If I choose acrylics I'm less certain, though I have heard very good things about Testors. Acrylics are vastly more popular for airbrushing than enamels, even though technically enamels are somewhat easier to airbrush (since they won't drytip). I also regularly use Tamiya acrylics. Yes. However, acrylic paint is not as durable as spray paint or enamel. They're every bit as good as acrylics for airbrushing and I'd say they're generally better for brush painting - and every model has something that's brush painted. However, I still tend to mix a lot in the airbrush cup, especially since I use gravity-feed airbrushes. Acrylics are vastly easier to clean up and since their drying time is so low they're very convenient. My preferred brand is Gunze-Sangyo acrylics. Vallejo Air is amazing but you will have to thin some of them. That includes a good paint booth vented outside. Every few months I may take the airbrush apart and clean it with laquer thinner. I had only used my airbrush for one project before this year but advanced to "intermediate" skier (airbrusher) this year. Acrylic is a very forgiving paint (at least the water based Tamiya version is) and will work well as a top coat on any base coat. If you have airbrush, Lacquer is the best choice. I'll always advise new airbrushers to start with acrylics. I’ve never had problems using either in my airbrushes, single or dual action. Weathering my freight cars takes care of any flaking caused by handling. I use rattle can spray paint for most of my models. I am not really sure why laquer thinner cleans acrylic paint but accept it. It’s recommended for hand painting (slower drying allows for additional time for the paint to self level and hide brush strokes). - On the painting step, I made a mess of a gloss clear coat but found out why. Enamels always seemed like a dark art to me. Then take the airbrush & 2 soaking parts to the sink for warm soap & water & Windex (as needed) cleaning with a toothbrush & pipe cleaner. I only use solvent based paints in my airbrushes. Using ether type of paint I can switch colors on the fly without any problems. The main difference between enamel and acrylic paint comes from the fact that enamel paint is mainly oil-based and acrylic paint is water-based. Acrylic-based paints can be brushed on, sprayed on, and can even be found in paint markers. I guess I needed to thin it a bit more...I recently experimented with spraying Tamiya, since I have such a huge stock of it (but didn't want to bother with thinning before), and I frigging adore the way this stuff sprays. Can you even get paints with these solvents in them anymore? I'm sure this topic has been rehashed to death, but to be honest a few searches didn't yield the kind of information I'm looking for. Awesome, thanks for the info. They are great for use in an airbrush. Scalecoat, Testors, Model Master, Humbrol, Alclade (I probably spelled it wrong), and many more. It's harder to determine the ratio of paint to thinner if mixed in the airbrush cup. If I go with enamels I will almost certainly use Scalecoat as I live less than an hour's drive from their physical store. Thinner for airbrushing. I spent years doing a lot of airbrushing with the old Floquil back in the 60's and 70's. To my knowledge, I don’t know if there is an airbrush ready enamel-based primer designed for miniatures. They're just so simple to use. I just wish they had a bigger range like gunze. For those having issues with the application of Aqua Enamel (or any acrylic) I can highly recommend the use of Floetrol. I will put a paper towel over the nose of the airbrush and backflush, then change the flush in the jar. I still have a fairly good supply of Pollyscale in most of the colours I use, and a lot of other brands specific to certain end uses or particular projects, but have also acquired a fair amount of Scalecoat as the eventual replacement for Pollyscale. If you feel confident after a while, try enamels. So keep your enamels, use them. I mostly do modern jets, so grey, and all they greys I've tried needed some thinner. Based on the fact that I will be painting indoors (albeit venting out a window) I think I will stick with acrylics to start with. Still not comfortable trying to paint a locomotive yet. If you hand brush, Acrylic is the way. Good points on safety. Enamel paint tends to turn yellow over time in indoor areas where there is not enough sunlight. Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. I have five of the HF single action cheapos and they work as good as the higher priced models. Rio Grande. Enamels are better to airbrush, they just are. Try an airbrush medium that mixes with colors to make them metallic, or a medium that creates a glossy or matte top coat. - On cleanup, my research also helped a lot. Enamel paints also often recommended for panel washes. Don't like how long they take to cure. I'm going to go ahead and make the switch once I finish up my current model. The issues are pointed out above. Acrylics can be thinned fairly easy, enamels, IMO take a little more practice at thinning for airbrush use. Then reassemble & spray some denatured alcohol & store the airbrush. Basically a paint booth is necessary to vent the harmful vapors assuming you can vent enough away to remove the risk of breathing them. Airbrush needles are going to determine how fine are broad your airbrush lines will be. I do use (and recommend) a spray booth vented to the outside (mine is homemade, and has been in use for almost 40 years), and I always wear a respirator equipped with two-stage filter cartridges, which remove both airborne paint particles and noxious chemical vapours. I tried using rattle cans outside, but even that was not going to work out well enough. I focused on Testors Model Master and found success. On the other hand I've heard enamels give better results, are easier to airbrush, and give a tougher finish. Fear an Ignorant Man more than a Lion- Turkish proverb. It was very disappointing when Testors opted to discontinue it, in favour of their ModelMasters line - not a bad paint, but definitely inferior to Pollyscale in ease of application, versatility, durability, and shelf-life. Plus booth can be helpful for organizing your desk and it doesn't have to take a lot of space . Acrylic medium is commonly much thinner than acrylic paint by itself. Lacquer paints such as Alclads give stunning finishes too, but both lacquers and enamels require more careful applications. I had the same problem with Vallejo, they basically kept drying on the needle. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954. Do any of these paints use either of these two solvents? I plan to use the airbrush primarily for weathering, but I also have a few unpainted die cast, brass, and resin models I would like to paint. When i started again a month ago, I was just brush painting. The problem is that they're less durable (if you're not careful you can scratch the finish off before you clear coat it, although I dunno what you'd be doing with your kit to scratch the paint off :/) and they're prone to drytipping. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I mix this 50/50 with distilled water (bonus tip - never thin with drinking water or tap water!) Probably other damage also that I don't know about, simply blaming it on old age. Sorry, I know there are solvent based paints still available, I was referring specifically to toluene and xylene. When I upgraded to an airbrush, I really wish I had gone acrylic. But most Enamel Paints are a little to thick to be used with … Thinning Enamel Paint: With a List of Thinners That Work. As you can see, there is no clear-cut winner. Do yourself a big favor and don't use solvent based paints without the best protection you can. I started painting, back in the mid-'50s, using a brush and Floquil paints, and have used most brands of model paint since then, both with brush and airbrush. And much more! I've largely given up using enamels. I find tip dry a real problem with them, and I also like to airbrush with highly thinned paint, and there's a limit to how much you can thin these types of acrylics before performance really falls apart with runs, color separation and so on. to the Model Railroader forums. Acrylic paints dry quickly, are easy to clean and have no odors. I prefer acrylics for airbrushing simply because the cleanup is easier afterwards, and since the drying time is shortened I can paint several colors in one sitting. If not optimal, it seems an adequate starting point. The Action Road  - Focus 1977-1983. Model Railroader is the world's largest magazine on model trains and model railroad layouts. It can be used stand alone, or incorporated in with one of the following options listed above. (The ModelFlex is supposedly airbrush ok as in the new bottle). I have the right to remain silent. I researched lots of prior threads here and a fair number of YouTube videos and that got me over the hump. I've had far too much exposure in my life and while I don't have asthma, any number of pungent smells will start coughing fits. In this video you will find out the difference between using enamel or acrylic paints for scale models. I used Vallejo Air (technically I used AK Interactive's paint, but it's just Vallejo Air made for them in custom colors) on my last build and liked the way it sprayed overall, although it really liked to drytip--I had to clean the nozzle out after every couple minutes. Some tips with acrylic's, they make a acrylic airbrush medium. There are basically three different types of paint; lacquer, enamel and acrylic. In many cases, the color