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Tamiya Spray paints
Posted by gpal on Friday, December 27, 2019 10:56 AM

Hello, does anyone use Tamiya TS-13 Clear over Tamiya's spray can paint? If so how long should I wait before appling the TS-13 Clear? I read somewhere you should wait a month for the spray can paint to cure.

Thanks in advance, George

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, December 27, 2019 5:51 PM

Tamiya TS series spray paint is a mild lacquer. It cures pretty quick. Long cure times are generally associated with enamel paint.

I personally would wait two or three days, but a lot of builders (many of whom are more experienced with this paint than I) will apply clear the next day. If you are using a dehydrator to speed up curing time, you could probably apply clear in a few hours after painting.

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  • From: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Posted by VintageRPM on Saturday, December 28, 2019 8:57 AM

I've always waited 6-7 days, but shorter time may be fine. Lacquer shrinks as it cures. If the clear is put on too soon, it will crack as the color coat finishes curing and schrinking.

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    December 2004
  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:50 AM

I painted a Ferrari with TS-8 from the Tamiya rattle can.  This was the first time spraying Tamiya from a can.  I can vouch that it does indeed shrink after a week or so.  A few other things that I noticed is that is very thin, which is good and bad. Good as it allows sharp details to remain sharp, and bad as it requires more coats, soft bends is bodywork will perhaps show the primer as the paint won't always "stick" there.


The most frustrating thing is that it seems to be VERY fragile, and likes to chip and pull away from the primer.  I scotch brited the primer, so it should have bitten better, so I am comparing this fragility to Testors rattle can paints, which seem to stick better.  The Tamiya paint while being thin, is very easy to touch up these chips and around the edges with a brush, so that is positive.

On my build, however, I did not have to sand the paint after application, I just used Novus 3-2-1, and it turned out pretty shiny.  I will post the build of that car soon, as it is nearly complete....

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 3, 2020 6:50 AM

I have read of some people applying Tamiya TS-13 Clear in less than an hour, but I don't know of their long term results.  I usually wait a day and then apply the clear.  I like to give the paint a chance to dry and harden before adding any clear.

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