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Tamiya Rattlecans

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Tamiya Rattlecans
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 11:52 AM
I was just wondering if the Tamiya Spraycan paint is acrylic or enamal. It says on the can you can use it with both types of paint, but doesnt actually say what it is!!! I use a light rubbing compund and mer to get any orange peel out, seems to work!!! Does anyone know of a tutorial anywhere for using the tamiya sprays? I always think my paint jobs could be a little bit better...................
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    May 2008
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 3:36 PM

Tamiya spray cans are actually a type of laquer, not enamel or acrylic.

Check the February 2002 issue of Scale Auto: There is a good tutorial on using Tamiya cans for painting a Ferrari, from primer to finishing.

I inquired about using them, I prefer to airbrush acrylics but I am building a Tamiya Subaru Impreza WRC and the universally recommended Mica Blue only comes in spray cans. Basically I was told, by an experienced rally modeler:
- Prime the body with Tamiya primer (Little to no sanding necessary) and let sit for an hour or so
- 3 mist coats about 10 minutes apart to give a good base
- 3 wet coats also 10 minutes apart
- If desired, clear either immediately after the last wet coat or about a month later (The different curing rates could crack the clear coat otherwise).
- You can decal after a 2 or 3 days, though longer is better. A coat of wax over the decals is usually all that's needed (Maybe just for a race car) or clear coat and then polish that (Can't really polish a metallic).

It sounds pretty simple, I just haven't done it yet because I think I'll need minimum of two cans to do the car (Everything from the body to the chassis to the roll cage is the same color blue), probably have three on hand JIC.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 3:56 PM
Yeah, I can vouche that it is definately NOT acrylics, this stuff is toxic! Last night I got a whiff of it when I took off my breather in the paint booth, I almost passed out!
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    November 2003
  • From: Calgary, AB
Posted by Canada Jeff on Thursday, February 5, 2004 10:43 AM
I tried one for the first time recently. The guy at the store told me it was enamel, but I dont' know if I trust that or not. It's NOT acrylic, that much is for sure.

One thing I noticed right away is that it seems to be a thinner mix than the testors cans. The paint lays down nicely and shows less orange peel than I usually get from Testors paints, but that also means building up light base coats is critical! If you go for a wet coat too soon, it may want to "wick" towards ridges or scripts and look more like a wash than a colour coat (meaning: crappy).

Also, it sure does stink. Maybe that's because of the higher solvent content (I assume). Go slow and modify your technique a little to work with the product, and I think you'll like it. So far, I'm impressed.

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  • From: Milwaukee
Posted by Mark Melchiori on Thursday, February 5, 2004 12:05 PM
The paint is actually a synthetic lacquer. I asked a Tamiya rep at the Chicago Hobby Show last year and that is what he told me. Building it up in LIGHT coats is a MUST! Just mist it on for the first 2 or 3 coats, then apply wetter coats. Take your time, be patient, and you will love this stuff.


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