Customs: Painting with Enamels?

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  1. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    I tried searching OWAT's thread for tips on useing enamels but couldn't find anything.

    Are enamels good for painting transformers? I bought a model painting set but I want to know before I start painting figures.


    Any opinions or tips on useing enamel paints?
     
  2. funkatron101

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    In my experience, using spray enamels works well, although it seems to take longer to cure. Some of mine still seem sticky from time to time. Hand painting with enamels (my first and only experience is with my movie Brawl) had me a bit frustrated, as I didn't thin the paint enough.
     
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    In my experience, using spray enamels works well, although it seems to take longer to cure. Some of mine still seem sticky from time to time. Hand painting with enamels (my first and only experience is with my movie Brawl) had me a bit frustrated, as I didn't thin the paint enough.
     
  4. EvaUnit13

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    I've been using enamels, haven't used any other kinds so I can't offer a comparison. They work pretty good, and if you mess up, you can just get some thinner to take it off.
     
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    I've been using enamels, haven't used any other kinds so I can't offer a comparison. They work pretty good, and if you mess up, you can just get some thinner to take it off.
     
  6. Switch625

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    I used to use enamels, until I found out on this board that enamels and toy plastic don't mix. They may look good in the short term, but over time the paint causes the plastic to deteriorate.
     
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    I used to use enamels, until I found out on this board that enamels and toy plastic don't mix. They may look good in the short term, but over time the paint causes the plastic to deteriorate.
     
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    Enamel works ok on certain things. Panel lines work pretty good with enamel. Small details like eyes work ok with enamel. Full paintjobs? No, sir.
     
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    Enamel works ok on certain things. Panel lines work pretty good with enamel. Small details like eyes work ok with enamel. Full paintjobs? No, sir.
     
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    I like enamels only for metallics. Acrylic metallic paint is just too damn thin. Tester's acrylic silver borders on being a wash.
     
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    I like enamels only for metallics. Acrylic metallic paint is just too damn thin. Tester's acrylic silver borders on being a wash.
     
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    I use a mix of enamels and accrylics. They take longer to cure and you need to thing it down a bit. Plus it will rub off on connecting joints.

    It does the job. Just start painting and try and error.


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    I use a mix of enamels and accrylics. They take longer to cure and you need to thing it down a bit. Plus it will rub off on connecting joints.

    It does the job. Just start painting and try and error.


    iDD
     
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    I use 100% enamels.
    reasons:

    1) less coats needed.
    2) metallics more vibrant.
    3) thinner 'erases' paint.
    4) slower dry time.
    5) longer lifespan. (auto/professional manufacturers use enamels for a reason)
    6) can be thinned down better than acrylics.
    7) I like a glossy finish...these are robots afterall...they shouldn't be finished in matte.
     
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    I use 100% enamels.
    reasons:

    1) less coats needed.
    2) metallics more vibrant.
    3) thinner 'erases' paint.
    4) slower dry time.
    5) longer lifespan. (auto/professional manufacturers use enamels for a reason)
    6) can be thinned down better than acrylics.
    7) I like a glossy finish...these are robots afterall...they shouldn't be finished in matte.
     
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    To each his own. Here is how I look at it.

    1) I would rather use more thin coats, then risk having uneven thicker coats
    2) Possibly. I know Tamiya has some great metallic acrylics. I'm currently using gun metal and copper and love them.
    3) Same for Acrylics as well
    4) I would rather have quicker drying time so I can finish sooner.
    5) Cars are a bit different than toy transformers. Professional grade auto paint is a bit different than model enamels.
    6) It seems comparable to me.
    7) Sure glossy for some, not for all. Personally I much prefer a matte finish for any airplane or military transformer. Glossy finishes tend to hide the great detailing that these toys have. IMO, most of the Classics Starscream repaints I see are ruined a bit with all the glossy finishes.
     
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    To each his own. Here is how I look at it.

    1) I would rather use more thin coats, then risk having uneven thicker coats
    2) Possibly. I know Tamiya has some great metallic acrylics. I'm currently using gun metal and copper and love them.
    3) Same for Acrylics as well
    4) I would rather have quicker drying time so I can finish sooner.
    5) Cars are a bit different than toy transformers. Professional grade auto paint is a bit different than model enamels.
    6) It seems comparable to me.
    7) Sure glossy for some, not for all. Personally I much prefer a matte finish for any airplane or military transformer. Glossy finishes tend to hide the great detailing that these toys have. IMO, most of the Classics Starscream repaints I see are ruined a bit with all the glossy finishes.
     
  18. Methos

    Methos ...Hail Megatron

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    Use a can of flat white enamel spray paint as a primer,then your paints will hold better.
     
  19. Methos

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    Use a can of flat white enamel spray paint as a primer,then your paints will hold better.
     
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    gotta gloss the right areas. enamel gloss >>> acrylic gloss. it will last longer and much more durable.

    I'd like to reply back if you don't mind. (mine are in red)
     

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