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I've posted odd questions before, so I feel comfortable posting another one.

 

Hardware stores can replicate nearly any color paint and sell small sample containers.  So why not use latex paint?  

 

Maybe everyone is and I am the last to figure it out.

 

 

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Household latex paint is very thick as a result of the heavy pigment and will bury any detail. On the other hand if your woodwork is rough....... Hmm. If you were to model a water feature it might work pretty good over carved foam and then about 8 coats of Modge Podge over that. Might make passable water.

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The acrylic model paints usually have a pigment size of one micron vs the latex house paint having an average pigment size of 37 microns.  No way do you get a scale appearing coat of paint from latex house paint.  The same goes for the pigments in hardware store paints - much bigger than model paints.  Note that all the house paints tend to advertise "one coat coverage even over...."

Only a model paint with finely ground pigments can give you a scale thickness of paint on the model (or at least a lot closer to scale than with house paint).

Kurt

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I'm looking for a little guidance here, I know this site is for highly detailed static models...   I am hoping for suggestions as to which type of paint for my RC boat's hull. It has been sealed with 3/4 oz fiberglass and 2 part epoxy.

 

Any info would be greatly appreciated,. Thank you 

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4 hours ago, cdnfurball said:

I'm looking for a little guidance here, I know this site is for highly detailed static models...   I am hoping for suggestions as to which type of paint for my RC boat's hull. It has been sealed with 3/4 oz fiberglass and 2 part epoxy.

 

Any info would be greatly appreciated,. Thank you 

I would suggest a paint shop selling paint for cars. You will get amazing result with that type of paint.

You will also lay down couple of layers of putty (preferably auto putty (sanding in-between)) and primer as well, that if you want a great finish.

Look at my T37, which is pro-painted (not by me of course). My yacht has 12 layers of blue coating and two layers of clear coat on top of primer.

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