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mr surfacer 1500, lacquer & airbrushing

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  • Member since
    June 2015
mr surfacer 1500, lacquer & airbrushing
Posted by Relentless on Monday, June 29, 2015 2:16 AM

Hi guys, been lurking but first post! Need help!

I have recently been having issues with my primer not griping enough to my resin and so decided to change over to Mr,surficer 1500

I plan on running it through my airbrush along with the Mr.color levelling thinner to give a nice smooth coat

Now up until now, I have only used acrylics through my airbrush so just after some advice before I screw everything up!

1. Do I need to do any prep to the resin aside the usual scrub and clean?
2. Do I need to do any prep to the airbrush aside from clean it?
3. What should I use to clean my airbrush with afterwards?
4. Should I change my psi?
5. How dangerous is it compared to acrylic and will my normal ventilation (respirator, spray box leading out of window, door open, window open) surfice?
6. Is it advisable to cover the whole model in an acrylic afterwards before building up my highlights?
7. Lastly, if I plan to use an oil wash later on after the highlights, will this effect the laquar primer underneath?

Sorry for all the q's but searching the internet I can't quite find all the answers I am looking for and I really don't want to mess it up!

Many thanks!

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, June 29, 2015 4:40 PM

Sorry never used it,I Have used Mr Surfacer 1200 in the rattlecan,and 500 from the jar ,but never ran them thru my airbrush.I like my primer in the spray can.

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:04 AM

I have used it and it's very good. I did find that the needle bearing in my Badger went bad right after I used it so I don't know if it was coincidence or not. It sprays very smooth and provides an excellent base for paint. The Tamiya white or grey primers are just as good.

Thinning is done with lacquer thinner. PSI depends on the AB and compressor so you have to play with the numbers but 10-12  psi is a good starting point.

Apply your top coats as usual and seal it with an acrylic barrier like Future or Alclad Aqua Gloss as a barrier if enamels were used as the topcoat colors. If so then the oil wash will affect it.

As with any painting, excellent ventilation is a must. If enclosed a respirator will be needed. I spray in my garage with doors open and a fan blowing out fumes. My painting station is about a foot or two from the edge of the driveway. I also wear a respirator on most if not all painting sessions.

As for cleaning the AB use lacquer thinner, break it down to get a complete cleaning. I rather go with a rattle can but I think you get much better flow control with the AB.




Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

  • Member since
    June 2015
Posted by Relentless on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:35 AM

Awesome thank you!

I plan on doing laquer prime, then top coats acrylic, gloss varnish then my oil washes. I am assuming this will be enough to print the mineral spirit damaging it?

  • Member since
    September 2023
Posted by apexdc on Friday, September 15, 2023 7:28 PM

I am planning on spraying some Mr. Color lacquer over parts of a model that were sprayed in enamel. I was planning on using the Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 white spray. Will I need to use an additional barrier primer to avoid having the lacquer interact with the enamel?



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