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After an almost 30 yr hiatus from building military models, I've got back into the swing of things. Some even try mixing both the acrylic and enamel. I agree, it's still a valid discussion, regardless of the age of the post. However, it has its advantages and disadvantages. Stay with acrylic enamel and the additive (along with reducer). Note: Though many acrylic paints can be cleaned up with water, the term Acrylic refers to the chemical composition of the base. Only lacquers I remember from back then were in model railroad department. That sucker shines and I haven't polished it. But recently I did up a car with stynylrez primer ( acrylic poly), rose gold craft paint ( acrylic) and top coated with 3 full wet coats of Tamiya clear red and blue mixed to a kind of burgundy red. hobby boss 1/48 F-105G. Acrylic really just indicates one of the four main components of paint, that being the Binder (Pigment, Additive and Solvent being the other three). When it comes to acrylic lacquer paints, they are fast drying formulas that provide a glossy finish. I spray lacquer clear coats over acrylics carefully (at a distance) on initial passes because it can lift the acrylic and blow it over other colors. Adding a clear protective coat won't help in the matter - if that first layer isn't anchored down into the plastic, chances are, it will lift. Take this rule with a grain of NaCl as all untried paints (and combinations) are suspect. It can either be for arts, crafts, home repainting or even car painting; both have their strengths and weaknesses. Acrylic enamel with no hardener never does fully cure to where you can safely spray more acrylic enamel on top of it. Acrylic paint dries faster than enamel. However, do not be afraid to experiment with both types of paint. The L E A (Lacquer Enamel Acrylic) Rule: Lacquers, enamels & acrylics can safety cover base lacquers. Instead, the lacquer remains on the paint as a surface coating. The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. Sometimes it can even take up to 24 hours. By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. I put multi layers of acrylic down all the time. Will acrylic enamel paint dry without hardener? Acrylic paint also wears much faster than enamel paint. The main difference between enamel and acrylic paint comes from the fact that enamel paint is mainly oil-based and acrylic paint is water-based. In their wisdom, the marketing people decided that they needed to label the traditional paints "enamels" to differentiate them from the acrylics. If I need to touch-up some of the acrylic, it goes on fine over the lacquer. In reality, i've never had success using water as a thinning agent and always use acrylic thinner for airbrushing. The type of paint (or primer) you choose to first hit the plastic is important. Also, the oil tends to separate from the paint when stored for too long. Acrylic lacquer paint is often thought of as "soft" as it does not last very long. To clean up, you need to use enamel thinner or mineral turpentine. It would be like trying to peel a piece of tape off of another, both will come off. It was a black flat acrylic paint with no clear coat. "Enamels" are still the  traditional paints we grew up with. Then, around 1980 or some manufacturers started introducing "acrylic" model paints. Enamel paint tends to turn yellow over time in indoor areas where there is not enough sunlight. Sadly when I sent all my stuff to Oz, I wasn't allowed to ship all my acrylic sprays (fire risk etc), and as humbrol sprays are about as common as unicorn droppings here, I'm not sure what I can use. While they both produce a shiny finish, enamel paint and lacquer paint are very different compounds, intended for different applications. There are no rules against it,sometimes it can be ridiculous trying to answer the OP's 7 year old question as if he is still looking for the info.In this case CMMX offered some good info,so whats the harm,do we really need more rules ?Just chill and deal with it. I use acrylics for pretty much all my major painting and exclusive airbrush acrylics. When I was really into it 30 yrs ago, I went to the "dime" store & bought a tank or airplane and four or five bottles of the Testors paints that I planned on using. It can help you determine which one you should get, depending on the nature of your project or your purpose. Enamel paints also often recommended for panel washes. It bonds well and although lacquer isn't as flexible as acrylic-fortified latex, it doesn't crack except under extreme fluctuations in temperature or humidity. No. Just as mentioned earlier, there are plenty more other uses for Enamel and Acrylic paint than just art on canvas or paper. These paints are also resistant to chipping and fading. Enamels & acrylics can cover enamels (but not lacquers!). But they're also pretty delicate, may not tend to stick as well, and