Are Tamiya spray paints acrylic?

Tamiya spray paints are split into three main categories all with the modeller in mind.

Are Tamiya Spray Paints Acrylic?

TS Paints

These cans of spray paint are extremely useful for painting large surfaces. The paint is a synthetic lacquer that cures in a short period of time. Each contains 100ml of paint, which is enough to fully cover 2 or 3, 1/24 scale sized car bodies. Tamiya spray paints are not affected by acrylic or enamel paints. Therefore, following an overall base coat, details can be added or picked out using enamel and/or acrylic paints. By combining the use of these three types of paints, the finishing of plastic models becomes simpler and more effective.

AS Paints

These spray paints are specifically developed for finishing aircraft models. Each colour is formulated to provide the authentic tone to model aircraft. The subtle shades can be easily obtained on your models by simply spraying. Each can contains 100ml of synthetic lacquer paint.

PS Paints

These spray paints were developed especially for decorating transparent polycarbonate bodies used in R/C car modelling. Each contain 100ml of paint, which is the appropriate amount for finishing a model. Paint the body from the inside, keeping the can about 30cm from the surface. After curing, apply another coat. Small details should be brush painted beforehand using Tamiya bottle paints for polycarbonate. These paints are impervious to oil and fuels, so they can be safely used on gas-powered R/C bodies. Never use these paints on plastic models.

The paints do however have a strong odour and are best used outside to prevent over-spray and to allow the vapours to disperse. If you are using these paints inside it is strongly

For a more controllable application the paint can be decanted into an old jam jar or similar and then used through an airbrush. This is done by taping a plastic drinking straw over the nozzle of the can and spraying the contents into the jar. The paint should then be left for 30 mins to allow all the propellant gas to evaporate.


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