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Which Acrylic Paint

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  • Member since
    June 2019
Which Acrylic Paint
Posted by Alcore on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:20 PM

Hey all. I have been using Enamel paint but I am prone to headaches on a good day so the smell of the Enamel and Thinner doesn't do me well, so I am thinking about switching to Acrylic. Locally all I can get is Craft Paint, vallejo or Citadel paint. Any suggestions on which way to go brand wise? Price is always a factor but I don't want to compramise quality either. Thank you in advance.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:04 PM

For a minimal fuss relaible acrylic paint, I say Tamiya. At least for airbrushing. Handbrushing with them requires some tricks. But their colors are mostly generic, so mixing skills can be required. But aside from their thinner, no additives are required for airbrushing. I can’t vouch for Citadlel paints, and I’m not a big fan of Vallejo. 

Mission Models acrylics are pretty good, and hand brush better than Tamiya. 

Stay away from Model Master acrylics. Too many problems to easily list. 

I have slowly been trying Humbrol acrylics and have been really liking them for handbrushing, airbrushing, and packaging.



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  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:59 AM

I understand what you mean on the fumes. I use Tamiya paints and use pastels and watercolors for my weathering just to avoid the stinky stuff. The old sniffer doesn't appreciate the strong odors anymore.



  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, June 27, 2019 1:36 PM

A lot of times it's who makes the color you might need.I have used Vallejo,Tamiya,and Lifecoulor for acrylics.

When I do use enamels and lacquers,I use my respirator,so hence no odors or fumes.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, June 28, 2019 2:43 PM

Many years ago Floquil made a great line of acrylic paint under the brand Polly S. I have some from twenty years ago that are still pretty ok. I only bring it up because I don't feel as though things have improved much since then.

I second Tamiya, but it's true that they don't really sell ready to use US military colors beyond a few such as their own version of OD.

Most recently I've bought a set of AK Interactive paints. I'm going to try them soon on a little ship model. I will report on that.

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  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Northern Nevada
Posted by HighDesertmodeler on Friday, August 16, 2019 12:08 AM
my first choice is Vallejo Model Color. For hand brushing, the best paint out there in my opinion. You do have to thin it some so you can apply thin coats.


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