pigment saturation, durability, and overall final result on a miniature are also the same. Always use quality materials including quality paint and thinners be they enamel or acrylic, 2. IME more important rules than any acrylic vs enamel rulez 'arguments'. Acrylics are vastly more popular for airbrushing than enamels, even though technically enamels are somewhat easier to airbrush (since they won't drytip). I do not like the results I get with water soluable paints. Base coat acrylics can only be covered by more acrylics. We feature beginner and advanced help on all model railroading scales, including layout track plans, model railroad product reviews, model train news, and model railroad forums. Today we are going to see what is enamel paints and how you can use them! Enamel paints for models are generally excellent paints. The following video helped me considerably in understanding painting technique. Short compatibility matrix (thanks to Masataka Narita) The L E A (Lacquer Enamel Acrylic) Rule: Lacquers, enamels & acrylics can safety cover base lacquers. Wear a mask and/or spray in a ventilated area. Both airbrush-ready paints and regular model paints use water-based acrylic polymer formulas as the foundation for the paint. One is minimizing exposure to hydrocarbon solvents, including on cleanup. There are more similarities than differences between airbrush-ready paints and regular acrylic model paints. I am 40 Hr OSHA hazardous waste operations and emergency response trained have a respect for the harmful nature of the constituents in the solvents, such as toluene, xylenes and other petroleum based compounds. What are the pros and cons and what acrylics do you prefer? Acrylic vs. enamel (and primer?) I'm going to be buying my first airbrush soon, and I would like to know what folks recommend regarding the type of paints I should start with. No matter what kind of paint you use, you will need excellent ventilation (like a wide open window or door) and a respirator. Swap tips and techniques, show your latest builds/WIPs, post kit reviews and discuss the latest kits! A big initial issue for me as I tried some projects this year was cleanup. The best flat in fact is Acrylic, the best metallic is Lacquer. So, best to start out with the Manufacturer's thinner, even if a bit pricey, then experiment from there if desired. I thin all my Tamiya, and the odd other brand I use anyway. May 4, 2017 - Embedded thumbnail for Enamel vs. Acrylic Paint for Scale Modeling .. Floquil contained both of them. EPA regulations notwithstanding, the amount of harmful chemicals released by airbrushing modellers is miniscule, but if you're one of those airbrushers, do yourself a favour and wear a two stage respirator - that miniscule amount going directly into your lungs can prove dangerous with repeated exposure. A paint booth can remove a lot of those vapors but all? Without thinning, clogging occurs. Alclad is a cellulose/laquer based paint were both is possible. Just the other day I painted a three-tone camouflage pattern on a 1/72 F-105 Thunderchief. The smaller the needle the finer the lines you will be able to achieve but this is only to an extent as the effect will diminish the smaller you go. While I will continue to use various types and brands of paint, there are none with which I'm familiar, and in current production, which I would unreservedly recommend. to use as thinner instead of buying each brands own thinner. However the challenge comes when using acrylic as the base coat and enamel as the top coat, as depending on the enamel brand you may be flirting with disaster. I have never tired Tamiya. Acrylics seem to clog my airbrush more, while enamels just go through and onto the model SO much easier and smoother. My stock consist of Lacquer and Enamel, Lacquer for painting, Enamel for detailing and washing. From my understanding, at the very basics, acrylic is water based and enamel is oil based. I will probably use Testors Modelmaster paints as my jumping off point and see how it goes from there. I thin the Solvent paint (TCP) with Acetone and the manufacturers recommended thinner for Acrylics. They both spray beautifully, with the lacquer thinner tip dry is not an issue, and both can be thinned to within an inch of their life and still be good to go. After last night though, I really need to switch to acrylics. I normally use Solvent based paint (Tru-Color) when painting locomotives and passenger cars for durability and Acrylic (Crafters Acrylic) for freight rolling stock and structures. Leveling Thinner. The heat from my hands can damage acrylic paint that seems dry to the touch, but it is not yet fully cured. Use acrylic paint unless you have a special need for durability. