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  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Trying to finish current build
Posted by NewB71 on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 5:59 PM

Currently I'm working on a revell '49 mercury. The car is ready for paint and decals but I may not be. Here's the deal.My landload is picky about what I do and he would probably flip if he hae anything that resembled a spraybooth and besides which I have breathing issues so me spraying it probably ain't a good idea. Anybody have any viable ideas  that might bring this to an end.



  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:47 AM


First off, I would suggest acrylic paints.  They have the least "smell". 

You have the option to brush paint, but that takes a while and it is hard to make look good.  

I would suggest, and this is what I have done:  go to amazon and type in spray booth.

A foldable air brush spray booth should be the first thing that comes up.  There are a myriad of brands but they are all the same.  The prices vary.  Look hard.

I was able to get one for 69$ SHIPPED.  It was also the model that has the evacuation hoses that allow you to dump the fumes outside via the window sill.

This thing works like a champ, and when you are done, you fold it up and no one has any idea it is a spraybooth.  It looks like a little suitcase.

Good luck.


Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 2:14 AM

Thanks for the reply. Doesn't a spray booth have to be vented to the outside? When it comes to acrylics, I assume you would prefer spray over brush however I'm looking to applying a metallic finish. Can this be done with acrylics?

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:00 AM

The DecoArt brand of acrylics has some different metallic paints.  They are the cheaper bottles of acrylics found in the craft painting section.  Quite often they are on sale for less than $1 a bottle.  I have not used the metallics yet, but I have used this brand in other colors.  They can be thinned with isopropyl alcohol or Windex.  It will require a few more coats of paint to get  the best color, but they are thin coats.  A final coat of your favorite clear and it will look fine.  BTW, from what I can tell the metallic is fairly close to scale.

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

  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Saturday, January 12, 2019 4:55 PM

Thanks-good info. If the paint is to be thinned,how thin would be good? What about using a primer? You mention a final coat of clear. As I plan on decaling the car I guess I could use a brush on gloss coat, followed by decals then either leave it glossy oy applt a coat of matte finish. BTW,do the brush on gloss and matte finishes require thinning?



  • Member since
    May, 2019
Posted by plydude55 on Saturday, October 05, 2019 1:26 PM

I have become very fond of the craft acrylics, Hobby Lobby and Michaels have large selection of colors, includeing metallics and pearls.

  • Member since
    May, 2019
Posted by plydude55 on Saturday, October 05, 2019 1:32 PM

Oh yeah, as to thinning, about 50/50 paint to thinner. Iuse windshield washer fluid, as recommended by Chris Chapman, it works great! You can check Chris out on youtube.


  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, October 06, 2019 10:58 PM
I went and bought a good dual filter mask that i wear while spraying. even though i'm using a booth, the paint smell still wafts around the room, and i don't want to breath that in.

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