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Painting red - acrylic or enamel

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Painting red - acrylic or enamel
Posted by retdfeuerwehr on Friday, May 03, 2019 6:49 PM

I'm working on a WW2 German fire engine from Leadwarriors - I'd like to paint it red, but wartime paint scheme was a Luftwaffe blue-gray....I've had bad luck spraying gloss red.....looking for some advice. This was an expensive kit and I wanna do it right.

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Friday, May 03, 2019 7:37 PM

Whichever way you decide to go, undercoat with white first.

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 03, 2019 11:57 PM

I hear you!  Red, yellow and white are so painful.   I have had great luck with Tamiya rattle can red oddly enough.  Most recently I did a Ducati kit in Italian red (TS8) that went down beautifully. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June, 2010
  • From: Australia
Posted by OctaneOrange on Saturday, May 04, 2019 4:36 AM
I use red oxide primer when painting red to reduce color change in the top coat. (get your undercoat color close to the top coat color) clean your surface before painting. fingerprints can contain oil that affects the paint. don't mix brands. some primers don't like different brand top coat and vice-versa. do a light coat first, then heavier layers to build up color and gloss.

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