At some time
during the service life of your factory painted model,
the need for touch-up paint and techniques will be
solutions to acquiring and using the products follows.
by various government regulations and Hazmat handling
costs and procedures does complicate things a bit but
must be accepted.
technology however, has provided some workable
solutions. Because the BVM PNP scale models are
available in many different color schemes, one must have
access to a paint mixer and supplier that can duplicate
now allows a paint supplier to electronically scan a
sample part of your model and custom mix useable
quantities of an exact color match. They can package the
paint in spray cans for quick and easy application.
NAPA and Sherwin Williams Automotive stores have this capability as
well as most local auto paint stores.
Custom Colors in 16oz Spray Cans
http://www.sherwin-automotive.com ) $28.00 16oz can
) $25.99 16oz can
prices may not include the color matching process
following applies to both sources;
Single Stage Acrylic Enamel spray can comes to the local
store pre-loaded with the activator, reducer, and
propellant. The store then adds 4oz of the
required custom mixed
stores have paint matching capabilities, call the local
branch. If no scanning capabilities, the modeler can
search through the color chip books at the store for a
close match. Some stores will custom eye-match the
color if it is off a little, before it is injected into
the spray can.
both match competitorsí color formulas.
local manager will normally be able to borrow a color
matching gun from a central branch, or offer to send
your sample to a central branch for scanning and
color match, the modeler may need to leave the sample
and get the color custom formulated.
This may cost extra depending on complexity and the
locations may offer the ability to make Gloss, Satin,
and Flat finishes.
Call a store
near you to inquire about this service. They may refer
you to another outlet if they can't meet your needs. The
prices on the paint, and service will vary, but are
usually reasonable for your model project.
One very active
BVM Rep. has used this service extensively with great
Masters paints are available at model and art supply
stores. There are many colors to choose from. You could
even do a little eye-match mixing to get a homemade
batch. Use their recommended thinner and an air brush.
The One Choice color blender (see below) is also compatible with
For very fine applications
you many want to apply a very small amount of paint. If
so, we use a Paasche Single Action Airbrush, siphon feed
external mix unit. This item is available from hobby
shops and art supply stores.
dispense a small amount of the spray can paint into a
paper cup and then into the small steel cup that comes
with the airbrush. Always start the spray action on a
paper card, then move onto the actual part.
Color and Texture Blending
PPG has a
terrific product called "One Choice" SXA840. It is
packaged in a 16oz can with a unique spray nozzle
that dispenses a very fine mist. It is compatible with
single or dual stage enamels and urethane paints.
mist it on the still wet paint you applied, especially
at the edge of your touch-up to help the color and
paint particles blend into the adjoining surface. It
will dry to the touch in 1-2 hours. As always, practice
on a plastic card or model scrap before applying to your
All of the
BVM Tip's and How To's are provided to help you master
some modeling techniques. Procedures dealing with
filling, priming, sanding, masking, airbrushing,
polishing, ect. are described in these "Fixing and
As all of the
BVM "Tips and How To's" finishing articles advise,
always practice the repair and paint work on a sample
panel before applying to your model.
And, know that
paint will fill and cover #600 wet or dry sanding