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the modelmakers community. Click on one or more categories below to refine your search results. I couldn't do that with enamels. Such protection is recommended, regardless of the type of paint you choose. Dilutes color without loss of adhesion, resistance and consistency. Another is that my inexpensive (but adequate), externally vented paint booth may not be strictly compliant regarding flammability concerns because of the motor design. It’s easy to work with and can easily be thinned by mixing it with water. Protect your central nervous and reproductive systems! I start by just adding thinner to the paint bottle until near full, then shake. Press J to jump to the feed. On the other hand I've heard enamels give … Just recently switched to using Mr.Hobby's Lacquer Thinner to thin my Tamiya Acrylics and have enjoyed a distinguishable improvement in the paint quality output on my airbrush. Scrape some of the pastel into a fine powder, and add it to water for use as a detail enhancer. Since Volume 1 of the Paint Booth Airbrushing series dealt with the basics of airbrush handling, it may seem odd to skip basic spraying techniques and jump right to strategies for diluting paint. I was blasting a large amount of paint, from too far away, and the paint was drying to an extent before landing. Either way, it will take practice, but it is not too hard to learn. As I go to various train stores, I buy what I need, something that is Tru scale, sometimes Scalecoat, Model Master or Valejo. This is especially true for denser paints, like Tamiya, and when mixing in lacquer thinners (which many acrylics can handle). Here is a link to the MSDS for Toluene for example: http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927301. When it sprays clear, I am done cleaning. Acrylics are dead easy to use, and a lot quicker to use - get the hair dryer on them and they dry in minutes. I find those can airbrush on extremely smoothly, they thin out very well (I use Gunze Aqueous thinner), and they dry with a pleasant semi-gloss finish. With slower-drying paints like Scalecoat, the same process takes days to accomplish. Experimentation will yeild better results through time. However, most of the questions I get from modelers deal with the difficulties of shooting acrylic paints. fantastic. I also had trouble getting a nice gloss clear coat (before decals). Like you, I recently started  using an airbrush. Acrylic paint is ideal for creating designs on a variety of surfaces, including canvas, wood, metal, fabric, and ceramics, making it a versatile addition to your crafting kit.. I like the glossy finishes I can get, they are easy to clean up, I can get the mix just right, and I am happy with the results. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQmB6yvOJeE. Please be patient and stick around and join the crowd. I really wish I had done a little more research before buying all that enamel paint. I have no choice but to use acrylics even with a paint booth. If I could brush paint with, say, Citadel acrylics (the Warhammer paint), and airbrush with Gunze, I would be very happy. Acrylics are not "safer" in that regard. Modeling an ficticious HO scale intergrated Scrap Yard & Steel Mill Melt Shop. I am emphasizing acrylics for a couple of reasons. I hated airbrushing before I started using Tamiya paints. I use acrylics becuase they dry and cure a million times quicker than enamels. Ok awesome. Both thinned with Gunze Mr. the harmful nature of the constituents in the solvents, such as toluene, xylenes and other petroleum based compounds. I normally use Testors Dullcote in the rattle can for sealing. We recommend the addition of a few drops of Thinner to the colors while airbrushing. Then did the chrome strips and chrome around the windows with a Molotow pen which is some kind of alcohol paint (reluctantly thinking the alcohol might get to the Tamiya top coat), but it too went well. The airbrush in my case is used to weather my models. Enamel paints have a very smooth, professional finish once they are dry and they are most often used with an airbrush. Then, from a  siphon jar of clean or near clean Windex, spray some into the receiver, cover the tip to backflush, then exhaust again. Another magazine published a guide with acrylic equivalents to Polly Scale paints and how to handle them some time ago: https://www.testors.com/~/media/DigitalEncyclopedia/Documents/Testors/ebook/MRH-Acrylic-painting-guide-post-Floquil-Portrait.ashx, It has been updated. Then transfer them to the airbrush. Testors / testors / ACRYLIC PAINTS To refine this list of products, return to the grid view . manage your account online and more! Gunze/Tamiya acrylics SUCK for brush painting, while I've heard Vallejo brush paints very, very well. The best primers for metal models include the Tamiya Surface Primer and Testors Enamel Primer. The