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the new Liquitex Spray Paints...

June 28 2012 at 8:28 PM
david nickels  (Login djnick66)
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Someone had asked about these and I sprung the $12 to try a can. They are NOT really of any use to model builders IMHO.

To be fair to Liquitex, the stuff is an art paint, and the fanfare on the can describing its usefulness to art and craft projects really doesn't mean plastic model kits.

The paint is an acrylic, and it feels and smells a lot like latex house paint. It goes on very very thinly, but also its very translucent. Painting a nice Desert Sand color over light grey plastic gave me a sort of dark greenish earth shade and more coats did not really give the true color. Likewise, painting it over white gave me a white item with a yellow tint. Oddly for an acrylic, it dries somewhat slowly (a couple hours even in a warm garage) and it has a funny rubbery feel. When dry you can easily scrape it off to bare plastic or primer with your finger nail, so its not very durable. Being very thin, it tends to puddle, run, and drip easily.

I tested it on some actual model parts and its just not going to cut it. I will strip it all off and start over with better paint.

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