Model Car World has been selling lacquer based paints for quite a while now. They are well known for their extensive color palette of beautiful colors. They sell many factory stock colors and for me personally, that works great since my favorite style of building includes lots of factory stock and muscle car automotive models.
I want to share my experience with you guys and on the onset, recommend these fantastic paints. I was given the gray primer (1004), Presidential Blue Metallic basecoat (6830) and their clear (1017) to try. All three items are readily mixed, thinned and ready to airbrush so there is no need to bother with thinning or anything else. The paint is stored in one ounce glass jars and the presentation looks clean and professional.
After washing my model and lightly sanding and removing any imperfections on the plastic, I set my compressor to 20 PSI and shot a few primer coats on the body. The primer sprayed very smoothly out of my airbrush. I know there are many valuables when spraying lacquers so your experiences may vary depending on ambient humidity and temperatures. The model was given another two coats with 15 minute intervals and placed in my dehydrator for two hours. This primer dried hard and very smooth so there was little effort sanding it when dry. I personally like using Micro Mesh’s 3200 grit sanding cloth to get the smoothest finish on the primer as I can. Remember, the smoother the base, the better your results will be at the end.
Next, the model was placed on a stand and ready to receive the color coats. I set my compressor to 20 PSI and shot a few coats on the body making sure to acquire complete coverage all around. The dark color covered quickly and smoothly and I felt I could have lowered the pressure to at least 15 PSI but the paint flowed very nicely and covered great. I shot another four coats of paint making sure I covered every nook and cranny on the body. Being lacquer based, the color dried very quickly which in turn is less of a worry if airborne dust is a concern.
I have always been very picky with the size of the metal flakes in my paints. Unfortunately, many hobby paints out there aren’t the best when it comes to this. I truly love the fact that this paint really looks to scale. I hardly noticed the metals in the paint at this stage which is great since the clear coats will definitely pronounce them more once on the body. I was lucky to get a dust free finish at this stage so once completely dry, it was set on my stand to receive the clear coats.
Again, the PSI was set to 20 PSI and I started on the clear coats. The clear shot very smoothly out of my airbrush and covered nicely. I misted two light coats at five minute intervals and finished with another four wet coats at ten minute intervals until I got complete coverage around the entire body. Make sure to monitor your work closely at this stage. You want to make sure to get complete and even coverage all around your model including the rear and front fascia.
The model was placed in the dehydrator for twelve hours. Make sure to let the body dry completely before starting your wet sanding and polishing stage. Though my paint turned out smooth, it is recommended to wet sand and polish to acquire the best possible finish.