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PostPosted: Fri 28 Oct 2011 09:33 am 
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Recently after painting some parts with Tamiya Flat Aluminum and left to dry for at least 24hrs. I also had other parts finished in Humbrol 11 so I am not sure which paint is as at fault here. However, when handling the painted parts to assemble I became aware of my fingers starting to appear silver and this was intern rubbing off ont other parts finished in different colour.

So is this my fault for not letting the paint cure properly or is it just normal due to the moisture in my skin and need to handle these parts with more care. Or is it a faulty paint ?

It would be interesting to know if anyone else has experienced this, perhaps a coat of klear before construction would have helped prevent this.....ah well next time I will know.

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Unless over-coated with something like Klear there are very few silver/metallic paints that will withstand much handling without some of the pigment detaching itself onto your fingers. In the scenario you describe Hu 11 is the most likely culprit, it is notoriously fragile. Try to avoid handling silver/metallic painted surfaces unless they have some sort of top coat applied, if you do need to handle them it is best done whilst wearing cotton gloves.

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Which Hu: 11  :?:  Acrylic or enamel  :juggle:
Either way, I don't think they 'go with' Tamiya paints  :x

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enamel....and the different paints were used on different parts and not together or layered......

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Birderman:380396 wrote:
enamel...

:fear:  notoriously unstable  :x

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:fear:  notoriously unstable  :x


Seconded! Horrible stuff. If you're brushing you're probably better off with acrylic silvers. I've stocked up on the Games Workshop stuff, can't recommend it highly enough for either bristles or airbrush.

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Feb 2013 20:45 pm 
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Has anyone noticed that this paint has gone from being a shiny colour into a dull, almost matt-type finish.
Has Humbrol changed the manufacturing techniques, or something else?

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Enamel or acrylic (or both) :shrug:

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My enamel is still shiney, but I find the acrylic a bit duller, but not as dull as 56.


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I've had mixing & coverage issues with the acrylic, now I tend to use enamel for metallic & gloss colours.

Edit. The last time I used enamel for NMF, I wasn't happy, so I've just used a giftset Hu11 acrylic on a Revell Hawker Fury & it was fine. :shrug:


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My Hu 11 enamel is fine, gives a shiny finish but does take a bit longer than normal to dry. Hu56 enamel gives a duller finish I find.
I also notice the Hu11 acrylic in the small gift set pots can give different results.

You did give the paint a good shake and stir, it does make all the difference to take 30 seconds to stir the paint thoroughly.
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You did give the paint a good shake and stir, it does make all the difference to take 30 seconds to stir the paint thoroughly.
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I'd say it takes longer. And stir it during use.


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I've always thought that HU11 enamel was not shiny enough.


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013 19:36 pm 
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Ah! I forgot to mention, its the enamel paint.
I give a very good stir every time i use it.
For some bizarre reason it is still dull.

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In answer to the original question--I believe that part of the problem is the Tamiya Flat Aluminum. I'm currently buiding an Airfix Mustang using this paint, and I handled the model before the paint was fully cured (I don't know how long that takes but it might be described as "days and days") and there was some metallic bits got on my blue bits. :shock: Handle any "metallic" paint carefully!

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Revell Aqua 90's a very nice shiny bright silver. Haven't seen how it goes under Klear yet.

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I had this problem with a Hu11 enamel too. Check out my Pucara. I finished it like that because it was supposed to be Hu56 anyway. I bought another tin the other day and it's shiny like I always remember it (see my Sabre or Lightning). I've "relabelled" the dull one "56".

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Humbrol 11 Silver used to be bright silver.
When you opened the tin it looked bright silver even before stirring. And when sprayed was
literally bright silver.
I have two tins of brand new 11 and it looks grey. It also sprays dull like weathered aluminium.
So has Humbrol 11 changed colour and what is the best replacement for Silver?

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Chrome silver 191 or Polished Aluminium 27002.


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After reading through this post am I correct in thinking there was a bad batch of Hu11?
Most people seem to agree it should be bright silver.

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