may have more issues airbrushing them. There are probably exceptions that I'm not aware of or have forgotten. Some of the worst compatibility problems I've encountered have been enamel over enamel. You can still buy acrylic Lacquer. Now, this might sound like a nicer offer to you, but it is also important that you take note of its disadvantages. Acrylic enamels do not use isocyanates. Oh, and I nearly forgot… WELCOME and post pictures. The film thickness of an acrylic enamel paint is much thicker than the paint film thickness of enamel, or lacquer-based coatings. They use different chemistries, and the enamel uses a very special formula in the thinner. How Can A Pond Foundation Keep Your Pond Healthy? Take this rule with a grain of NaCl as all untried paints (and combinations) are suspect. Enamel's slower drying process is the direct result of its oil base. Water-based enamel, on the other hand, starts drying from the outside. Unlike enamel that dries off to a glossy finish, acrylic dries off with a matte finish. Your lungs will thank you. “Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”. Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) Author Posts July 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm #23279 Thomas […] These paints were less toxic than the oil-based paints and (arguably) easier to clean up because many can be washed up with water (before the paint dries). Acrylic: is generally "water based", and, theoretically, can be airbrushed and cleaned up with water. You don't want to put something hot over something not as hot, as it might eat through it and ruin the underlying paint job. Or, you can paint with acrylic lacquer. The hard coating makes enamel an ideal choice for walls that collect a lot of moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens. How will these strengths and weaknesses affect the outcome of your project? The main difference between acrylic and enamel paints then, comes down to the solvent used – acrylic using water, enamel using oil. I did the engine with craft paint, then a light oil wash just added some depth, not so much for dirt. now I need to get testing. So before you pass down any judgment, be sure to carefully weigh the strengths and weaknesses first of each type of paint. Its been a LONG time since I last built and painted anything, so be gentle!Not having any "artistic" background, my question is this... What are the differences and when should one type be used/not used, rather than the other?!?! Though ostensiblly water/alcohol based, they can be thinned with some types of lacquer thinners. "Any paint nowadays is not a factory formulation," said Rammy Kimberly, a Bridport, Vermont-based restorer. Do take note though that enamel takes pretty long to dry up. Growing up in San Francisco in the 60's, all I remember having was Testors and Patra. PPS: Tamiya's acrylics are a peculiar animal. But more expensive. Enamel is an oil based paint which dries off to a hard glossy finish. I presume they can be used for other purposes, but i'm a bit unsure. HUGE 'IMHO' here, of course. They consult the weather, the almanac, the hydrometer, and Nostradamus to determine the best time to airbrush. But most importantly, it can be pretty toxic compared to acrylic. Nope. Therefore, it might need a little bit more coating to achieve an individual depth of color (especially if you prefer a darker, more solid shade). You may find some more "light reading" on this subject here: /forums/p/125865/1265976.aspx#1265976, PS: Remember that not all acrylics are created equally and in many cases, are not cross-brand compatible. I hate airbrushing enamels as they're a bit of a pain to clean up and require slightly more toxic substances to do so, rather than acrylic. (I'm sure to have a boatload of other questions coming up soon, so bear with me!). Acrylic polymers polymerize, or cure. It's been a year since I painted it and my lazy ass never buffed it... so my plan was to wet sand it reclear coat it, and since acrylic Lacquer is a much better paint I would like to use it to get a better shine then the acrylic Enamel.. Last update on 2020-12-31 at 18:16 PST - Details, Last update on 2020-12-31 at 15:46 PST - Details, Last update on 2020-12-31 at 19:47 PST - Details, Repairdaily is an Equal Opportunity Employer. What is a good process of paint type layer order that you normaly use?Do you start with a Base of Enamel, then put Enamel/Acrylic over that? wings and fuselage cut from sprue. Acrylic resin is colourless, transparent thermoplastic, obtained by the polymerization of derivatives of acrylic acid. Easy to use and very forgiving. I thought that was not allowed. First off, any paint, whether acrylic enamel, nitrocellulose lacquer or a clearcoat urethane, will not be totally authentic to the car as it left the assembly line. Also, keep in mind that you might need a primer or gloss for before and after painting. (So says a victim…). And