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 Post subject: Plasti-kote paints.
PostPosted: Fri 16 Feb 2007 21:35 pm 
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I was inBnQ today and saw the plasti-kote range of enamels,i picked up the silver ( always useful ) At £2.67 for a 59ml jar seems ok,
what is their gloss range like quality wise? are they any good?


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I have not tried their paint range, but I can tell you that their primer is pretty poor.


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I bought a can of Enamel Spray paint once. That was a waste of money! I intended to use it on a railway wagon it as the main body colour. It dissolved the plastic and the paint blistered all over the surface. It also seemed to come off onto my hands in a fine powder when I handled it. The can also comes with an environmental warning so I haven't bought any since.

I've never bought any of the Enamels before, but I did see some in Homebase when I went there yesterday. Generous pot sizes, but I wouldn't trust putting it on a model.

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Perhaps it ought to be tested on some scrap plastic before applying it to the precious mouldings :roll:

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Thanks for the info gents,rgr testing on scrap first,was working on my 1:35 SAS jeep today but i wasnt tempted to use it..


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I have just tested this on an old drop tank and for the first time i have found a metallic paint that does exactly what is has on the cap.I was looking for a paint that would replicate chromed gold for some motorcycle emblems that needed refurbishment and this worked a charm ,at £6.49 a 400ml can its not cheap but it works .The paint as far as i can tell is only available in gold or chrome silver ,as soon as is possible I will try out the chrome silver and let you know :D

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Ooo...er...

I'd tread carefully. I've used Plasticote paints before. I used some matt black before and it melted the plastic to a nice bubbly toxic paste :D , then powedered off onto my hands :shock:

Good Luck! :P

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Hi Owen ,I sprayed directly onto bare untreated polystyrene of the Hasegawa type ,it did not attack the plastic in any shape or form the colour is nice and even and a really chrome shiney gold . The secret is to dust on a couple of light coats first and allow to dry ,so that the paint solvents dont get a chance to attack the plastic. :)

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True. I used it a couple of years ago on an Airfix 1/48 Apache. Made it go very lumpy, but I did spray a bit too much on 'just to be on the safe side'!

Do they still have the environmental warning on the can BTW?

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yeah and just about every other warning you can think of,with the exception of " this product contains nuts" :lol: wife says its the nuts that use the products

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 Post subject: Chrome silver rattle can
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Hi ...
I'm about to build the Airfix Jaguar car kit.  It doesn't have any chrome sprues so I was thinking how to best represent bumpers etc.

I've come across some rattle cans in the local DIY store.  They are by 'Plasti-kote', in the Odds 'n' Ends range.  It's a fast dry spray enamel, or so it says on the tin!

Has anyone tried this range?  I was also thinking of using it on 1/48 scale RAF pre-war fighters - the Fury for one -  which had polished natural metal cowlings


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I tried the metallic silver one, and no matter what i tried, it sprayed on ultra thick, and otherwise ruined the model. It may just be my one can, though, so spray it on a bit of sprue or something first, and see how that goes...

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If you've got an airbrush get some Alclad Chrome. Over a gloss black undercoat it really does look like chrome plating:

http://www.alclad2.com/

The other option is to use foil instead of paint:

http://www.bare-metal.com/

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I have a can of this and used it. It's ok if you want a chrome 'look'. But to me it's just a fairly shiny silver. I haven't used Alclad, but just by looking at the results you get with it I would say it's far superior.

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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jun 2011 20:40 pm 
Ayup Jonny...

Plasticote does tend to 'Thicken' and 'run' everywhere on more than one pass at a time with the can. So, I found I had to:

A: Do one spray 'Pass' of the whole part and LEAVE to dry at least 95 % 'dry' looking before re- applying the next layer of paint. ONLY Then, rinse and repeat.

B: This is Really Important, spray at LEAST fifteen Centimetres away from the part and be Quick covering the whole of it with paint. !

C: Good Luck !

The Chrome does look the Mutts Nutts when totally hardened off and Buffed.


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Thanks for the helpful replies.  I've just acquired an airbrush and compressor so might try Alclad on the Fury (its the Airfix kit I found 2nd hand at the Duxford spring show) and try the rattlecan on the E type bumpers etc.

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Hello all,
Whilst looking for something in my garage I stumbled across a brand new rattle can of Pkastikote silver. My first thought was "This could be good for painting my Mustang". But I was wondering if anyone else has used it for modelling? If so is it safe for use on the poly of airfix kits? Can it be sealed with Klear or similar?
Thanks in advance,
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Try it on a bit of sprue from the kit.
Thats the only accurate way as kit manufacturers plastics vary quite a lot.

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I'll try that :) , but experience is always useful :D


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But experience can always catch you out - recently wiped a kit part with White Spirit - something I have done many times before without any problems - this time it took the surface off  :(

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