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Vallejo Metal Colors

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  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Vallejo Metal Colors
Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:22 PM

I just picked up a bottle of Vallejo Metal Color paint, aluminum, for use on a Japanese Zero that I am currently working on.  My intent is to put down a coat of aluminum over wing and stabilizer leading edges, along the wing roots, around the fuselage near panels and the cockpit, etc.  This will lead to the salt technique to replicate paint chipping frequently found on Japanese aircraft.  

This will be my first experience with Vallejo Metal Color.  I've previously use Alclad II's line for metallic finishes, which I have always put down over a shiny black primer. My question is, do I need to put down a primer for the Vallejo as I would for the Alclad?  The primer I have been using lately for non-NMF has been Stynylrez, but I have a bottle of Alclad glossy black primer as well.

Edit - forgot to mention that my Zero will be typical dark green over light gray with the yellow leading edge found on many Japanese wings.

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:21 PM

I've recently (yesterday and today, actually) painted Vallejo silver and aluminum over both Stynylrez grey and white (don't ask me why, it's just how it worked out). Great results.

Works great over black too, have done it.

Yes, Alclad would work too but I see no advantage under Vallejo other than it's stinkier to work with. Big Smile

You should have no trouble at all. Enjoy!


  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 6:56 AM

I  used it over gloss black enamel, and it worked fine.  It is the only Vallejo I have used yet. It is not as polished a look as the Alclad polished aluminum, but does seem to be about the same look as the Alclad Aluminum.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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