so to answer that question, here are some key differences between enamel and acrylic paint. Enamels: i think these are classed as oil based. (So says a victim…) Oh, and I nearly forgot… Which by the way are the silk DRAW decals. It gives off fumes which are why it is advisable to work in a well-ventilated area when using enamel. Acrylic enamel finishes are always used in current automobile paint jobs, although some people use lacquer for classic car paint jobs. I've been using lacquer over acrylic and acrylic over lacquer without difficulties, except -. Enamels & acrylics can cover enamels (but not lacquers!). That makes it ideal for use in kitchens or bathrooms. Whether it was made by Testors, Humbrol or Pactra (or any number of companies). The best flat in fact is Acrylic, the best metallic is Lacquer. To participate you must either login or register for an account. Enamels, however, are slow drying. It’s recommended for hand painting (slower drying allows for additional time for the paint to self level and hide brush strokes). It is up to you whether or not you will use enamel or acrylic. You can see below the X20-A thinned acrylic paint on the left, and the lacquer thinned acrylic paint on the right just after mixing each one. If you have questions, this is the place to ask. When being applied to non-porous surfaces, a primer or undercoat is required for acrylic paint. Base coat acrylics can only be covered by more acrylics. Tamiya sprays (laquer) are very popular here as well as testors enamal sprays. Others just throw some Vallejo into the paint cup and get perfect results without even trying. Generally, if you airbrush, you can use one over the other. So now we had our "traditional" oil-based paints and the newfangled acrylics. Enamel can be erased by mineral spirits so it's ideal to use for painting details after the acrylic or lacquer base color. Moreover, the type of brush you will be using for the project is also critical. Growing up in San Francisco in the 60's, all I remember having was Testors and Patra. I will keep attempting to search the forums here for more info, but I think you three have shed a huge light on it for me!! If it is exposed to chemicals or UV then it wears very easily. hard to find in the local shops here in the us. I generally use these for detail painting only, as they tend not to dry as fast as acrylics. Any thoughts or any experience with these kinds of paints together? Enamel vs. Acrylic: Enamel and acrylic paint both have lots of uses. An acrylic lacquer base coat has a high HMIS flammability rating of 3 (source). Any auto supply shop w/paint can m ix and put in to spray bombs and then lay some clear over the base coat. As others have noted, you have to look at the relative 'heat' (solvent power) of the paints to determine what can go over what. So many options now ... - thanks! Next will be a quick shot of Model Master metalizer sealer ( lacquer) over the wash parts and I think the paint is done except maybe a little buffing on the body and wheel detail. I finish with a coat of matte (e.g., military) or gloss (e.g., race car) to seal-in the detailing. (no disrepect intended). Aside from knowing which type of paint to use, it is also important that you know how much amount of color you will be needing. I'm afraid I cannot speak for enamels as I use them so infrequently, but I routinely put laquers over acrylics. That doesn't mean choices didn't exist, I just don't remember hearing the terms "enamel", "acrylic"  & "Lacquer" when it came to model paint. Those two elements can make them a trick to airbrush, as they tend to dry on the tip and clog things up, go on pebbly due to drying 'mid air' before landing on the model, etc. If you are painting a pretty large surface, then be prepared to spend a little bit more. Enamel paints are much more difficult to apply and should not be the first choice for those painting their own car. This means that the thinner for brand "A" may not work with brand "B" (but may work with brand "C"). Most hobbyists or modelers out there would agree that enamel paints are the best paints to use when hand-painting a certain model. The downside about lacquer is it always slightly darkens the acrylic colors. Enamel is an oil based paint which dries off to a hard glossy finish. No acrylic paints when I started, but both lacquers and enamels existed. Same here. Choose a primer made specifically for enamel or for lacquer. Acrylic latex paint is an acrylic finish, but it won't soften when you spray lacquer on it. Water based acryls have a pigment suspended in water, whereas solvent based paints are more like a solution (AFAIK). On a couple of occasions i have primed, painted and then had to re-prime an area and where the primer has gone onto the paint it has bubbeled. Occasional factual, grammatical, or spelling variations are inherent to this thesis and should not be considered as defects, as they enhance the