compounds and wax.  I know I can try good old No.7 white polishing compound and also carnuba car wax but I hate to chance it at that stage of a complicated build with anything not made for a model.

Maybe I should risk the Hong Kong Hobby shops.  I did once in purchasing my Tamiya Lotus 49 which was over $100 bucks.  That worked out fine.

Any opinions?

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    June, 2016
Posted by Murphy's Law on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:50 AM

I got the fine and finish tamiya compounds about 3 weeks ago off amazon. It came from Japan and took about 4 or 5 weeks but no problems at all and price was $12 for both, I also picked up the tamiya polishing cloth. 

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  • From: Dallas, TX
Posted by japan617 on Monday, April 03, 2017 4:40 PM

Another alternative is Novus #3, #2, followed by car wax if you have a hard time getting Tamiya compounds. I don't think the Tamiya is magical or better then Novus (even though it says Tamiya..) because essentially, both remove very minute amounts of paint.

Polishing compounds designed for cars can be too aggressive but Novus seems to cut slower.



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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 9:04 AM

I have used products intended for use on full size cars with good results.  There are various grades of polish and rubbing compounds.  The rubbing compounds are more aggressive.  Note that polishing is a material removal technique and that wax adds to the surface, making a smoother surface.  Long, long time ago (and still available for the purist) there are still polishes which have no wax, and waxes that have no polish.  But the companies that manufacture the stuff started selling a simplified product that does both in one product.  That is the normal polish you find at auto parts stores, department stores, drug stores, etc.  To get the just plain polish and just plain wax, go to a store that specializes in car finishes, like the name-brand auto paint stores.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 9:35 AM

Wilbur Wright
Any opinions?

Sure. Have shipped from Japan if nothing else as a way to flip an imaginary bird to the US and our mind-numbing labelling requirements.

Ummm, you asked for opinions...... Off Topic <<<<meaning me



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Posted by Griffin25 on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 11:11 AM

I've bought about 5 Tamiya products from Japan via EBay and Amazon. Everything arrived within 2 weeks, I'm in SoCal, without a problem. Never ordered from China however. Check Amazon for that stuff. Much better return and refund policy than most ebayers.

TAMIYA Polishing Compound Fine and Finish SET is on Amazon from Japan. $13 and free shipping.



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Posted by mobiusone on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 12:42 PM

Wilbur, just buy them from BNA model world in Australia. That is where i get mine, and have been for a while. Buy the cheapest shipping (usually $5) and it will get here in 2-3 weeks in fine condition. Also, there prices are usally the cheapest

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  • From: Nampa, Idaho
Posted by jelliott523 on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 3:48 PM

I've ordered material from Japan and S. Korea a few times and only had one small issue, that was resolved rather quickly and the problem involved US Customs. The times I've ordered paint or adhesive materials, the items you'd expect to see the issue come up with, has been no problem at all. The problem I had was actually with a kit from S. Korea, for some reason Customs didnt like that the box had Korean newspaper in it so they returned it to the sender.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:40 PM

Thanks for all the information guys, I'll report back when I decide what to do and how it went.

The Novus also looks like it would work well on aircraft canopies and also model windshields. 

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Posted by Silver on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 12:55 AM

The USA has better polishing products on the market than Japan.Just at the local auto parts store.I at one time went to Japan an competed in on of their model contest and they did not stand a chance against me.I used turtle car wax and polishing compound .On the aircraft  side I used metal finish job and polished it w/ turtle car wax.1/48 F-100d .And S'Nj aluminium metal polish Sealed w/ gloss varnish.Made in the USA .Kicked but internationally.


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