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Has Testors gloss enamel drying time improved over the years?

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    February, 2018
Has Testors gloss enamel drying time improved over the years?
Posted by lacquer-lover on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:09 PM

As I am new to this whole model car painting thing, I am exploring my options as far as color coats goes, so I picked up a few testors square bottle enamels today (saphire blue and a couple of different red metallics). I dunked a white plastic spoon handle in one of the reds about 6 hours ago and it does not even feel tacky at the time of this posting--oh I know it's not dry, but to not even feel tacky after just 6 hours... That seems unheard of from what I remember of 20 or so years ago.  

P.S., The saphire blue looks like it will be a winner over a black base!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:38 AM

There may have been some improvement over time, but Testors is still a slow dryer, as are most hobby enamels. Not tacky after 6 hours does sound pretty good, but as you stated, it's not cured yet.

If drying time is a concern, I highly recommend getting a cheap food dehydrator. Cut the tray bottoms out of all trays except for the bottom one, and set your painted parts in there, regardless of type of paint. It cuts curing time dramatically.

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