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Best color for rubber tires and hoses
Posted by Raualduke on Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:34 PM
Been using Matt black for years,but I've seen photos on this sight that seems way more accurate.I'd prefer straight out of the bottle,but if I have to mix it that's fine to.any thoughts?
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Posted by corvettemike on Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:04 PM

Depends on what you mean by accurate. Anything lighter than pure black is actually delving into the realms of gray and can be attained by adding small amounts of white or gray until the color looks right.

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Posted by Milairjunkie on Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:13 PM

I don't know if you are an enamel or acrylic guy, but have you considered Tamiya acrylic XF-85 flat rubber black?

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Posted by Bearcat57 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:35 PM
straight black is just way too stark and almost never looks right..I always lighten it up with gray til I'm satisfied with the results. I once bought a color simply called 'rubber' but it just looked like dark brown to me. My best results have still come from mixing up my own brew.
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Posted by Stage_Left on Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:42 PM

MM enamel has a color called U.S. Army Helo Grey. It's basically the color of asphalt or tires, and I highly recommend it if you use enamels.

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Posted by waynec on Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:48 PM

as i use acrylics i color mine with MMA engine gray. not as thin as a wash but thinner than paint.  and i do a lot of warwheels. the only time i had some flake off badly was when i was putting the rubber tires on the road wheels of the afv club SHO'T KAL.

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Posted by Nathan T on Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:51 PM

Gunze H77 tire black, or I've heard great things about Vallejo rubber. If you wanna mix your own, just add some brown to your black to get a good scale/worn look.

 

 

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Posted by Raualduke on Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:10 PM

Thanks to all replies, very helpful

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Posted by Bronto on Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:57 PM

Try Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black or MM interior black, both are very very very dark grays.

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Posted by Chrisk-k on Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:02 PM

Tamiya Nato Black

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Posted by montague on Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:35 PM

I agree, Nato black

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Posted by Pawel on Friday, March 1, 2013 2:01 AM

Hello!

My favourite is the Humbrol 32 dark grey - I use it all the time. Hope it helps, have a nice day

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Posted by eatthis on Friday, March 1, 2013 2:15 AM

i use german grey wich is dark enough for me

 

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Posted by P mitch on Friday, March 1, 2013 3:10 AM

I've used the Vallejo  rubber paint and it looks great, even feels like rubber too.

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Posted by Raualduke on Friday, March 1, 2013 6:01 AM

Again thanks to all replies .seem to be a lot of options out there

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Posted by JOE RIX on Friday, March 1, 2013 6:46 AM

Yup, I'm part of the Tamiya NATO Black club.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, March 1, 2013 6:56 AM

I mix Tamiya Flat Black with their German Gray

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Posted by viking73 on Friday, March 1, 2013 7:44 AM
Floquil Grimy Black is a good one also!

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 1, 2013 8:57 AM

It depends on the environment.  Sometimes a little brown helps.  Testors makes a rubber color, but to me it is TOO brown. If you are going to be weathering, just a gray is fine.  Account for a dusty environment with weathering.  But the color of a tire (other than brand new just unwrapped) will vary from mfg to mfg and by other factors.  Almost any really dark gray with just a smidgeon of color will be better than a flat black. I leave the flat black (out of bottle) for cavities that I don't want to drill out but still look like an opening.

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Posted by Back in Town on Sunday, March 14, 2021 4:05 PM

Low-Tech, but it worked: I tried mixing Old Fashioned Testors Tiny Bottles using 90% Gloss Black and 10% Flat White . . . and got decent results.

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Posted by TheDemiGod on Sunday, March 14, 2021 6:05 PM

Wow... nobody even noticed that Mission Model Paints has a color called Tire Black.

Linden Hill also has Worn Tire Black as well. Both are spot on especially for aircraft tires. Flat Black, NATO Black doesn't look too accurate for tires color. Too stark. Rubber you probably could pass for it but not without a little black muxed in. German Grey... maybe. I never use that color for tires.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, March 14, 2021 6:58 PM
Tamiya XF-85

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Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, March 14, 2021 8:30 PM

Panzer Aces 'new' dark rubber and their 'old' light rubber.  I paint the sidewalls light rubber then dry brush the tread dark rubber.  

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 15, 2021 11:27 AM

From 2013 and still alive. Surprise

I like Testors in the small bottle flat rubber. Has a hint of brown and to me looks like weathered rubber with that dark weird shade , not black or brown.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:46 AM

plasticjunkie

From 2013 and still alive. Surprise

I like Testors in the small bottle flat rubber. Has a hint of brown and to me looks like weathered rubber with that dark weird shade , not black or brown.

 

I still see new bottles in the rack occasionally, but they seem to run that color infrequently :-(

 

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:48 PM

I find Tamiya German grey a nice color for tires.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:34 AM

Hi Pawel!

 I use that as well as a mix of mine. Dark slate Humbrol with a drop of Deep Brown to do it. The Deep brown is an old Floquil bottle I have that is only a quarter used up.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:49 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi Pawel!

 I use that as well as a mix of mine. Dark slate Humbrol with a drop of Deep Brown to do it. The Deep brown is an old Floquil bottle I have that is only a quarter used up.

 

You said the magic name,  You wonder what gets into the heart of man to take such a thing off the market as Floquil was..... Great paint, best seller and poof gone !

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