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Finally saying goodbye to Rattlecans!

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  • Member since
    June, 2014
Finally saying goodbye to Rattlecans!
Posted by bluenote on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 9:33 AM

I have struggled over the years to find a good and fun painting method.  I had struggled with airbrushes in the past, and then moved to rattlecans almost exclusively.  I mostly model cars and some Star Wars/Superheros but would like to try some planes in the future.

Anyway, I have been using Tamiya and Modelmaster Lacquers for my cars and I was somewhat happy with that.  However, as you know, rattlecans just spray the colour on like a firehose, and to be honest, I don't find it very enjoyable.  There's also the fume factor.  It's always somewhat stressful to see how it turns out (am I too far away, moving too slow, etc).  It's also very messy.

Also, I still find the colour selection lacking with rattlecans. For instance, I wanted to paint my 65 Mustang with a factory silver blue colour and I was barely able to find the Modelmaster lacquer can.  i say barely because it's been long discontinued for some reason.  I lucked into finding one last can at my local hobby shop.

Anyway, I decided to order silver blue metallic from Scalefinishes to see how it airbrushes.  This stuff goes on great!  With Scalefinishes, I can order any colour I want.  I prefer 70s musclecars, and it seems that Testors is constantly discontinuing colours, you never know what they are offering anymore.  Now, I don't have to worry about a specific colour not being available in a spray.

Also, last night I sprayed Tamiya acrylic for the interior (blue) and again, it was so easy to spray this stuff!  Very little odour, very little overspray, easy to clean up and it was actually fun to airbrush this! 

So, after lots of experimenting, I think I've found my painting process that works well for me:

- Scalefinishes for airbrushing car/motorcycle bodies

- Tamiya acrylic for airbrushing everything else

- Tamiya enamel (purchased through ebay) for brush painting smaller parts and details.

I have also started airbrushing Tamiya liquid primer instead of the rattlecan.  

So for me, I can finally say that the rattlecan is gone forever.  

Has anyone else ditched their rattlecans?  How do you paint your models? 

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 10:29 AM

Tell us more about Scalefinishes.  Who are they?  What is their paint like?  What is is that makes their paint good?  I can Google, but it is more fun and informative when a satisfied customer tells the story.

I normally don't build cars, but I have some in the stash.  I live in Hawaii, so mail order is out, but if they sell at shows or hobby shops I might want to give them a try.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
Posted by bluenote on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:07 AM

Real G

Tell us more about Scalefinishes.  Who are they?  What is their paint like?  What is is that makes their paint good?  I can Google, but it is more fun and informative when a satisfied customer tells the story.

I normally don't build cars, but I have some in the stash.  I live in Hawaii, so mail order is out, but if they sell at shows or hobby shops I might want to give them a try.

 

 
Their paint is basically the same as Zero Paints and Gravity.  I found it very easy to use and they a huge selection of colours (he will mix any colour you need).
  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:28 AM

While I have had airbrushes for about forty years, I still use rattlecans now and then.  I use them as main paint for large models sometimes.  I sometimes use a rattlecan for preliminary coats, sanding out the last coat before going to airbrush.  For cars, I sometimes use the lacquer touchup cans for the color I want, without the effort of decanting.  Yes, you do have to be careful not to overdo it- you have to be quick and keep can moving, but I find it works okay.  I do not use cans on models with a lot of fine detail or textures, but I build a lot of kits that do not have these features.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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