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Who invented Model Color?

Spanish model-painters, having worked with solvent based paints, began to use some of our fine-arts acrylics in the 1980ties; they eventually suggested changes and modifications in our formulas, and we designed a product in accordance with their needs. After some years of development, this was to become Model Color. The product has a complicated chemical composition, and formulas are revised constantly in accord with new developments in technology, availability of new resins and raw materials, changes in pigments, and updated regulations and environmental concerns

Was Model Color the first acrylic color used ?

Model Color was the first water-based acrylic used for model painting. Some other acrylic brands were available, but they were solvent based. Not all acrylics are water based.

What is the advantage of acrylic colors ?

The most important considerations are health and environmental factors.

What makes Model Color different from other ?

The colors were developed to have perfect adhesion even on non-porous surfaces such as metal and plastics. They are made with finely ground permanent artists’ pigments and the best available resins, but there are many other ingredients in the formula that make this a very special product.

What is the shelf life of your Model Color paints?

The shelf life depends on the storage conditions. Our colors are formulated to withstand freezing and thawing. Normally the colors should be fine for at least 5 years, but we have tested some colors much older than that (10-20 years) and they are still workable. The colors do not “spoil” and unless exposed to extreme heat will not dry out either but the water content will evaporate eventually. Heavier pigment tends to settle, and the small bottle may cause some difficulty in restoring the balance in the consistency; if paint has settled heavily, first make sure the eyedropper tip is not blocked with dried paint, and restore the emulsion by rolling the bottle between your hands rather than shaking it.

What if the Model Color does not go on smoothly ?

The pigment may have settled too much. Add two drops of Crackle Medium (70.598) and mix the contents of the bottle by rolling it between your hands.

How can I best restore the original mixture ?

The best way to stir the product is not so much by shaking the bottle, as by squeezing the bottle and then rolling it between your hands. Please us this method and try thecolor on some other surface first to see if the blending has been successful.

Do I have to use a Thinner with Model Color ?

You may want to use our Thinner if you are painting very small details. This thinner does not contain solvents, it has the same formula as the colors but without pigment.

Can I use Model Color in an airbrush ?

For use in airbrushing, we especially developed Model Air, it has the specific chemical composition and the right viscosity- no thinner is needed - but many artists use Model Color in airbrushing for reasons of color range, opacity and availability.

On some Model Color are labeled do not spray ?

Some bottles Model Color are labeled do not spray. This has only to do with the law California. It is only in colors that contain traces of cadmium pigment. In the 38 colors of the Color Model, this is the case. It is recommended to use a filter mask for security use in this case

Can I mix MC with Model Air or with Game Color ?

Yes, our products are completely compatible with one another, but the different viscosities may affect the end result. Mixing should be done with care, and our mixing bottles may be helpful to get the right proportion