Embrace the rattle canSo all my painting has to be done by brush
Do you mean "Embrace the SPRAY CAN"? I don't understand WHY this seems to be an acceptable saying since it's so ignorant! The can doesn't rattle - the ball inside it rattles against the cans' insides to mix the paint more evenly that just simply shaking it. I don't know who started saying this first, but whoever it was needs their tongue nailed to their forehead!! The can doesn't rattle paint onto the surface - it SPRAYS it on! I know that some people don't know the correct term for this, but it should be obvious. I know that this sounds like I'm attacking you, but I'm not, K. I just wish this saying along with a few others would just GO AWAY!Sheesh, I think I've used them all. Acrylics in a can & airbrush, Good old enamels, even lacquers. The lacquer cans stink to high heaven, and prompted me to use a respirator from Home Depot. About $25.
I've had good results from all, and some disasters.
Embrace the rattle can
This is why I SPRAY outside - NOT rattle, even though I have a respirator. It's a hassle to get it out every time I only want to spray a little paint into an old soup can to mix, or paint a tiny part.If your going to go with a rattle can, I think it's best to use Testor & Tamiya Lacquer paints as others have suggested. They go on much better then enamels, IMO. But, as mentioned, a respirator is a MUST. And spray outdoors if you don't have a spray booth. A plastic model is not worth ruining you health over!
As for brush painting, Tamiya stinks, Testors acrylic isn't much better. For acrylic, I've read that Vallejo is the best for brush painting, but I've never used the brand myself.
Quite true! This happens as a result of paint incompatibility. Lacquer has a much hotter formulation, and can damage any type of other paint surface, even so-called "acrylic lacquer" which isn't really lacquer! Lacquer is made from nitrocellulose fiber, or tree gum spirits. It requires a much higher binder solvent base than acrylic can stand without being completely liquid because of the acidity of the solvents required to keep the cellulose fiber soft, and pliable.If you should decide to use lacquer do not, I repeat DO NOT use lacqure over any type of paint or you are in for a world of MESS UP!!!!!!
Primer won't hurt styrene. I've used a lot of primers, including lacquer based, and acrylic based primers with success. The only time you have to worry about this is when you make a mistake such as spray too much on your model and get runs then attempt to clean it off with lacquer thinner, and have it mar the surface!Just make absolutely sure no skin oils or anything else is on the surface of the plastic. I never prime styrene. Unless it's softer styrene from strips.
Although I probably won't go away, If your "spray can", that has a small ball-like device for mixing the paint, does not rattle when shaken-then throw it out and get one which does.I know that this sounds like I'm attacking you, but I'm not, K. I just wish this saying along with a few others would just GO AWAY!
paraphrased quote from Randy Neubert, a master professional modeler.Nothing worse than hitting cold morning styrene with a cold can of paint.
Doesn't matter how the sound is made, surely a "rattle" is the sum of its parts which makes the rattling noise.Still not a "rattle can"! Only the mixing ball inside rattles against the inner wall of the can. The can still doesn't rattle! This doesn't justify a misnomer, or uephamism for it.