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Painting red - acrylic or enamel

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    September 2010
Painting red - acrylic or enamel
Posted by retdfeuerwehr on Friday, May 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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. 



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    June 2010
  • From: Australia
Posted by OctaneOrange on Saturday, May 4, 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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