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paint brand
Posted by modelmaker66 on Monday, October 14, 2019 11:22 PM

Hi, I normally use Tamiya or Vallejo model air (sometimes) to airbrush. I have been looking at say the Ammo of Mig, Ak Interactive and Vallejo sets on line. Does anyone use them and what ones do  you prefer and why? The Ammo and vallejo seem cheaper than the AK. Otherwise what is the difference? How do they spray? How well do they cover, mix, thin? What should I stay away from?

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:44 PM

If I have a hard time learning a paints ways then I tend to avoid that one. Like I wouldn't specifically pick  out Vallejo Model Color to use for airbrushing for instance but would use it for brushing. I personally have no trouble with Valljo Model Air, a splash of thinner a drop of retarder ( or their flow aid) and good to go. That said learning each paints ways is an experience, it takes some testing ( so happens I love to test, maybe more than building). I use a cross section of various brands and I don't buy sets of paint because you get colors you may never use or I do anyway. I also still spray enamels to some degree and quite a bit of craft paint. I prime everthing first thing, then there is no sticking issues, no color shifting or shading issues etc. I believe in a stable base for my paints, it just takes out un needed variables and only takes a few minutes to blast on there. Now I can put down any paint I want and not looking for the magic bullet paint.

They all spray fine if mixed right. They all cover well if the base is close in shade and they all stick well to primer if not so well to bare plastic. Ends a lot of trouble to check all those boxes. You will get fans of each brand you mentioned so what more can really be said lol ! Pick one or two and learn their ways.

 

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  • From: Chicago area
Posted by modelmaker66 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:38 PM

oldermodelguy

If I have a hard time learning a paints ways then I tend to avoid that one. Like I wouldn't specifically pick  out Vallejo Model Color to use for airbrushing for instance but would use it for brushing. I personally have no trouble with Valljo Model Air, a splash of thinner a drop of retarder ( or their flow aid) and good to go. That said learning each paints ways is an experience, it takes some testing ( so happens I love to test, maybe more than building). I use a cross section of various brands and I don't buy sets of paint because you get colors you may never use or I do anyway. I also still spray enamels to some degree and quite a bit of craft paint. I prime everthing first thing, then there is no sticking issues, no color shifting or shading issues etc. I believe in a stable base for my paints, it just takes out un needed variables and only takes a few minutes to blast on there. Now I can put down any paint I want and not looking for the magic bullet paint.

They all spray fine if mixed right. They all cover well if the base is close in shade and they all stick well to primer if not so well to bare plastic. Ends a lot of trouble to check all those boxes. You will get fans of each brand you mentioned so what more can really be said lol ! Pick one or two and learn their ways.

 

 

Excellent reply! Thank you for your insight, I really need it!Yes

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    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:28 PM

modelmaker66

 

 Pick one or two and learn their ways.

 

 

Excellent reply! Thank you for your insight, I really need it!Yes

 

 

It might be good if you have issues on the paints you already use to ask questions specific to those issues with them fwiw. That's a decent starting point.

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