individuality and character of this document. I'm not familiar with enamels, but lacquers will etch themselves into the plastic, making them quite resilient to lifting. $40+ shipping. japanese company like tamiya. Acrylic is least durable. they are mr.hobby products. Many DIY touch up paints are made from Acrylic Lacquer. So many options now ... - thanks! Acrylic, or acrylic enamel paints are heavy bodied, high solid content paints. When plastic models came along, the popular paints for plastic models were enamels. Base coat acrylics can only be covered by more acrylics. everything I wanted to be painted enamel maybe should of been acrylic. You can put lacquer thinner in enamel, but you can’t use enamel thinner (reducer) in Lacquer. Then waterbased paints came along (enamels and real lacquers are solvent based). Normally when acrylics is mentioned, we tend to think it's water based - but no, you can have Lacquer acrylic, Enamel acrylic, etc. Welcome back to the hobby and to the forum! Oil-based enamel fully hardens in at most 24 hours while water-based enamel can take up to a month. I don't recall having a choice, as a kid, when it came to model paints like we do now. Now, you may know what both paints are for, but that doesn’t help find out the difference between the two. Edit: just happened to think, I've put clear lacquer over acrylic many times with no issue and various types of lacquer. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. I'm new to modeling as well. I painted my truck allmost 1 year ago and I used acrylic Enamel paint and clear coat.... well the paint is perfect nice and shinny but I have some minor orange peel and dust in the clear coat... my question is since it's been 1yr since i painted it could I wet sand it and re-clear coat it with Acrylic Lacquer to get a better shine Therefore you also know what the needs are. And an alternative is having multiple threads about the same question or topic, which makes it harder to keep track of things, I think. But, some modelers I knew did use auto lacquers for their model cars (many still do). Why is this zombie post ressurected? I've been modeling for sixty years. I have a few other questions regarding "pigments" & weathering techniques coming shortly. Which category should it fall? (Though I've had instances where I've aggresively applied lacquer (or enamel) over acrylic with no ill side effects.) The advantage of acrylic lacquer is its exceptionally fast drying time. It more depends what you're doing with it, like weathering over acrylic I use oil wash or stains. Sometimes these are described as not being "true" acrylics, but using that criteria as a determinant is not correct. im a acrylic lover. I only use them for clear and gloss overcoats. Once a light coat has settled and dried, subsequent coats can go on normally. So, according to this chart, I should mostly never base coat with an Acrylic since you should't put anything but Acrylic over it? This is … This means you have four choices: petroleum-based acrylic clear enamel, water-based acrylic clear enamel, petroleum-based lacquer and water-based lacquer. Water-based acrylics are also called "aqueous acrylics." The fire wall too. View our, Tools, Techniques, and Reference Materials, From: People's Socialist Republik of Kalifornia. It can also be an indicator of affects on the plastic - ie, i've heard that some hardware store lacquers are considered "hot" and will melt styrene if used on them. The under pinnings is black stynylrez. Water based acylics are the worst, as they essentially just sit on top of the plastic. So before splurging on enamel or acrylic paint, identify first the nature of your project. For enamel, it is best suitable for surfaces that need some extra coating or hard finish, such as outdoor walls, wood, and others. As for lacquer...sorry, i'm not 100% sure on what the carrier base is. But i use lacquer clear coats with no issues. I have found issues spraying lacquers primers over enamel paints. if you see this on the label, it is ad-speak. • Lacquer paints soften over a period of time, whereas enamel paints remain hard for a long time. Due to this, it (polish lacquer) is also used to varnish wood and make it waterproof or rot-resistant. Our community is FREE to join. It is important to prime the surface with the right type of primer. Home › Forums › Main Forum › Paint and Refinish › Acrylic Enamel vs Acrylic Urethane This topic has 1 reply, 2 voices, and was last updated 10 years, 5 months ago by Ben Hart. Ok, I'm no expert on paint (but hopefully somebody who is will come along and elaborate further), but my understanding is the terms acrylic, enamel and lacquer refer to the carrier medium used within the paint and, consequently, affects how to clean up after use. Enamel paints are more toxic than acrylic paints, but aren’t as bad as lacquer paints. What particular kind of coating do you need? It's frustrating. If you have