5 Tips for Applying Model Paint 5 Tips for Applying Model Paint

Model makers all over the globe know that there are a number of differences that can be found in model paint. Some enthusiasts prefer to use different types of paint to produce different effects on an assortment of airplanes, ships, cars, building or other models. If you are newer to the modeling world, read on for some useful tips about painting models.

Tip 1 – Choose the Right Paint

If you buy a model kit, you will probably get all the brushes and paints that are required inside the kit as an all-in-one box project. That is the easiest way to begin your modeling hobby. However, if you have bought molds and separate modeling items instead of a kit, you might be at a disadvantage if you are unfamiliar with the best paints to use. Enamel or acrylic paint is the most widely used for models. They emit less nasty fumes and also dry quicker than most other sorts of paint.

Tip 2 – The Right Brush

Using the right type of brush will help you to apply the model paint correctly. If the model is small and fiddly, such as a small soldier, you will need a very thin tipped natural brush which will keep its shape and let you get those miniscule details painted cleanly. Tiny items like hands, guns, hats and faces require a brush which can cope well with those areas of the model.

Tip 3 – Removing Debris

Before you begin painting your model, it needs to be completely free of surface grease. Handling the model will inevitably result in finger grease and prints begin placed around the mode, so use an appropriate solution to clean the model thoroughly and, if needed, wear gloves to protect the surface when handling the model.

Tip 4 – Painting Model Cars

If the model you are painting is a car, you can use real auto paint. The main advantage is that it will offer your model car a more realistic finish which will be comparable to that of a real car. If you do use an auto spray paint, make sure you use it in an extremely well ventilated area or outside. Spray paint is highly unsuitable for closed environments and it emits strong odors.

If you intend to use auto paint, it is suggested that you prime and paint the body of the car before you assemble the entire piece. That will reduce the need to mask off areas that should not be painted.

Tip 5 – Painting Plastic and Metal

Various models come in various materials. Die-cast models will usually be made from a metal and the type of paint you use will be largely dependent on the material you are painting onto. Do some research if you are not sure about the best sort of paint or primer to use on the material used in your model. Acrylic paint is usually vastly more suitable to plastic models whereas metal models can be primed with auto paint using either a brush or spray.

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