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lacquer paint and reflection

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lacquer paint and reflection
Posted by John3M on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:16 AM

After painting with the lacquer how long do you wait for the paint to harden enough to proceed with the assembly?  I guess the question should include acrylic as well. 

My goal is avoiding fingerprinting the paint and damaging the finish. 


an afterthought. I was reading somewhere about the reflection of the paint being in "scale" with the scale of the kit. full-size vehicles reflection when scaled down to say 1/35Th would have a scaled down reflection. Can someone address this and how to do the scaled reflection.


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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:29 AM

Oh a high gloss finish I like to let it dry at least overnight before any handling, just to be safe.


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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 12:24 PM

After painting with the lacquer how long do you wait for the paint to harden enough to proceed with the assembly?  I guess the question should include acrylic as wel

Depends on the lacquer.  With the MRP lacquers that I use, they are fully cured in less than an hour.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 4:13 AM

With acrylics the finish is touch dry within minutes, barring retarders and such. But certainly the same day. This, even though full cure to the depths of the paint will be 3-4 days. But you certainly can work with the model before that few days. In some cases minutes.

Lacquers in model scale finishing is fast drying. In either case and speaking for myself, I use a dehydrator, either finish type can be safely worked with after 30 minutes dehydrating. Non the less, some of my builds wait years to get back to assembly ! Anyone is safe saying that I'm in no rush. At all.

You can research online, scale effect of model finishes and come up with much more than we can post in a thread, both in terms of sizabl/managable context and knowledge, at least speaking for myself and how it relates to reflection.. I started to write on it but concluded I was scratching the surface and it was about all I knew lol !! So I backed it off and wrote this instead. Or maybe someone else can sum it up with fewer words and say more than I could.



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