I've completed a fair number of aircraft in natural metal finishes using
Alclad, SNJ, and even Krylon Chrome. But it sure would be nice for safetly
reasons to be able to get a high quality finish with an acrylic "metalizer".
Anyone had any luck with any of the acrylic metalizer paints? Tamiya, Gunze,
PollyScale?What seems to work best?
I've experimented a little with Tamiya Chrome (seems very grainy) and
PollyScale bright silver.
I don't think the layer technology used in acrylics can ever work
effectively with metallic finishes, though I'll use Tamiya Chrome silver to
patch gaps in foil finishes.
I think you have to actually physically level the metallic grains with
polishing as recommended by SnJ or the - what I call in his memory - Les
Sundt method where you embed aluminium powder in varnish, then polish to
I've always been unsatisfied with using acrylic metallics overall, and have
usually stripped it off again.
I only wish enamels dried as positively as acrylics do.
For the ultimate metallic finish, there was a terrific article in Finescale
Modeller a few months ago describing how a P-38 was given the overall foil
Back when I was using acrylics (I've gone back to enamels - acrylics dry too
fast here), I was very impressed with the Gunze range of Mr Metal Color
buffables. I found a gentler touch was needed when polishing than with
enamels, but otherwise a good product.
(the Aussie one)