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RELATED TOPICS: BARE-METAL | ACRYLIC
Q: How long should I allow a model painted with Tamiya acrylic to dry before I can add Bare-Metal foil?

- Craig Nelson
Pomona, California

Ken: Some modelers claim that Tamiya acrylic is "instant drying" and can be handled almost immediately after painting; that's not exactly true.

The surface may dry relatively quickly, but Tamiya (and just about any other paint) requires a certain amount of time to cure before moving on to any subsequent construction step that means handling the freshly painted parts.

It's a good idea to give any paint job at least a week to cure before handling. It may not always be necessary, but it's a good habit to get into.

Tell yourself before you even start that you're going to give any paint job seven days - during which time you can prepare other parts, work on another model, or thumb through old installments of "Tips & Tech" for hints on applying Bare-Metal foil.




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