best enamel based primers are those in rattle spray cans (aerosol based primers). Does it make a difference if I'm asking for weathering or painting? Prehaps a good compromise would be a good vented paint booth and a half face respirator with a cartridge that is suitable specifically for the paint solvents. Totally agree, except I use Tamiya's lacquer thinner over the x20a. Any links to recommendations of paint packs would be much appreciated. Tamiya with their lacquer thinner is great (I don't have acess to Gunze anymore). I don't really use "pure" acrylics (Vallejo, Lifecolor, AK, AMMO etc) for airbrushing. Also, just to confirm, you can't paint enamel over acrylic can you? An example of this would be that of an illustrator’s airbrush, which is designed for use with ink, and therefore would not handle paint well. Airbrush Acrylic Medium Airbrush acrylic medium can work great for thinning your airbrush paint. Then spray again from a 2nd clean Windex siphon bottle. You can find it on the magazine's website.Regards, Volker. Mixing the right consistency is vital for the airbrush and paint to work together. Thank you to everyone for the detailed advice! People are still hoarding it today. Dunno, why I waited this long to get on the airbrush train . Second bonus tip - Doing this allows you to custom mix with craft acrylics as well. This works for me and I don't mind the steps, though I know others have developed a more efficient but successful approach. Thanks! Floquil contained both of them. Part of the solution was Windex. I use both Acrylic and Solvent based paint in my airbrush and both work very good. I have begun airbrushing acrylics because they are easier to come by, and they aren't as bad as they used to be 20+ years ago but I would still take enamel any day over them. Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, My primary single action airbrush is the cheapo from Harbor Freight. I have no experience with them, however. I tried a HF airbrush when my Badger was in the shop for a lifetime warranty issue and I didn't like it. Air and water propel the paint. Below is my very compact desktop one. If brushing use a quality brush (eg: sable), or if airbrushing, a quality tool with the mix thinned to suit the the tool and specific to … People who learned with water soluable paints also can get the results they expect and are happy with. The third ingredient is a few drops of Acrylic Flow Improver to remove surface tension of the fluid (you might have heard of folks using a drop of dish soap for the same purpose). There’s no doubt that airbrushing Tamiya acrylic paint is significantly better when using Tamiya lacquer thinner, rather than Tamiya X20-A acrylic thinners. Albeit the paints weren't the cause.Regards, Volker. Next thing I know I feel my thumb stuck to a model, and then when I remove it I see I've left a very noticeable fingerprint in the finish that will have to be sanded out. What works best for you depends on your airbrushing skill set. A proprerly fitted full faced respirator with the correct cartridges is probably the best way to ensure you won't be breathing the harmful vapors. Acrylics in my humble opinion are great for this purpose. If I’m doing a lot of painting using several colors in one batch I have a five port manifold so that I can use multiple airbrushes and not have to swap paint bottles. MR subscribers, check out the new All-Time Digital Archives, https://www.testors.com/~/media/DigitalEncyclopedia/Documents/Testors/ebook/MRH-Acrylic-painting-guide-post-Floquil-Portrait.ashx. What about wait time between coats on a complete paint job? So I use the Model Master thinner (Testors Aztek). Even with a mask on, the chemicals from the enamels seem so harsh. I learned to lower the air pressure and apply paint more lightly (trigger technique), closer to allow it landing wet, but without overapplying. Acrylic paint doesn’t turn yellow over time. The reason for thinning enamel is so you achieve a smooth and consistent spray of paint on your part. Others, you're better off with a designated booth with a decent respirator and a dust-free storage area. If you’re looking for a couple more options to play with, you can try these cheeky alternatives: Pastels: Excellent for tinting other liquids. I find them very easy to spray, but they are not very durable and certain colors - flat black in particular, tend to dry with a chalky sort of finish that is very unpleasant and difficult to handle. Been using Tamiya acrylics almost exclusively for about 3 years now with their proprietary X20A thinner. I usually use acrylics because I'm too lazy to thoroughly clean out enamels after spraying (I'm terrified of clogging up £250 of airbrush kit) - but I'll be the first to admit that you get a better finish with enamels; especially if you're going