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Posted by oldermodelguy on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:05 AM

I know the thread is a month old now and inactive but I just wanted to say I hit on the combo of Tamiya LP lacquers and Mr Leveling Thinner and wow ! LP1 is Gloss black and it's knock down gorgous . Thinned it 1/1, so easy it's crazy. In the dehydrator it was dry in 10 minutes and every bit as glossy as when wet. Cleaned right up with hardware store lacquer thinner. My local hobby guys got it in ( both the spray cans and these bottles) but they are just 10ml bottles. I don't think they got all colors either but a couple of the tough ones to get right they have.

I'll be using this black on my classic car fenders and such. If they come out like my test shoots no polishing. And the odor really isn't bad considering lacquers generally are terrible in that way. Anyway, long story short I'm pleased they work so nice and finally I got access to some locally.

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 1:00 PM

oldermodelguy

I know the thread is a month old now and inactive...

Oh, don't feel bad! We've had far older threads come back to life! Big Smile

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 2:07 PM

oldermodelguy

I know the thread is a month old now and inactive but I just wanted to say I hit on the combo of Tamiya LP lacquers and Mr Leveling Thinner and wow ! LP1 is Gloss black and it's knock down gorgous . Thinned it 1/1, so easy it's crazy. In the dehydrator it was dry in 10 minutes and every bit as glossy as when wet. Cleaned right up with hardware store lacquer thinner. My local hobby guys got it in ( both the spray cans and these bottles) but they are just 10ml bottles. I don't think they got all colors either but a couple of the tough ones to get right they have.

I'll be using this black on my classic car fenders and such. If they come out like my test shoots no polishing. And the odor really isn't bad considering lacquers generally are terrible in that way. Anyway, long story short I'm pleased they work so nice and finally I got access to some locally.

 

Hey Dave, thanks for this follow up! This is a great report about Tamiyas LP series of paint. It's funny you posted this because just last week I noticed my local HT stocks it. I had wondered if it was any good. I will try it!

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 2:07 PM

the Baron

 

 
oldermodelguy

I know the thread is a month old now and inactive...

 

 

Oh, don't feel bad! We've had far older threads come back to life! Big Smile

 

Ditto.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 3:27 PM

Ya. they work great. Just lmiited gloss solid colors out here so far. They have about every spray can I think. I've been on the lookout for the LP black though so got that at least..

My 57 T Bird will still get decanted 2x Torquoise though. Non of that in this line up. That's ok, decanted 2x enamel with a little thinner added comes out as nice just slower drying.

Edit: by the way I used the Paasche H #3 needle set and side cup @ 20 psi. Usually lacquers I shoot with my Badger and .25 needle but the Paasche was sitting there so what the heck. The # 3 kind of poured the paint on lol. But it came out nice.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 4:36 PM

Aha!

 I know what I have to try! Maybe a good reason to shake the dust of the old Badger!

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 6:57 PM

Tanker-Builder

Aha!

 I know what I have to try! Maybe a good reason to shake the dust of the old Badger!

 

If you have them around your area it's worth a shot, I think you would appreciate how these paints lay down.

My Badger 200 is pushing on towards 50 years with me, it looks it but still going strong.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, March 12, 2022 4:45 PM

Eaglecash867

I'm using MRPs lacquers almost exclusively now.  They're kinda pricey, but absolutely trouble-free...which more than makes up for the extra money spent.  They go straight from the bottle to the airbrush, and have absolutely no tip dry, even in the high altitude/low humidity environment I live in.  Unless they specify otherwise on the bottle, all of their colors are semi-gloss.  I thought that was going to be a problem at first, since I mostly build military aircraft.  But, as it turns out, its actually an advantage, because it eliminates the step of putting on a gloss clearcoat before putting decals on.  It cures completely to an extremely durable finish in less than an hour.  The cured product is so nice that it almost looks as if the plastic you painted with it was born that color.  No screwing around with this thinner or that retarder...just straight from the bottle to the model.  HUGE selection of colors that are perfect matches for military colors from all kinds of different countries...pretty much the full Federal Standard line and LOTS of Russian military colors.  A really cool thing I found with it recently is that it is 100% impervious to enamel thinner.  So, if you do your base color with it...such as the white landing gear on an F-16, you can then use good old Testors square bottle metallic silver for the bare metal parts, and if you screw up and get that silver paint where you don't want it...just dampen a q-tip with enamel thinner and wipe it off.  It won't start to dissolve the MRP paint, no matter how much wiping and rubbing you do with it.  That's a first.  I haven't seen a paint yet that doesn't incur some kind of damage from enamel thinner, but this doesn't.  Heh...as you can see...I'm definitely hooked.  Its the Holy Grail of model paint as far as I'm concerned.  Its almost more of an ink, in that it atomizes extremely well and lays down very nicely.