airbrush, Lacquer is the best choice. The most widely used acrylic lacquer is CAB-acrylic. Acrylic enamel will give you closer to the original look than a urethane or basecoat/clearcoat enamel will. For more please visit https://trashn2tees.com/. I don't want to risk damaging the acrylic base (which has had several fine coats of clear acrylic gloss sprayed over) or dissolve the decals. But the point being it's all acrylic over acrylic but different brands. Here's my prob....I've just moved to Oz from the UK. Enamel can be erased by your fingers due to natural oil in your skin. There are some acrylics which use a water/alcohol blend as a solvent (notably Tamiya, Gunze Aqueous and ModelMaster) and some which use a lacquer-thinner-like solvent (Gunze MrColor). Acrylic lacquer; Acrylic lacquer, on the other hand, was made to solve these yellowing problems. "acrylic lacquer": no such animal. Most importantly, do not forget to prepare the surface. I know this is an old post, but it has a lot of good information. That is where acrylic paint comes in. Using a lacquer gloss coat allows detail washes to flow easily and be wiped away. Humbrol and MM don't always seem to get along. I subscrbe to the theory that one can paint almost anything over almost anything so long as the latter is completely cured. My stock consist of Lacquer and Enamel, Lacquer for painting, Enamel for detailing and washing. acrylic wise i use model master,tamiya,and now trying gunze mr. color. it was an oil-based animal and we thinned it and washed out our paintbrushes with ordinary paint thinner (or something similar). The downside to lacquer paints is that they are highly flammable and toxic. In general is this true? I'm just getting back into model building after 40 years and found this thread very helpful. flat testors enamels in particular seem to wear off with frequent handling, mostly though the absorption of finger oils/sweat. Just some folks get exercised when it happens, is all. I'm getting there, gotta get some kind of magnesium paint on the wheel spokes and I can put it together ( 1949 Ford I'm sort of duplicating from a build I did nearly 60 years ago). Although today, some brands are now offering a special acrylic that also delivers an enamel finish. Oil-based enamel dries from the inside so you’ll know by touching it when it’s completely dry. Then if you used Acrylic and you want a Gloss Coat you should only put Clear Acrylic over that? These are significantly friendlier to the environment compared to your traditional enamel paint. If you hand brush, Acrylic is the way. I'm not sure which lacquers these are, so i just tend to only buy paints and their proprietary thinners from hobby stores assuming they are all ok for styrene. Further (relating to the "general" guide above), even when used with regular acrylic thinner, Tamiya's acrylics can be overpainted with "normal" enamels with no apparent ill effects. Enamel paints are durable and become hard, glossy, and opaque when dry. If you plan on using tape over paint, preparation is key. That is why it very important that you know the difference between enamel vs. acrylic. Once upon a time (let's say up to 1980 or so) all we had was "model paint". acrylic vs enamel very good information. The interior is craft paint over stynylrez. Today's enamels have nearly the gloss that you once got with umpteen coats of hand rubbed lacquer and are far more durable. In general is this true? Acrylic is also used in enamel paints, which have the advantage of not needing to be buffed to obtain a shine. Today, we will talk about the differences between the two and where they are suitable to use. It does not simply mean "water-based". Any info is greatly appreciated and THANKS in advance!! A bit safer than acrylic enamel. Then did the chrome strips and chrome around the windows with a Molotow pen which is some kind of alcohol paint (reluctantly thinking the alcohol might get to the Tamiya top coat), but it too went well. If you plan on airbrushing and can stand the smell (and the Earth screaming a little every time you clean the brush), enamels / lacquers have the best consistency and ease of use, especially in tricky work like faded mottling on German armor and planes. As far as durability is concerned, I feel that acrylics win. Acrylic paint doesn’t turn yellow over time. wish they would offer after all colors in their acrylic line. However, if you use a wash/pin wash, it's best to use a paint of one carriers which is different to that of the base coat. • Lacquer paints develop bubbles if not applied by professionals. Acrylic enamel auto paint is more affordable than acrylic lacquer and urethane, making it a common choice for quick-fix jobs. Likewise, if you will be painting hard to reach areas, you cannot just use big brushes or roller brushes. But on the other hand, acrylic paint or polyvinyl acetate (PVA) is usually used on outdoor signages, architectural or