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Can anyone ID this paint please???

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Can anyone ID this paint please???
Posted by Souda99 on Friday, February 20, 2015 3:40 PM

Can anyone ID the three paints in the front of this picture? If so what is the brand and does it still exist? I used to have almost a hundred of these paints when I was a teenager that my aunt gave me in a box of modeling supplies. I loved using that paint the had the best rubber colored paint I have ever used along with battleship grey and and wood colors.

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Posted by TarnShip on Friday, February 20, 2015 4:20 PM

Those front three are Pactra Pla Enamels.

Those are long gone, but, back in the day that they were sold head to head with the Testors square bottles in the background, they were the "first choice" of modelers (at least the teenagers in the sixties)

I hoarded Pactra Olive, and bought every bottle I saw back then, for use on my tanks, aircraft bombs and any USAAF aircraft I might have built.

Those two bottles on the left came in glass or plastic at different times, they are the bottles the old timers are talking about when we mention "grenade pattern" or "pineapple bottles"

If you have some Testors Airbrush Thinner, you can rejuvenate those Pactra paints if they are liquid at all, even if they are pretty thick.

Rex

almost gone

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Posted by SoD Stitch on Monday, March 30, 2015 5:12 PM

That's it, TarnShip!

My favorite "go-to" paint back in the '60's & '70's, also. They had some unique colors, including a really good shade for RLM 70 called Black Green (which I still have a bottle of). I was basically "forced" to switch to Testor's MM paints in the '80's when I couldn't find Pactra paint at my LHS anymore. One thing I WILL say for Pactra paints is that they seem to last (almost) forever; I have some older bottles of Pactra paint that have to be at least 30 years old, and they're still usable; all I have to do is add some thinner every once in a while and they're as good as new. Can't say that about Testor's MM paints. In fact, certain shades only seem to last a few months before they start to congeal and go bad (the lighter colors seem to be the worst). Whenever possible, I'll purchase the smaller 1/4-oz. bottles so that I'm wasting as little paint as possible, instead of the larger 1/2-oz. bottles.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 8:56 AM

Boy, I haven't seen that stuff in decades!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:32 AM

Brings back old memories!  It also was packaged in a small, tall, skinny bottle with a brush in the cap.  Reminded me of how nail polish was sold.  I am amazed that it is still useable.  I think I last used it in the 50's!

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

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Posted by Texgunner on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:18 PM

That Pactra enamel that's still viable probably had the good stuff in it, lead and mercury!Big Smile  I have some Testors enamel in the 1/4 oz. bottles that still says .29 on the top of the cap, heck, it may say .19, I'd have to check for sure.  That stuff must be from about '65 or '66, maybe 1967 at the latest.  I believe it might still could be used with a bit of judicious thinning!?!?Wink

Gary


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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:22 PM

Lead and Mercury are natural elements, and there ain't nothin' wrong with them!  Just don't eat 'em, that's all you have to worry about!

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Posted by mitsdude on Sunday, April 5, 2015 12:55 AM

If I recall correctly Pactra was cheaper than Testors.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 5, 2015 1:37 AM

Another competitor's paint line that Testors eventually bought up and discontinued. They had some great colors that I miss to this day as no one else makes them... Oh for a time machine and a stack of $20 bills to visit certain old hobby shops that are long gone and bring back what I miss...

 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Sunday, April 5, 2015 8:38 PM

I seem to recall some bottles labeled "Testor's Pla", which indicates that perhaps Testor's gobbled up Pactra / Pla long ago.

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

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Posted by Texgunner on Monday, April 6, 2015 7:59 AM

Cadet Chuck

I seem to recall some bottles labeled "Testor's Pla", which indicates that perhaps Testor's gobbled up Pactra / Pla long ago.

Yes, I remember those as well, had some of the same at one time.


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Posted by DeeksLXIII on Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:35 AM

mitsdude

If I recall correctly Pactra was cheaper than Testors.

 I recall the same and pactra was in light plastic bottles while Testor's was in thick glass bottles, and I think Pactra actually had more paint in theirs, so it was a double win: lower price and more paint.  

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:57 PM

I used to buy Pactra all the time in the drug store, it was about all they had.  I still have some left including what could pass for desert pink because I had intended to do a couple aircraft from the area my Father was in early in the war, especially the Strawberry *** that had arrived at the A.F. museum.  Shame I just never got aroundto it.  It appears that all the paint in still useable.

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, December 9, 2021 5:25 PM

ikar01

It appears that all the paint in still useable.

That's one of two things I remember about Pactra: even opened bottles seemed to last forever, staying good to the last drop of paint.

The other was the odd fruity smell. Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by MJY65 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:40 PM

gregbale

The other was the odd fruity smell. Big Smile

 

 

I seem to recall the shape of the inside of the bottle matched the outside and was not easy to mix/stir down in the bottom corners.

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Posted by DooeyPyle67 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:43 PM

I still have one bottle of Pactra and yes, it's still good. :)

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:19 AM

Yes thet are Pactra paint. they were bought up by testerss and kept them for a few years then fased them out. I remember them from when my dad worked at a hobby shop. Theywere cheaper than testers . Boy does that bring back memories.

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