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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
New Testors Paints
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:19 AM

Was at a hobby lobby the other day, and noticed a new paint rack and new paints from Testors.  A big line of lacquers, both in bottles and spray cans. I haven't used it yet, but sure like their lacquer clearcoats.  I will try some of the new paints soon.

Looks like I may have some time before I have to switch to acrylics. I am not sure I understand.  I thought the move away from enamels was to reduce hydrocarbon emissions-  lacquer has these also.  Are they not as harmful as enamel emissions?  They sure seem to smell more, though I never thought the smell of lacquer was unpleasant.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:29 AM

Not aware of new testor Lacquers but will be glad to try them. Love the few I have.

I wold not worry about the hydrocarbons Don. I doubt the eco footprint of model builders is noticeable :-) I moved away from enamels because they take to darn long to dry and stink up the house. That being said, they still have their uses--slow drying time is an advantage at times.

A good hobby workbench should have a good mix of paint types IMO. 

  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:36 AM

I'm not worried about the emissions myself.  I actually like the smell of lacquer and airplane dopes. It is just the worry that the hydrocarbon emissions seems to cause regulating agencies to force them off the market.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BarrettDuke on Sunday, February 11, 2018 9:21 AM

Don, Are you saying that you saw Testors bottled lacquers in military colors or are they just their car colors and a few primary colors that usually come in the spray cans? It would be very encouraging if they are coming out with a line of military colors in bottled lacquers. Barrett

  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, February 12, 2018 6:45 AM

I didn't look that closely at the colors.  They had several primary colors, and some others.  They may have been gloss car colors. I will check more carefully when I am in store this week.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    September, 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Monday, February 12, 2018 7:44 AM

Don,

Thanks for the info, I will have to stop by my hobby lobby to see if they are there.  I prefer these paints over the acrylics, they seem to spay and coat better.  Also they don't clog the tip of my airbrush on hot San Antonio days.

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Posted by bluenote on Monday, February 12, 2018 10:14 AM

I'm very curious about this.  I see no mention on the web or on Testor's website about these new paints.  The only thing I see on their website is that they rebranded their One Step Lacquer sprays to Extreme Lacquers:

https://www.testors.com/product-catalog/testors-brands/testors/lacquer-paint/lacquer-sprays

Is this what you saw Don?  And if so, are you saying there's bottle versions? 

If these are geared towards car modellers, that would be great!  The colours for car bodies are very limited in bottles, except if you go with Zero paints or Gravity Colors, which are too toxic for my liking.

Tamiya is releasing their Spray colors in bottles as well, so that's good news for the car modeler who wants to use their airbrush. 

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    June, 2014
Posted by bluenote on Monday, February 12, 2018 11:43 AM

Don Stauffer

Was at a hobby lobby the other day, and noticed a new paint rack and new paints from Testors.  A big line of lacquers, both in bottles and spray cans. I haven't used it yet, but sure like their lacquer clearcoats.  I will try some of the new paints soon.

Looks like I may have some time before I have to switch to acrylics. I am not sure I understand.  I thought the move away from enamels was to reduce hydrocarbon emissions-  lacquer has these also.  Are they not as harmful as enamel emissions?  They sure seem to smell more, though I never thought the smell of lacquer was unpleasant.

 

 

 

Hi Don, you sure it wasn't their current lacquers?

 

https://www.testors.com/product-catalog/testors-brands/model-master/auto-lacquer-paint/bottles

 

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