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Testors Metallic Silver

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Testors Metallic Silver
Posted by chevytruckpuller1987 on Saturday, January 10, 2009 8:33 PM

When i spray testors metallic silver on a body, the color is kinda splotchy. Some areas are light and some areas are dark. Is there a certain way to spray this color that would make it even? Or maybe a certain technique to treat it, buffing perhaps? Or is there a better silver that i could purchase?

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  • From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted by loudcherokee1 on Sunday, January 11, 2009 12:26 AM

 Make sure you are evenly sweeping the model with the can. With silver, or any metallic, if you stay in one spot too long, it will build up quick, and dry darker than the surrounding area.

 Also, try backing off a little bit from the model. Silver covers very well, and lays smooth if done right. If you're too close, there's a bigger margin for error with building up the paint too thick in one spot.

 Buffing or sanding may end up affecting the metallic properties of the paint.




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Posted by firebird GTA on Friday, February 20, 2009 11:25 AM

ARE you using testors enamel ? Becuase i've had the same problem and purchased several cans before I said heck with it .I purchased model masters platinum silver metalic laquer . I was blown away  ! Sprayed it on a cool night with high humidity and still got a flawless finish ! Followed it up next morn with clear and ba da boom ! What a finish   My 2 cents

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Posted by Lonewolf15 on Friday, February 20, 2009 11:59 AM

Are you talking about the German Silver Metallic ? If so , you need to whisper coat it , staying back a little. Do not try to get a gloss shine from it , it is not going to happen ! Light coat it until you have a uniform depth of color . Let it flash out . Lightly wet sand it it starting with 4000 and make your way up to 12000 under a steady stream of cold water.Now , you are ready to put it into clear . Make sure you use Testors Aluminum Metallizer as a base coat. This will help you keep an overall color and avoid the blotches. The Metallizer drys in about 2 minutes after laying it down . For a darker silver , use the Steel Metallizer.

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:05 AM

Bringing this back from the dead, because I don't want to start a new thread....I just painted my Evo with the Testors German Silver last night. Not too bad, but I would like to get some confirmation on the 4000 on up polishing of the metallic silver paints. I am not concerned so much about the metallic flake, as it is too coarse for the scale of the model, but I will eventually clearcoat over the silver paint for the final coat (before I flat black the window trims, etc).

What good experience is on this forum with silver from Testors? I was gonna use the duplicolor last night, but the thing stopped spraying upon my test shot (seems to be common) so found a fresh can of the German Silver and went there. BTW, the German silver is a warm silver, the GM duplicolor that I wanted to paint is cooler. As the car will stand alone, I am fine with the warm silver color, but don't want to yellow it out any more... Thanks in advance guys, I will try to post some photos of the TME Evo after I host the pics to my google account...

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:54 AM

OK so it looks like photos are a go.  The paint laid on pretty thick, as noted in some silver paint forum chatter, but didn't expect this type of thickness as I was being careful to not go too crazy.  This is about 3-4 coats over gray primer.Evo Silver BodyOn this second photo, you can see a small run in the LR door.

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