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Painting steel and other metallics by brush.

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  • Member since
    April, 2017
Painting steel and other metallics by brush.
Posted by Dancing Imu on Friday, January 05, 2018 2:12 PM

Hi, I don't have an airbrush (and don't know how to use it in any case), so all of my paints come from a can or delivered via brush.

I'm having trouble applying metallic paints (acrylics) to my models without them looking streaked and fake.

Any hints?  Thanks!

This is for 1:48 scale kits.

  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Friday, January 05, 2018 2:34 PM

I always found that I need to put a primer down first and then use a wide enough brush loaded with paint which should lay a nice covering coat on the first swipe.  To little paint on the brush will cause streaks.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, January 06, 2018 10:20 AM

I use a medium/dark gray primer in a spray can, then dry brush Testors aluminum (a flat aluminum) to give a weathered steel look.  There is a tremendous variety of appearances to steel, depending on alloy, and time of weathering.  Polished steel, especially stainless alloys, are next to impossible to brush properly, but weathered steel of many alloys can be done by various techniques, the above only being one.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2014
Posted by Silver on Monday, January 08, 2018 3:54 PM

The spray can type paints metalizers or Tamilya synthetic lacquers are out there In metalic form.

  • Member since
    April, 2017
Posted by Dancing Imu on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:21 PM

Yeah, I use them from the can when I can.  Smile

Unfortunately, sometimes it comes down to places that are too small to be sprayed.  Appreciate everybody's help, though!


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