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How long does Tamiya dry?

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  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: Somewhere near Chicago
How long does Tamiya dry?
Posted by Teenage Modeler on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:26 PM

After airbrushing it and waiting for an hour, I tested an inconspicuous spot and test it if it is dry. It scratched easily. It's like when you're scratching paint with your bail, and it all got wrinkly, as if it didn't get dry.


How long is Tamiya supposed to dry, before painting another different color (I painted the part white, and I wanna add some red in the same part.)? 



*Edit: I just woke up this morning, and did a scratch test. The paint did not scratch at all, and feels dry.

If only I could show my models to my friends...



  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:01 PM

It depends on which reducer you used, how thick you applied it and environmental conditions.  

I generally wait overnight before changing color or any significant handling/taping.  You can cut that to an hour if you force dry it at 120 in a food dehydrator.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:12 PM

A good rule of thumb with Tamiya paint is to allow 24 hours for it to fully cure.  That depends on the color of the paint though.  Any Tamiya paint that is mostly blue or red is going to consist of dyes that make it take even longer to fully cure.

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, June 17, 2021 4:48 AM

A good rule of thumb with Tamiya paint is to allow 24 hours for it to fully cure. 

Whilst that is mostly true for flat colours (ie the XF range) it can take considerably longer for the gloss colours. Depending on how heavy a coat is applied, it can take weeks for some gloss colours to fully dry and cure.


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