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Testors Model Master, Pactra, and Aztec paints
Posted by Tim Kidwell on Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:53 PM
Hey Enthusiasts,
I want to share a bit of news with you. Seeking information about the status of the status of several of Testors long-standing paint lines, we have received the following from Vince Pierri, Senior Manager, PR & Corporate Communications for Rust-Oleum:
 
“With a long history of producing quality hobby kits and supplies, we are evolving our strategy to focus more keenly on Testors, our flagship brand. To that end, we are discontinuing our PACTRA, AZTEK, and Model Master brands as demand for these products continues to decline. We will continue to support the hobby market with a robust line of aerosols, brush paints, tools and accessories – always looking for opportunities to innovate in these categories.”
 
We have no idea how long this change will take to implement or how soon it will affect the availability of the paints and supplies. We'll let you know when we know more.

 

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Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Thursday, April 30, 2020 5:02 PM
I'm very disappointed to hear this. I know it's been rumored for a while, but it's still disappointing. I've come to be a big user of Model Master Acrylic and prefer it over Tamiya acrylics for my brush paint. I hope they keep the same formula as the MM when they focus on the Testors line.
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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, April 30, 2020 5:08 PM

This is really bad news. I use Model Master Metalizer rattle can paints a lot and obviously there is no substitute.  

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Posted by TarheelRick on Friday, May 1, 2020 6:53 AM

And this is announced when all the hobby shops are closed so we can't make a raid on the ModelMaster paints still available.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 1, 2020 9:45 PM

JohnnyK

This is really bad news. I use Model Master Metalizer rattle can paints a lot and obviously there is no substitute.  

 

I use Model Master Metalizers a lot as well, though bottles rather than spray. They are incomperable. I don't know what I'll do without them. As it is, they haven't sold them in Canada for a few years now, making it difficult to get my hands on, so I can't even hoard a bunch. 

I wonder if it would do any good to write them with our thoughts on this, to keep the Metalizer line open. It is a unique line of paint, matched perhaps by Alclad, but they are very expensive and hard to come by in many places. I'll be sending them an email at least. 

Oh, this is bad news indeed. Not surprising, but not good. 

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Posted by steveracer on Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:24 AM

Tim, can you reconnect with your source, Vince at Testors, and inquire if they will end up just repackaging the metalmaster paints into a Testors labelled bottle?  

I suggest we all buy up now.  I have some metalmaster jars and sprays 10 to 20 years old that still work fine for me.  I bought some bottles a few months ago at the LOCAL hobby store.  I think you can still find these online.

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, May 2, 2020 1:32 PM

Something tells me the managers of all those re-opening HL's are going to be very happy with first week sales.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

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Posted by VintageRPM on Saturday, May 2, 2020 4:52 PM

195X

Something tells me the managers of all those re-opening HL's are going to be very happy with first week sales.

Supposedly, business was booming at the shops that stayed open and had "curb service".

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, May 10, 2020 3:12 PM

 

 

I usually buy my Metalizer spray cans from Hobby Lobby. I bought the can on the left from Hobby Lobby just shortly before if closed. The can on the right was purchased via the Internet and arrived on Friday. This was the first time that I saw a Metalizer spray can with a tan colored label.

The typical Model Master silver can on the left mentions "Testors" on the label.   I turned the tan colored can around and it had a big "Rust-oleum" label on it. There was no mention of the word Testors.  Has anyone else seen these 'Rust-oleum' cans?

 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 10, 2020 5:08 PM

Rust-Oleum bought out Testors.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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Posted by Blgrnday on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:01 AM

As many times as I've tried to paint with Lacquer , I can't make it work . My first experience with Testors Enamel paint was 1964 . I've been using it in the model car hobby ever since . When Model Master and Metalizers came along in the '80's , I was even more of a Testors fan . This is very sad to have such a fine line and selection of hobby paint disappear . I guess in this age of vanishing hobby shops and hobby distributors , Testors had no choice . 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 3:59 PM

Yea! I'm glad to see the ModelMaster Enamel go! I never use enamel spray but love their lacquer. I hope they keep the Custom Lacquer System paints with Car Colors. I know they have thinned the line. discontinuing colors like Wimbledon White and Phoenician yellow, but I hope they keep the rest. 

