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Testors Acrylics
Posted by Dax-Bane on Friday, June 01, 2018 9:37 PM

Has anyone used Testors Acrylics??

I never knew they even made it.  Thought there were only enamels.  I saw some nice looking kits at a Hobby Lobby, and wondering about thier qwuality. 

Any thoughts or experience would be appreciated. 

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:16 AM

I use it and never had issues with them. Although others hate it. They've been around for a few years now. You've just got to figure out the best thinner : paint ratio that works best for you. Just so you know, I use Testor Universal Acrylic thinner (green bottle). That must be why I never had issues with them.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:43 PM

"Acryl". I've used them and like them. I find them esp. useful for brush painting.

My only caution is that they seem to go bad pretty quickly, like within a year. But that might be storage error.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, June 08, 2018 10:25 AM

I'm one of those haters. First, because they have terrible bonding qualities and will lift when masking is removed. You have to use a solvent type primer to give Acryl a bite into the surface. At least for me, it airbrushes LOUSY specially on tight small mottling. I'm an enamel user and have no issues with the MM enamel line. The few Acryl bottles I have are used as a last resort otherwise I skip them. 

Tamiya acrylics spray pretty close to enamels cause they are not true acrylics and can be thinned with LT. I also tried Vallejo Model Air which needs to be thinned even though they say it's not required. It sprays kind of ok and has a HUGE color selection.

I've heard of great things about Mission Model acrylic paints and will eventually give them a try also.

 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, June 08, 2018 10:27 AM

GMorrison

 

My only caution is that they seem to go bad pretty quickly, like within a year. But that might be storage error.

 

GM that goes for the enamels too. I have Floquil and small square  Testors enamels that are over 20 years old and they are like new. Looks like a quality control issue with the newer paints.

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Posted by Murphy's Law on Friday, June 08, 2018 12:15 PM
I too have had lifting issues, I have a few bottles but avoid using them if possible.
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Posted by laskdjn on Friday, June 08, 2018 12:16 PM

plasticjunkie

I'm one of those haters. First, because they have terrible bonding qualities and will lift when masking is removed. You have to use a solvent type primer to give Acryl a bite into the surface. At least for me, it airbrushes LOUSY specially on tight small mottling. I'm an enamel user and have no issues with the MM enamel line. The few Acryl bottles I have are used as a last resort otherwise I skip them. 

Tamiya acrylics spray pretty close to enamels cause they are not true acrylics and can be thinned with LT. I also tried Vallejo Model Air which needs to be thinned even though they say it's not required. It sprays kind of ok and has a HUGE color selection.

I've heard of great things about Mission Model acrylic paints and will eventually give them a try also.

 

 

 

Mission Models is the cat's pajamas.  Going from Vallejo Model Air to MMP gave an idea of what it's like to spray enamels though I've never done it before because of ventilation issues.

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 12:18 PM

I use Tamiya lacquer thinner with them as well as the Tamiya acrylics and have good results.  I thin them both about the same but I find with the MM paints that some colors are troublesome. 

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 6:10 PM

68GT

I use Tamiya lacquer thinner with them as well as the Tamiya acrylics and have good results.  I thin them both about the same but I find with the MM paints that some colors are troublesome. 

 

I never use Tamiya brand thinner for Model Master acrylics. Use Testors Universal Acrylic Thinner instead. It's in the green bottle.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:30 PM

With MM acrylic, I find if I scrub the surface with a gray scotchbrite pad my lifting issues went away over bare plastic.   Same if I prime first.

Can be had at any auto paint supply store or at most auto parts store. They are about the same as 400 grit, but won't remove details.

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