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Touching up Tamiya TS paint.

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  • Member since
    July 2017
  • From: Boston
Touching up Tamiya TS paint.
Posted by George123 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:17 PM

Hi Guys,

I have started to use the Tamiya TS spray cans on my 1/24th Ferrari builds.


In the past I used model master enamels airbrushed on.  If there was ever a screw up I always had a bottle so I could brush paint up a small spot if needed.

My current build is a Tamiya Ferrari Enzo in yellow.  Sprayed the TS-16 yellow on (3- coats) after white primer.   It took 3 coats because the TS paint is almost translucent, unlike enamel.  I also found out you have to put an equal amount of coats on each piece or the color will be different.

The yellow came out great, then I had to mask and brush paint (with MM enamel) the window trim black over the yellow.  I had a little leak through in a couple of small spots because I used the Tamiya  white rubber tape for curves. 

The translucent-like thin TS paint really can't be brushed on and it is also way too thin to cover the black leak  throughs.

What would you advise here?  If this was model master enamel I would just mask the small area of  paint leak and cover it with one brush coat of yellow.  That is not happening with the Tamiya TS.


Also Tamiya says you can do 3,  1/24th models with one can of TS paint.  That is really bull.  This one model is going to end up taking near 2 cans. 


Thanks for any advise




  • Member since
    May 2005
  • From: Central U.K.
Posted by hayes on Friday, December 14, 2018 8:31 AM

In my experience you couldn't have chosen a more dificult color than yellow, I have never had much luck with yellow until recently. I find that all pigments seem to have different covering qualities, blues, for example, I find do not cover over sharp edges very well. Reds, blacks & whites I have no trouble with. The success with some colors is also dependent upon the color of the primer.

Recently, while mooching among the paint spray cans in an auto acessories store (Halfords for UK readers) I discovered a can of yellow primer/filler paint. I much prefer using auto primers, so with a deft touch (remember, the spray was sized for 1:1 cars) a nice thin primer coat was applied & then a couple of top coats of yellow gloss. I was very happy as I had never achieved a yellow paint scheme as good as that before. Perhaps you could try your local auto accessories shop.

As for leaks under masking tape, I always brush a thin coat of Pledge/Klear along the taped edge line, especially around difficult contours or sharp ridges, to fill any gaps.

Hope this helps.

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, December 14, 2018 8:52 AM

Without seeing the blemish it's hard to recommend a course of action, but in cases like this, instead of covering up the errant black spot I would try to carefully remove the black from the yellow.

There are a number of ways of going about this. Sometimes, if the yellow was well cured before the black was applied, you can scrape the black spot away using a toothpick and some magnification.

If that doesn't work you can try dampening the the toothpick with some enamel thinner, but go carefully to avoid damaging the yellow. It would be best to experiment in an inconspicuous area, or perhaps the overspray on your paint stand, to test the tolerance of the yellow to this treatment.

If that isn't going to fly, try a little polishing compound on the toothpick or firm cotton swap or some other gentle applicator, and try to rub the black spot away. If that is not agressive enough, cut a tiny piece of fine Micromesh polishing pad (perhaps 6000 or 8000 grit), just the abrasive layer glued to the toothpick without the foam core of the pad, and carefully rub it away. It might be helpful to wet the abrasive pad.

Worst case scenario, the black will be removed but with a blemish in the yellow paint. In this case, touching up the area with yellow paint will be easier with the black removed.

This is how I attack a similar problem. Trying to cover the leak spot with paint, especially yellow over black, will likely end in frustration. Removing the black spot is usually the best bet. Patience, magnification, and a cautious approach are the key. Good luck, and let us know how it works out.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    July 2017
  • From: Boston
Posted by George123 on Friday, December 14, 2018 10:41 PM

Thanks Guys,

I have indeed very carefully "Chipped" away the black leakage.  The yellow paint had long cured and the black I used was model master flat black.  It looks ok. Not bad but not perfect.  Once I do a run out of the Tamiya polish it should get better.

The model is the "Modena" version which is molded in yellow.  Very fine Tamiya molding.

I did prime with Tamiya white surface primer.  I wasn't sure about Tamiya TS paint on bare styrene. The white primer also makes the yellow much brighter.

I will also consider using a thin coat of Future/Pledge along the tape line next time I mask.

I'll get photos posted as the build goes along.

Thanks again.

  • Member since
    August 2016
Posted by mini man on Saturday, December 15, 2018 4:32 PM

FYI George you can use  Tamiya paint on bare styrene = try it on some sprue!





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