My first tutorial..well, not actually a tutorial, it is more of an explanation about paints. Since it is my first time so I figure out why not writing something simple 😀
So, there are basically three types of paint that is usually used in scale modeling. Their differences lies on the base material of the paint. There is the lacquer based, enamel based, and acrylic based paint.
Here’s the example of the bottles
The left one is an example of a lacquer based paint. It’s a Dark Green Mr.Color. Lacquer paint is the strongest, most durable, and hazardous paint compare to the other. The reason why I say that it is strong is because it stick nicely to the surface and dries quickly. It may be the reason why all primer paint are lacquer based. It could create a very nice glossy finish for your model too. However, this paint is very bad for your health, so make sure you use this in a well ventilated area and always wear a masker. Lacquer based paints are best spayed rather than handbrushed. You can spray it using an airbrush or from a regular spray can (most of the spray can are lacquer based).
Now, the one in the middle is enamel paint. Enamel have an almost similar substance with an oil paint. It is the perfect choice if you want to hand paint your model, or do a lining on your gundam. It is takes a pretty long time to dry, so it could give you more time to work on your model. It’s easier to erase too. From the health point of view, it is not that dangerous (but still, don’t intentionally inhale the vapors). the result of this enamel paints are usually not that glossy.
The last one is acrylic based. Acrylic based are actually a water based color. it’s the safest choice for your health, could create a beautiful glossy finish, but not so durable. After using an acrylic paint, a top coat is a must in order to protect the paint. If you use an airbrush, it will be so much easier for you to clean up your airbrush if you’re using an acrylic paint. Because water could get the cleaning job done 😀
Make sure that you use the same type of thinner when painting. Here’s the example the thinner for each type of paint:
I don’t know what will happen if you mix different type of paint and thinner…I never want to see the disastrous result anyway LOL
One more thing that you should remember is be careful on applying the paint. Make sure the stronger one is not sprayed over the weaker. Which means, lacquer should never be applied on top of an acrylic or enamel paint. Because lacquer will break the acrylic or enamel paint beneath it. That is only for the safe move. I actually have tried to apply a lacquer paint over enamel, the result is fine. But I already wait for the enamel paint to be fully cured (about 3 weeks). So if you have the patience (or if you have no choice :D) this rule is not absolute 😀
That’s all for now 😀 If you wanna add some explanation, experience, or if you see any eror in mine, please post your comment :D. Because I’m also still in the process of learning here 😀