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Clear lacquer, something to think about price wise.


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So being a former paint and bodyman from way back in time, I was very comfortable making the switch over to lacquer paints.  
Now I’m starting to look at the costs of some of the main supplies we use in the hobby due to the packaging of small quantities we use/order and how I can save on that.  
Obviously I’m not going to even think about buying colors in bulk.  
Examples:

MRP clear is $7.50 for 30ml. ( Let’s say 2/3 of this bottle is thinner too, so 10ml of actual clear in the bottle)

Mr. Color leveling thinner is $16 for 400ml

I can order a quart (946ml) of clear lacquer from TCP Global automotive supply for $100 with free shipping. Basically, we’re talking about 95 bottles of MRP clear plus thinner)

TCP sells “slow” or “hot” lacquer thinner which is what the leveling thinner is. $70 per gallon, free shipping.  Which is about 9 bottles of the Mr. Color leveling thinner at $144 + shipping. 
 

Now I just need to work out a flattening agent so I can mix up flat clears and semi-gloss before I pull the trigger and invest in bulk.   But after going through one bottle of MRP clear on two builds, and one was just small areas, my clear usage is going to get expensive at MRP or Mr. Color prices.

Oh, and you guys in CA, you can fuggetaboutit.  Can’t ship bulk lacquer to your state.  I’m surprised even modeling quantities can be shipped. 

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10 minutes ago, ScottsGT said:

So being a former paint and bodyman from way back in time, I was very comfortable making the switch over to lacquer paints.  
Now I’m starting to look at the costs of some of the main supplies we use in the hobby due to the packaging of small quantities we use/order and how I can save on that.  
Obviously I’m not going to even think about buying colors in bulk.  
Examples:

MRP clear is $7.50 for 30ml. ( Let’s say 2/3 of this bottle is thinner too, so 10ml of actual clear in the bottle)

Mr. Color leveling thinner is $16 for 400ml

I can order a quart (946ml) of clear lacquer from TCP Global automotive supply for $100 with free shipping. Basically, we’re talking about 95 bottles of MRP clear plus thinner)

TCP sells “slow” or “hot” lacquer thinner which is what the leveling thinner is. $70 per gallon, free shipping.  Which is about 9 bottles of the Mr. Color leveling thinner at $144 + shipping. 
 

Now I just need to work out a flattening agent so I can mix up flat clears and semi-gloss before I pull the trigger and invest in bulk.   But after going through one bottle of MRP clear on two builds, and one was just small areas, my clear usage is going to get expensive at MRP or Mr. Color prices.

Oh, and you guys in CA, you can fuggetaboutit.  Can’t ship bulk lacquer to your state.  I’m surprised even modeling quantities can be shipped. 

I had a look at MRP lacquers....interesting colors available. They had the exact matches

for a project I needed but I decided they were too costly and I'm going to mix the colors

from my stock of Tamiya acrylic paints.  Anyway, interesting idea you have.

 

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As much as I like the MRP paints, their clear just doesn't seem to work as well as their colors.  I had the same experience as you: I blew through a bottle trying to get a clear coat on a plane.  Forget trying to cover a 1/32 scale aircraft.  Right now my go-to clear is Vallejo.  Their matte and satin is really good.  Gloss is so so.  I also spray Future if I need an absolute glossy surface.

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