Paint not shiny...why is this?

07-14-2003, 06:09 AM
Ok here is what is happening:

The last model i did was a Astra (painted with tamiya yellow) and i just painted a Ford Focus (with tamiya gold) and did the exact same steps as i did with the Opel.

I primed the body with 3 coats of tamiya primer then sanded it back with 1000 grit paper then did 7 light coats of Tamiya TS-21 (not a metalic gold) but the body is no way as shiny as my Opel...i dont understand why?

Yes i know the paint has to dry for a week but when i finished my opel it was very shiny....

Ohh and i did shake the can for 5 min and put it under warm water.

Can anyone help me here? :banghead: :1zhelp:

Most appreciated

07-14-2003, 06:46 AM
well there could be a million and one reasons. but first i thought ts-21 was a semi-metallic?!? anyhow, well for one thing different pigments react different ways so it maybe flatter than the yellow. also, paints react to different base coat colors. for metallics some times i use a black base coat, sometimes a silver base coat. for others i usually spray a coat of white first. also the humity and temperature have a big effect on curing so did you paint these two in different seasons? also aplication is a constant variable. you never spray exactly the same every time. also you should at least do the last coat of paint a little on the wet side but this is risky with both laquer and spray cans. you might be able to polish it up to desired gloss. if not just give it a quality high gloss clear coat and polish it. this always helps. try to experiment with base coat colors any time you use a new color! this helps in the long run.

07-14-2003, 06:58 AM
I painted the primer 1 week before i painted the gold....i dont think the gold is semi metalic but if anyone knows please tell me.

What would be a good clear laquour? Tamiya?

Thanks alot for all you help :smile:

07-14-2003, 07:16 AM
i use Krylon high-gloss satin finish acrylic. ive always had good luck with it but Tamiya should be good. i heard mr. color is good too but i never used it. stay away from testors as it tends to yellow. JUST MAKE SURE that the clear is compatible with Lacquer!!!!! for safety sake i would use spray tamiya clear gloss. i use strickly acrylics now except for Alclad laquer and i forget whats compatible with what its been years sorry. if i find my old notes ill give you a better idea of what i used to use with Tamiya TS sprays. good luck!

07-14-2003, 07:17 AM
Metallic paint is just not shiny, not as shiny as solid colour anyway. And it also requires clearcoat. Tamiya one would be your best bet over Tamiya paint. Good luck. And check your private messages ;)

07-14-2003, 07:41 AM
Ok great, thanks for all the help guys!

Got your PM and replied :smile:

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