I still use their Metallizer Aluminum, Steel and Gunmetal in bottles but I have both an open bottle and an extra bottle of each so that should be good for the rest of my life. I used to use the Burnt Iron as a semi-gloss black by letting the flakes settle to the bottom and then only shaking it three times. It did a wonderful job on firewalls and inner fender liners with a brush. But they made a change a couple of years ago and its too thin now. It doesn't work anymore. 

I don't use much Testors enamels in a bottle anymore sinced they changed to a formula that only works with their own thinner which is outrageous in price. So I don't use much of it anymore either.

Even if they eliminate their lacquer line, I'll be just fine with Tamiya or find other brands. In my opinion, Rustoleum ruined the whole line of Testors paints and for my part, Good Riddance! 

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Posted by Painted Black on Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:43 AM

Well, I can not really say much about this subject since I quit using "hobby" paints like those mentioned about 20 years ago. Even when I did use them I wound up tossing them due to lack of use and the fact they dried up. Now I use DupliColor paints and decant for spraying and use craft paints for brush work....life is grand.

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Posted by amt68 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:07 PM

So what happens to the chrome silver that is only in the Model Master line and not part of the Testors line? I use that for all of my trim work. This could be a problem. 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, May 22, 2020 10:28 AM

amt68

So what happens to the chrome silver that is only in the Model Master line and not part of the Testors line? I use that for all of my trim work. This could be a problem. 

 

I use their Chrome Silver a lot. It will be a shame if that color is discontinued.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, May 22, 2020 10:39 AM

Okay, so let me get this straight. All of the round Model Master paint bottles will be gone and only the square Testors bottles will remain. Is that correct?

 

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10:01 AM

JohnnyK

Okay, so let me get this straight. All of the round Model Master paint bottles will be gone and only the square Testors bottles will remain. Is that correct?

 

 

That is my understanding, though I am still a bit confused over what is going and what is staying. 

It seems strange that this is the case, though. The MM enamels in the round bottles is a nice and comprehensive line of paints. On the other hand, the little Testors square bottles are outdated and the range is limited. Things got much worse for this line when they were reformulated about 20 years ago or so. Seems wierd. 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:40 PM

It will be a real shame if Rust-Oleum stops making all of the round bottle paints. I agree with you, the square bottles only include basic colors.

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Posted by jhande on Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:43 AM

Sad state of affairs.

I started (1966) in the car modeling hobby using Testors paints, they were pretty much the only option. When they released the Model Master line that opened up some nice options. Mixing your own colors weren't as necessary. Their product went through a change or two but always stayed my choice of paints. If I needed a certain color I would buy automotive touch up paint and decant it. I've been absent from building mostly for a few decades. Now that I'm 61, disabled and forced into retirement I'm getting back in. I've got at least a hundred kits on my shelves patiently waiting for me. I ordered all new paints, Testors and Model Masters, glue, tools, built a new spray booth and converted my home office to my hobby room.

I knew Rust-Oleum bought out Testors some time ago. I kind of knew bad things would come from that. Yep, sure enough! Drop product lines and/or colors of paint that are not bringing in BIG profits.

I tried long ago using acrylic paints from Tamiya but just didn't like the final out come. For me the acrylic paints looked flat and plasticy where as enamals seemed to give a depth to the finish. Maybe do to all my years in the automotive industry I don't know???

Well, since Rust-Oleum whats to play this game I'm going to stock up. I know paint has a shelf life but I'll get some colors I "might" need and an extra bootle or two of my favorite or most used colors. Hopefully I'll have enough to make it through the years I have left for building.

If I'm still kicking once my stash is built, I'll move on to building dioramas for my builds. I guess then acrylics would work fine.

Just my rant. My 2 Cents

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:38 AM

I agree with you.  I do not like acrylic paints. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday to stock up on Model Master paints. 

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