Subscribe
  1. Raizo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,177
    May 29, 2015, 11:36 AM - Enamel vs acrylics #1

    Is there a reason so many of us use humbrol enamel? Was it because the colors match closely? Is it more durable?

    The reason I ask, is because honestly cleaning enamel paints in between colors is a pain in the ass lol. Acrylics are so much easier for me to clean, and there seems to be a wider array of colors available as well as they appear to be more forgiving.

    Any advice/ input?

  2. Become a member for 90 days and create 50 posts and you won't see these ads.Register now!
  3. intwenothor's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1,775
    May 29, 2015, 11:50 AM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #2

    Acrylics are pretty tough once they're dry.
  4. Raizo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,177
    May 29, 2015, 12:32 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #3

    I was under the impression that they were as well. I have a painted u boat that was rocked around sitting loose in its box and it showed no signs of wear and that was without any kind of protective coat on the paint (clear coat or anything).
  5. intwenothor's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1,775
    May 29, 2015, 12:38 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #4

    They're pretty sturdy and waterproof. Easier to clean.
  6. fettfw3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2015
    Posts
    141
    May 29, 2015, 12:41 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #5

    try using brake cleaner threw your air brush on enamel paints. I found it to clean pretty good and fast in a short time between changing colors and if you blow on the air brush parts after spraying they even dry faster.By the time you take apart spray and reassemble the brake clean has dryed. Also seems to work good on acrylics to.
    Last edited by fettfw3; May 29, 2015 at 12:56 PM.
  7. Raizo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,177
    May 29, 2015, 12:49 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #6

    Well, now I've got to track down an acrylic paint list.
  8. May 29, 2015, 1:03 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #7

    I've found the trick with enamels is to spray through with white spirits after use. I then leave the air brush with white spirit inside till I next use it...
  9. Raizo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,177
    May 29, 2015, 2:17 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #8

    Ah, I guess it's just a lack of knowing the little time saving tricks! Thanks TF.

    Also, I bought an ultrasonic cleaner and threw my airbrush in that. It cleans very well. The paint cup cap had paint on it over 2 years old and it didn't take that many runs through to dissolve it off. So if you don't have an ultrasonic cleaner I highly recommend one! Only 35$ at harbor freight.
  10. May 29, 2015, 3:26 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #9

    I use the same trick with my airbrushes in between colors. (letting W.S sit) I do find it evaporates so I will usually give a clean if I haven't used in a couple of days.
  11. Duder777's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    224
    May 29, 2015, 4:20 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #10

    I think it is just personal preference. Cleaning enamels is a pain, but I have only used enamels for small hobby things. I actually like the look of laquers the best for large projects that need a shiny factory finish. I would like to use acrylics for future Fett stuff so let me know when you get that color list
  12. Darth Voorhees's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    4,477
    May 29, 2015, 4:32 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #11

    i find the enamels to give a more matt finish. The acrylics seem to be more satin. Ive had a hard time getting a true matt finish with acrylics. Not to say its impossible, its just my experience. I found the enamels better in that respect so i just stuck with them rather than going on a search to get the right finish with acrylics. I run the spirits through the brush between colors and leave some in the cup as well until i use it again like TF.
  13. High Speed Low Drag Fett 4 Real's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    6,665
    May 29, 2015, 5:48 PM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #12

    I use lacquer thinner between colors...works pretty well for me. Itll take dried caked on paint too.
  14. Raizo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,177
    May 31, 2015, 11:02 AM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #13

    I decided to stick with enamels for helmets/armor and acrylics for my model kits. Thanks for all your advice/tips guys.

    For white spirits/lacquer thinner, do you generally use a model brand or hardware store one?
  15. thebeans's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2012
    Posts
    530
    May 31, 2015, 11:29 AM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #14

    I use a hardware brand of white spirit for cleaning and thinning humbrol, never gave me any bother.
  16. Member Since
    Oct 2016
    Posts
    5
    Oct 15, 2016, 9:11 AM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #15

    Can anyone shoot me a current paint list, some of the paints Ive researched are discontinued
  17. intwenothor's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1,775
    Oct 15, 2016, 9:59 AM - Re: Enamel vs acrylics #16

    Quote joshuamaggi said: View Post
    Can anyone shoot me a current paint list, some of the paints Ive researched are discontinued
    The "paint by numbers" thread has them all mapped out.

Similar Threads

  1. Rattle Can/ Acrylics Idea.
    By Critch in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: Jul 29, 2014, 5:50 PM
  2. Enamels vs. Acrylics
    By WBCenobyte in forum Prop Building Workshop
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: Jan 8, 2013, 2:00 AM
  3. enamel acrylic enamel?
    By mixmastermace in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Sep 3, 2007, 10:32 PM
  4. Acrylic or enamel?
    By BobasBounty in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Sep 30, 2005, 2:25 AM
  5. Metalizer finish and acrylics
    By SingleSeat in forum Prop Building Workshop
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Aug 5, 2005, 8:01 PM