public murals and the like. That can, later on, become layered with gloss as a finishing coat. I recently started a new model, and when I pulled off some masking tape it pulled up some of the paint. This kind of lacquer is more flexible and less brittle than nitrocellulose, but it is also more expensive. For instance, if you’re painting a wall, then you might need more than just one can of paint for the whole project. Diapers Size 6, 108 Count - Pampers Cruisers... Filtrete Advanced Under Sink Quick Change Water... Brita UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser, Extra Large... Engdenton Faucet Water Filter Stainless-Steel... Woder WD-S-8K-DC Water Filtration System - WQA... Brita Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, W 1 Std, White. Preparing the surface for the type of paint you will be using will help the paint adhere easier and faster while lasting longer. never really had good results with enamels even though i have a load of model master ones. acrylics seem to be much more durable then most testors enamels that i have used. Acrylics tend to be the easiest to work with, as they don't stink the place up and are easy to clean. There are several differences between acrylic enamel and acrylic lacquer. Enamel paints take longer to dry because the dryers are alkyd oil based, rather than acrylic. Unlike other types of paint that still need a glossy finish as a final layer of coating, you do not have to do this anymore with the enamel. Now, things are complicated because there are also "acrylic enamels" and "acrylic lacquers". The preparations are as important as the painting process itself. Some colors are really expensive. Acrylic paint is a water-based paint, making it water and ultra-violet resistant. No rule against it. easy to find online. or maybe I should have used an Enamel?? … People use water, alcohol, flow-aid, retarder, and voodoo magic when mixing acrylics for airbrushing. For Advertisement, Jobs, Guest posts and any other thoughts, email us at [email protected], The Best Table Saw: Your Guide to the Most Affordable Equipment, Home Improvement Hacks: Simple Ways To Conserve Energy At Home. You can also apply it without using a primer. On adding the lacquer thinner to the silver paint I immediately noticed that it seemed to mix in a lot more thoroughly than with the X20-A acrylic thinner. I mainly used humbrol acrylic sprays for the painting of my aircraft kits with enamal tins for the finer details. So if you still have to scrape off some previous paint or apply some primer, do not skip the process. My vote is for enamel. I have not tried this with gloss acrylic. Enamel paints are also for giving walls a shiny finish. Acrylic paint, unlike enamel, doesn’t give as much coverage because it is water-based. Acrylic lacquers have a faster drying time than acrylic enamels, and they produce an even harder, durable surface. Typically, enamel paint is an oil-based paint used to cover surfaces; however, nowadays many latex and water-based paints are also termed as enamel. Automotive and wood furniture finishes are the most common use. And so to answer that question, here are some key differences between enamel and acrylic paint. Lastly, it is tough to remove but tends to peel off over time. The problem with the linked chart is that 'acrylics' is a bit too generalized. For all you know, experimenting with the two varieties might even create a better type of paint for you. Ha none neither, we use acrylic urathane auto paint. Many DIY touch up paints are made from Acrylic Lacquer. acrylics do not. This is to get you to believe that although an acrylic polymer is used, and you can clean up with soap and water, the coating is just as durable as the old enamels. It can be easily removed using spirits but is also washable. So, according to this chart, I should mostly never base coat with an Acrylic since you should't put anything but Acrylic over it? They also dry very quickly. Recent industry developments show that the use of a water-based paint, highly similar to urethane, may offer safer ways to achieve the same high-quality finish. some cary gunze products but most don't. In contrast to this, lacquer paint refers to a quick dry solvent that contains nitrocellulose resin, which is obtained from cellulosic materials. If the Enamel is an original baked finish there should be no problem. So I thnk being flat I should have put a gloss coat on it to help the tape from pulling it up?? Consequently, its moderate coverage also means that it can leave on brushstrokes. And lacquer on top of acrylic can cause problems if the acrylic isn't totally cured. Of enamel, lacquer is the way once upon a time ( let 's say to! Used for other purposes, but i use model master, tamiya, and, theoretically, can cleaned. Never had success using water, enamel using oil cover base lacquers acrylic enamels, but it also! 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