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Old 01-28-2016, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know what kind of paint Century Models uses on its F-14s? Acrylic?
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are intending to do a major repaint, it doesn't matter what paint the manufacturer has used so long as it has completely cured. If you are trying to make a small correction and wish to get an exact match, I'd go with an oil based paint and find--or mix up--- what seems like a match. Then apply a sample of it on some plastic and let it dry----paint frequently changes color slightly when it dries. If you still have a match it's decision time. I find that the best way to go is to paint the entire adjacent area---say a complete wing----using the new paint---or paint mix. That way you get a greater degree of uniformity if small, subtle differences in tone, not readily visible to the eye, materialize.
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Default Re: Re-painting diecast models.

What's the best way to strip the paint from a model entirely?

Has anyone tried brake cleaner or that oven cleaner Easy-Off?
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What's the best way to strip the paint from a model entirely?

Has anyone tried brake cleaner or that oven cleaner Easy-Off?
unscented / clear nail polish remover tends to work.
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Years ago, when I started doing code 3s on diecast models, I stripped the original paint off using non-acetone nail polisher and, after much trouble, applied a primer coat and went to work, Since then I have simply fine sanded down the upper surface---especially where the markings are applied, done a little panel line inscribing if needed and used what's there as the primer. This method works just fine for me and it's a lot, lot easier
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I have only removed the tampo markings and in same cases the camouflage paint that lifts off easily with acetone. If needed, I would use primer if I thought the base paint would not support me directly painting over it.
But I have never and probably would never strip to bare metal. I've heard stories about paint and primer not wanting to stick to the bare metal. That is enough for me to shy away from it.
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I have only removed the tampo markings and in same cases the camouflage paint that lifts off easily with acetone. If needed, I would use primer if I thought the base paint would not support me directly painting over it.
But I have never and probably would never strip to bare metal. I've heard stories about paint and primer not wanting to stick to the bare metal. That is enough for me to shy away from it.
Depends on what sort of primer you use, I have used Tamiya primer from the rattle can on bare metal before and it sticks very nicely
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Years ago, when I started doing code 3s on diecast models, I stripped the original paint off using non-acetone nail polisher and, after much trouble, applied a primer coat and went to work, Since then I have simply fine sanded down the upper surface---especially where the markings are applied, done a little panel line inscribing if needed and used what's there as the primer. This method works just fine for me and it's a lot, lot easier
Hi Epap. What flat coat do you use? I've recently got the testor's dullcote but upon reading comments in the net, some say when applied to whites, it yellows over time. I think IIRC that you used a similar coat or was it another member. Just wondering what your opinion on this one is. BTW I'm using Future for my gloss
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Hi Epap. What flat coat do you use? I've recently got the testor's dullcote but upon reading comments in the net, some say when applied to whites, it yellows over time. I think IIRC that you used a similar coat or was it another member. Just wondering what your opinion on this one is. BTW I'm using Future for my gloss

Tim, I use Dullcoat and am careful not to expose my models to direct sunlight as it may cause a chemical reaction and "yellow" the whites, slightly. I also use Future for sealing in decals as well as applying them and the same issue prevails---keep the model in a shady place or else the Future will turn yellowish.
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Tim, I use Dullcoat and am careful not to expose my models to direct sunlight as it may cause a chemical reaction and "yellow" the whites, slightly. I also use Future for sealing in decals as well as applying them and the same issue prevails---keep the model in a shady place or else the Future will turn yellowish.
Thanks for the tips Epap.
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