Everything on this 1/72 F-16B was painted with MRP paint (except for the bare metal parts on the landing gear and missiles which were Testors square bottle metallic silver of course).

 

Hey, EagleCash... today, I tried MRP through my Badger 155. You are not kidding about this paint! This stuff sprayed like silk straight from the bottle. It is hands down the best paint I have ever sprayed. It had great coverage, it lays down super thin, and like you said, no tip dry! I am really impressed with this stuff. I purchased white, black, gloss clear, flat clear, and semigloss clear. I tried the white today and I am looking forward to trying the others. The only downside it is stinky, with being a lacquer. But that goes with the territory.

Also Guys, I am loving the quick disconnect. I am finding myself changing brushes on the fly, and there is another plus. The hardware allows the brush to spin on the hose. I like that. No more fighting the hose as it binds. That also helps with putting the brush into its cradle.

Just an FYI.

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 16, 2022 9:37 AM

Say Dave-- I purchased some Tamiya LP series and I will give it a try on my new project. I will report back once I try it. Do you have any updates since your last post? Still using it? Still liking it?

I will be leaning heavily on Vallejo as well. Supply chain issues is making me mix and match. Add that Vallejo has such a fantastic range of colors that it makes using their product almost impossible to ignore. Current local Tamiya stock is abysmal. So, that said-- I need to use it.

I have not had good luck with Vallejo paint, tip dry and slow curing, and I am a bit reticent. I am sure it is just me because plenty of people use it to good success. If you have any special concoctions--let me know. Have you tried using lacquer with it?

Recipes are open to all that care to respond.

Thanks in advance.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 19, 2022 12:28 AM

 I purchased some Tamiya LP series and I will give it a try on my new project. I will report back once I try it

Well, OMG (Dave) is onto something. I like this paint. It covers well, it seems to have good adhesion, it retains detail well, it lays down well, and the AB cleans easily with lacquer. One other thing. I sprayed some pieces today only to find my masking had lifted in a few hard to stick corners. This created areas where I didn't get paint coverage. My heart sank because it was a lot of work to mask and I dread the thought of setting up again for another session. Not a fan of brush painting, I mulled it over. I thought, what the heck and I pulled the trigger using a brush. I could not believe the outcome. The touchup blended almost perfectly.

A couple of things to note with the touchup. The piece had an MRP varnish applied and the base coat paint was leftover from the initial spray session. This was a custom color mix and the paint had been thinned for spraying using Mr Color Leveling Thinner. The point is, the paint was thinned and the piece had a varnish on it. Both things may have played a role in why the touchup worked so well. I expected to see a difference in tone because of varnish, but if there is, it is minimal.

My local HT stocks the LP series and that makes it another plus. So, when I want paint fast and I don't want to wait for MRP, I will reach for this more often than not.

Thought I'd share the outcome.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Sunday, June 19, 2022 3:53 AM

Bakster

 I purchased some Tamiya LP series and I will give it a try on my new project. I will report back once I try it

Well, OMG (Dave) is onto something. I like this paint. It covers well, it seems to have good adhesion, it retains detail well, it lays down well, and the AB cleans easily with lacquer. One other thing. I sprayed some pieces today only to find my masking had lifted in a few hard to stick corners. This created areas where I didn't get paint coverage. My heart sank because it was a lot of work to mask and I dread the thought of setting up again for another session. Not a fan of brush painting, I mulled it over. I thought, what the heck and I pulled the trigger using a brush. I could not believe the outcome. The touchup blended almost perfectly.

A couple of things to note with the touchup. The piece had an MRP varnish applied and the base coat paint was leftover from the initial spray session. This was a custom color mix and the paint had been thinned for spraying using Mr Color Leveling Thinner. The point is, the paint was thinned and the piece had a varnish on it. Both things may have played a role in why the touchup worked so well. I expected to see a difference in tone because of varnish, but if there is, it is minimal.

My local HT stocks the LP series and that makes it another plus. So, when I want paint fast and I don't want to wait for MRP, I will reach for this more often than not.

Thought I'd share the outcome.

 

Awesome to hear !

I got to reading my original message on this, wow I did come out strong for this paint but glad to hear it's working for someone else too. This may all be old news by now since I'm sure locally is a late comer to this game compared to world wide distribution.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 19, 2022 8:13 AM

"This may all be old news by now since I'm sure locally is a late comer to this game compared to world wide distribution."

True but if there are people out there like me, I would not have tried it unless I read your testimony. Yes

 

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