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  • Member since
    October 2009
Posted by Kentucky Colonel on Friday, September 13, 2019 4:37 PM

Has anybody used Tru-color paints before? I have never heard about it and when researching paint for the USS Missouri  I came across this.

If anybody has used them how are they? Do they brush on ok if needed? What do you thin them with if you have to? Any info will be helpfull. Thanks.


  • Member since
    December 2011
Posted by sgtmick64 on Monday, November 4, 2019 8:59 AM

I am really susprised that there are no responses. I saw their add in the IPMS journal. I just might give them a try.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 4, 2019 9:43 AM

I saw the line appear at a local Model Railroad shop after Testors/Rustoleum axed the Floquil & Pollyscale Railroad colors. But I have not to spoken to anyone there as to how they are. They cost more and with so many other established alternative paint lines available currently, no one I know of in either IPMS or AMPS here uses Tru Color. None of the local Hobby Shops that I frequent besides the train shop carry the brand line. So exposure is minimal.


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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 4, 2019 10:40 AM

I havn't tried them although I did buy their US Navy pt 1 and IJN pt 1 sets, along with their thinner. I guess I should give them a shot (no pun intended) since I have them.

I'll let you know.

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 4, 2019 10:46 AM

Oh wait, I have Life Color. I did use some tru color a few years ago. I believe they are an acrylic lacqure. They sprayed like Mr Color and didn't like them but that's me. Others may love them. Full disclosure, I didn't use their thinner.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Monday, November 4, 2019 1:38 PM

Better for airbrush vs hand brushing

Good color accuracy and color density (i.e. opaque).   They claim that the naval colors are matched to the Snyder & Short color chips.  

They have a proprietary thinner which smells of acetone (thank you Dr Wilson's organic chemistry).   I have thinned with big box store acetone to spray.   


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