Could someone recommend what paint would be best to use? Is Testors still a good brand or is there a better product?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Some people really, really like Tamiya. I find it works better for some things than others.
I mainly customize those Nintendo amiibo figurines. And other Nintendo things, or I sculpt and paint them sometimes too.
It just depends on the surface, I have found. Testors that was like 9 months old looked awesome when I was about... 80% done with my first repaint working with these figures (and kind of in general, since I only dabbled in customs when I was younger) and then I got to the bottom almost and turned out half of the jar was dried out. So because I ran out, I couldn't finish the custom I was working on w/ that shade of blue (it was a Yoshi from SMB, a repaint thing, doing it blue from green). I wound up using Tamiya, and it did look nice- went from French Blue to Sky Blue (Testors to Tamiya) so I had to paint over the French.. it was a bit darker.
What blew me away is how well the Testors spread and applied. Did not take a lot of coats. Brush strokes didn't look sloppy when they should have. Tamiya can be hit or miss and sometimes I think I'm getting old paint, or dated paint that may be a bit thinned out or lumpy etc. Testors also seems the slightest bit pricier (Testors = Model Masters main brand, right? Or Model Makers- whatever.) for most all colors, and I do like a good handful of Tamiya's more than Testors' shades (or similar ones, sometimes Tamiya's looks much nicer if you can just apply it evenly without it looking lame... I've soured on their paint a bit but think I may have been getting some old paint, too).
Anyway, I kinda just contradicted myself. I would say if you want, and if others back this up at all, give Tamiya a try. It's a little cheaper if I am not mistaking and has a lot of nice colors. Some are nicer than others. I kind of like Tamiya's dark colors (e.g. black, white, silver, bronze, copper, black semi-gloss, etc.... etc... grey... on and on) a lot more than Testors' as well. So there is that.
I would say to give Tamiya a chance maybe if you have something to test it on and a bit of money to spare on an extra brand, or paint often enough where it would not hurt to have anyway. Another brand I don't mind, even if it's cheap, is Folk Art. Michael's or whatever sells that stuff and it really isn't that terrible at all.
Also... have you worked with and/or are you familiar with paint pens? Depending on what you plan to customize or how you plan on it, paint pens can be really, really helpful. They have big sharpie-sized types, and teeny-tiny pens as well. I really like those and they're pretty cheap. "Elmer's" (the glue I think actually) is the name of one of the brands out there. It's made by Elmer's obviously. I think it just says Elmer's paint pens or something and it's affordable for sure and in most stores, like target even I think. I like their colored paint pens. I order the darker ones from amazon usually since the type I like I can't find in stores. But for features that are small and easier to sketch, say, than paint on... they work great. I used them for customizing my Nintendo amiibo and other figurines alike.
Let me know how the hunt goes. I really do recommend checking out paint pens too. Oil-based is probably bad, though. I think you want water-based for sure if you decide to get some (elmer's is water-based for example, i'm nearly positive).