Using different acrylic paints
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Using different acrylic paints

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Hi all.

I'm a fairly noon customizer as I just started a few months ago, and only have like 4-5 rough figures under my belt. I'm getting better, but it's a slow learning process.
The past few months, I've been using a few testors model master paints for my figures. However, they're not the cheapest paints at nearly 5 bucks per bottle.
I saw that in Michaels, they have acrylic paints under a label called Americana.

Anyone use Americana? Are they decent to use?

Posted by Bronxstalker
on Sunday, May 18, 2014
User Comments
Ole Jade Jaw -
Monday, May 19, 2014
Those guys are right on. I'll add that if you're looking for a cheap hobby, this ain't it!! Try to cheap out and you will just be spinning your wheels and frustrating yourself. If you're gonna put in the effort, don't you want it to stay that way?
pock63 -
Monday, May 19, 2014
Like patraw said the cheaper paints generally dry with a chalky texture that is easy to chip. If for any reason I do need to use these paints(sometimes there's a color I want that I can't find in another brand) it's very important to seal the paint afterwards with matter or gloss krylon spray sealant. This gets rid of that chalky texture and makes it more chip and wear resistant.
Patraw -
Monday, May 19, 2014
The cheaper acrylic paints in craft stores tend to dry chalky and are often villified by the customizing community. That said, I use the el-cheapo Apple Barrel and Folk Art brands (I get 'em from Wal-mart, but I imagine they can be purchased elsewhere as well) all the time (because I'm a miser), but, bear in mind that my figures are usually made out of paper, not plastic, so, while they work well for me, they might not necessarily do so for you.

Quality paints are an asset, but technique/skill are just as important, if not moreso.
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