for a high gloss finish. I've rubbed off acrylic paint several times, usually on areas like leading/trailing edges of wings, exposed corners and other high spots, etc. Now, years later, I have intense allergies to all paint type solvents. No ventilation, no paint booth, not anything except my lungs sucking the vapors in. Acrylic paint dries faster than enamel. But I don't have to worry. I add a little of 70% Alcohol in the Acrylic mix if I need super fast drying time when I’m switching colors. Do any of these paints use either of these two solvents? They have packages of Vallejo on Amazon that I was going to try out so I don't have to spend a fortune on paint individually. Got so old Tyco cars that will be test subjects. Never had any issues with "stuck on" dried paint this way. Acrylic paint is also available in a variety of finishes or sheens ranging from glossy to flat. I like to work fast, and when I get some momentum going, I just keep going. The paint fumes issue isn't going to go away if you switch to acrylics. Modeling HO with a transition era UP bent. In my area, I can't see any difference between tap water and distilled water. I would recommend that if you're spraying solvent-based paints, wear a two-stage respirator and spray either in a spray booth vented to the outdoors or spray outdoors (and wear the respirator). I know this is not correct. Clean up - I quickly spray a full cup through of drinking (tap) water, then will either, A: tear down and clean with a old toothbrush and a bucket with soapy water in it, or, if simply changing colors, B: spray some soapy water through, then continue using tap water until it sprays clear. My understanding is acrylics are easier to clean up, safer, and dry faster allowing quicker layering of colors. Used both successfully (more or less) and i think I preffer solvent based more. Enamels & acrylics can cover enamels (but not lacquers!). My understanding is acrylics are easier to clean up, safer, and dry faster allowing quicker layering of colors. I heard good things about Tamiya, but the only thing is I can't seem to find them in kits and you have to buy them individually, which would be really expensive. I prefer acrylics, because I don't want the solvent exposure. I have the MSDS info on Scalecoat, and Scalecoat I and Scalecoat II both use Naphtha and Xylene as their solvents, albeit in differing proportions. Enamel Paints vs. Acrylic Paints. Can you even get paints with these solvents in them anymore? Enamel paints are great for painting a lot of different materials. What RioGrande5761 says it dead on. What this is, is thin acrylic medium, that can be used in place of thinner. Thinning is really pretty easy and it gets a wonderful finish, is really quite durable for acrylics, dries as quickly as Vallejo, and if properly thinned doesn't drytip at all. Dude that fruity smell Tamiya has always makes me smile. I think it is far more likely the Floquil line was outdated and not selling well. ... Acrylics are not really any easier to clean up, I end up using lacquer thinner anyway to clean my airbrush. They dry quickly, adhere nicely to plastic, and cover very well. I heard it'll cause a reaction and mess up the paint. Just add about 60ml to about 300-400ml paint in your dipping pot and the paint flows way better and does not dry as quickly – less … It came in a wide range of colours, was fast drying, and as durable as any lacquers or enamels. 1. Great stuff to airbrush. Acrylics are vastly easier to clean up and since their drying time is so low they're very convenient. Thinner is used to extend the colors, to increase fluidity and delay the drying time. I said my main reason for using acrylics is easy cleanup - cleaning an airbrush with nothing more harsh than Windex is a great thing, but I give up what I consider to be the main advantage of enamel paints - durability. There's no way to move that many items at one time if the paint is still wet...and may not allow easy handling for several days.When I paint steam locomotives, I use four or five different colours (mostly various versions of "black") and in most cases, apply them consecutively, using only hand-held cardstock masks at colour separations. Dammit and here I am with a brand-new bottle of the X20A. I believe that today's better than average train store, has a worse selection of paints than 30 years ago. Use a respirator and a box or spray outside. By posting here I have given up that right and accept that anything I say can and will be used as evidence to critique me. I also will, upon reassembly, use a product called "needle juice" on a lint free cloth to wipe down the enire airbrush body, cap, cup, needle, and trigger, before reassembling it. Southland Industrial Railway or S.I.R for short. 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