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Rattle Can Paint?

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    November 2003
Rattle Can Paint?
Posted by mrodgers on Monday, November 10, 2003 9:01 PM
I have been modeling cars for the last few years which I have used paint from a can. Im looking to model other stuff (armor & aircraft). Can you get a good finish using paint from a can if the paint schemes are not that complicated?
Eight Ball [8]Matt
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    July 2003
  • From: Dahlonega, Georgia
Posted by lizardqing on Monday, November 10, 2003 10:24 PM
Matt, first let me Sign - Welcome [#welcome] you to the forum. I have done armor with a rattle can with very good results. I never tried any camo patterns with one but if you do alot of ww2 u.s armor they were mainly just olive drab. Armor is also just flats so you don't have to woory about getting the real nice finish as you would a car. I am not familar with aircraft though. With armor another bonus is the rougher and dirtyer it is , it tends to look better anyway. Since I have started doing armor I have lost alot of interest in cars so watchout for being bit by the bug.
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  • From: Third rock from the sun.
Posted by Woody on Monday, November 10, 2003 11:34 PM
It is suprising how nice a paint job can come out of a rattle can. I had a buddy years ago who was afraid to try an airbrush. He painted some great luftwaffe birds by masking and using 3 X 5 cards with various patterns cut in them, such as holes for spotted finnishes.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 12:31 AM
Welcome to the forum, Matt!

I still use canned paint for most of my models, and really have had no problems with them. I wouldn't recommend doing a complex pattern, even with the templates. It could get quite messy, and the buildup of paint might look bad. JMHO.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 11:01 AM
I used a rattle can for my weekend wonder T-34, and Matt Usher has an excellent article in the December issue on painting from a can. Matt's article focuses on gloss finishes for auto models, but there's good general spray technique info in his article, too. If you build a lot of models, spray-can painting starts getting pretty expensive. If you do only a few a year, it's a viable alternative to the higher initial equipment costs and clean-up time involved with airbrushing. However, a spray can will never allow the kind of precise painting that an airbrush can do--you tend to lose a lot of paint to the walls of your spray booth--and you still need proper ventilation and a good two-stage respirator.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 11:42 AM
As a matter of fact, the can produces good results. Must agree with all that stated this fact.

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