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Which is better to use acrylic tamiya paint on gundams or spray paint the one used for tamiya model cars?

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Acrylic vs. spray paint
« on: February 27, 2012, 02:49:08 PM »

So I hand painted a few models with acrylic but it takes too much time and isn't that near. So I thought maybe spray painting is neater, but the guy at the paint store is telling me I can't use spray paint only for the interior of tamiya cars. Finally I don't and can't use primer, therefore which is better spray or hand paint.
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 03:20:29 PM »

For starters, there are two different types of Tamiya spray cans. Anything with 'PS' or 'PC' on the label is for remote control car bodies made from Polycarbonate plastics. 'TS' labelled stuff is OK to use on Gunpla.

This might be useful : http://www.tamiyausa.com/articles/feature.php?article-id=72

Why can't you use Primer? If you are seriously wanting to paint and want the paint to stick, then primer is really a must as it helps the paint adhere to the surface much stronger than if sprayed directly onto the bare plastic.

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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 03:53:20 PM »

ye ive learnt the hard way primer is a must specially hand painting anything more then small details
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 06:05:56 PM »

I never use primer on plastic but I'm only a beginner  :)

I brush paint Tamiya acrylics quite a lot. You just have to practice to find the right brush size that suits your style and get used to the quick drying nature of acrylics.
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012, 02:26:48 AM »

The problem is I couldn't find primer anywhere even in the paint shops they don't even have industrial primer. If I coul find I could have bought.
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012, 06:22:17 AM »

I also wanted to ask where can I buy a good and cheap airbrush. And how does an airbrush differ and what do you guys recommend. I've only painted three models so far yet I wouldn't mind buying an airbrush if it can really improve my models. Anyway thank you and please guide me threw this as much as you can since I'm having few difficulties.
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2012, 06:45:29 AM »

http://gundamaustralia.com/forum/index.php?topic=1096.0

You can get a whole set up for about $150AUD. Airbrushes are about $20 off eBay, are are a great starting point. The compressor, can be found at a hardware store, and just set the pressure at something under 40 PSI.
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2012, 06:47:23 AM »

The problem is I couldn't find primer anywhere even in the paint shops they don't even have industrial primer. If I coul find I could have bought.

Try Automotive paint stores and get Self Etching Primer - it's the same stuff as Tamiya branded model primer.

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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2012, 01:26:43 PM »

using the spray can it will be expensive option since you will be wasting a lot of paint while spray painting - try google how to spray paint and you will know what I mean. =D

saying that you can achieve reasonable result using the cans...
here's one just after spray painting but before weathering...
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2012, 12:40:10 AM »

Is there anything I can use instead of primer?
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2012, 12:56:40 AM »

you can sand down the surface to get rid of that smooth plastic surface but unsure if the chosen paints will stick to the surface.
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2012, 05:14:49 AM »

I tried using sand paper on a white piece but it ruined the surface and when I tried painting black the scratch marks remained. :s
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2012, 06:42:02 AM »

The sandpaper you have used is too rough. Use a finer grit sandpaper as it will be less likely that you will have scratch marks on the plastic.

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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #13 on: February 29, 2012, 07:00:16 AM »

Tbh, I dont prime any of my kits before painting. Only use would be if youre wanting to change a dark colour into a much lighter colour, eg, black plastic to painted yellow.
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Re: Acrylic vs. spray paint
« Reply #14 on: February 29, 2012, 02:45:38 PM »

So I dont have to use primer for example if I want to color the same color like white to white or I want to change to a darker color. Also how can I paint white gundam parts white using tamiya acrylics without causing smudges, stains, and a layer showing. From my experience I believe white is the hardest thing to color using the same color.
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