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  1. It's not that we won't say what will thin the paint, it is the fact that many modelers will try to use something that may harm the intended finish of Tru-Color Paint. We do not want modelers to be unhappy with their first experience with Tru-Color Paint. We know some modelers use acetone to thin the paint, but it dries so fast that the paint may blush or be rough. Users smell the acetone that is part of the solvent mix and think that is what they should use. However, it is less than 5% of the solvent mix, but it is the most volatile and odorous of the solvents used and that is why it appears to be dominate. In very hot areas (like Phoenix, AZ right now !!!) we recommend adding a few drops of our TCP-310, Retarder, to slow down the evaporation rate even more. We have heard of other thinners being used, but we cringe what we hear some people are using. We also want to keep modelers safe and our blend of solvents are the least toxic around. We are NOT banned in CA or TX or any of the other 48 states. Australia, New Zealand, all of Europe allow our products to be imported. Our TCP-015, Thinner, is priced the same as the paint in 1 and 2 oz. bottles as it takes the same amount of time to fill, label & package the material as any color paint. The BIG savings is in the 16 oz. size, which is only $ 42.95 per 16 oz. (versus $ 80.95 for all paint colors). I'll get off my soapbox now and let everyone get back to modeling. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint
  2. We had been asked if Tru-Color Paint works on Shapeways 3-D printed parts used in model building. We can now definitely say YES. Tru-Color Paint can be hand OR air brushed onto Shapeways parts made with either FUD or FXD resin. Just follow the recommendations for using Shapeways parts by exposing them to sunlight or a UV lamp for an hour or so to fully cure any residual resin. As with any plastic part, make sure the surface is clean and you can apply ANY color on the part(s). A custom painter (North Valley Trains) of locomotives that uses Tru-Color Paint exclusively for his projects showed us several shells painted in black, white and yellow. One shell was made with FUD (steam engine), the other (Norfolk Southern diesel) with FXD. We note that the only difference in the parts is the smoothness of the finished part, with the FXD being much smoother (but also much more costly) than the FUD part. Trust this info helps. Let us know if there are any other questions regarding Tru-Color Paint and we will try to get them answered ! Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint
  3. John: We need accurate color chips or some standard to manufacture those colors. We would love to add any U.S. aircraft colors that we have not scheduled, For U.S. Bi-planes we have enlisted the help of WWI Bi-plane expert Kevin Wenker to help us. He has already helped us match several British colors and is now working on French Doped colors. As stated in prior emails, we will NOT match any colors to pictures. They are just not accurate enough in our opinion. We need an expert in the field or other means to guarantee we are making product that is correct. We pride ourselves on being as accurate as possible for every color we produce. If you can send us definitive info, or know of someone who has this type of info available, we would be glad to hear from them. Did ANA numbers exist for this era ? If so, we might be able to find those colors from a source we have. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint
  4. Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that we are shipping the first 6 U.S. Navy colors ahead of schedule ! These paints are shipping on August 29, 2017 to hobby shops and distributors. All are available in 1 and 2 oz. size bottles, but most hobby shops carry only the 1 oz. size in stock. The 6 colors are: TCP-1000 Norfolk 65-A Anti-fouling Red; TCP-1001 Dull Black #82; TCP-1002 Navy Gray #5; TCP-1004 White 5-U; TCP-1009 Mahogany and TCP-1042 Modern Haze Gray - Federal Standard 36270. The suggested retail is $ 5.69 for the 1 oz. bottle and $ 10.25 for the 2 oz. bottle. Note that these are all air brush ready. However, they can also be applied with a paint brush. Michael Megee of the Craig Hewitt chapter hand brushed a 1/700 Sims class destroyer using our paint and he liked the results very much. Each month from Oct. 1, 2017 to around Oct. 2019 we will release 2-4 new U.S. Navy ship and/or aircraft colors. Nearly every camouflage color - grays, blues, greens and browns - will be produced to cover the era from 1939-1946 (with the help from Randy Short of Snyder & Short) for color matching). We will also have all modern ship colors PLUS colors for the U.S. Navy Aircraft flown in WWII and all modern day jets ! If your favorite hobby shop does not them on order from us or any of our distributors inform them they are shipping now ! You may also order direct from us. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779
  5. Mark: Thank you for your message. Yes, you can use lacquer thinner to clean the airbrush. Most brands should remove Tru-Color Paint OK. But usually acetone is much less expensive and it dries much faster than lacquer thinner so you can air brush again within seconds after the equipment is clean. As for sets, we produced 3 different automobile sets for the modeling community at a discounted price (along with individual bottles) and they were poorly received. We still have 100's of sets in stock so we will not repeat that error again. Savings of $ 2.00-3.00 for sets over single bottles don't appear to be important for the modeler. In fact, we have been sending these sets to IPMS shows throughout the U.S. as door prizes. Sets are more costly for hobby shops in the long run as they do not sell as well as single bottles - they worry about inventory turns like every retail shop. The other problem with sets that no 2 people will pick the same colors that should be in the sets. Cannot please everyone all the time. We will be at the National IPMS Convention next year. EVERYONE is invited to stop by our booth to buy paint or discuss modeling. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint
  6. Bottle pictures of the Tru-Color Paint SEA colors to be released Oct. 1, 2017 are attached for your perusal. There are 4 colors in the first release and the TCP-1213 picture will be added before the end of this week. The bottles shown are all 1 oz. ( $ 5.69 list), but they are also available in a 2 oz. size ( $10.25 list) for larger models and/or projects. All paint is available from your local hobby shop or from us directly. On Nov. 1, 2017 we will release the first true F-22 simulated radar dispersion/absorption paint for the modeler ( 2 colors) along with Fed. Std. 34092 Gunship Green. As with all of our products, these too will be stocked in 1 and 2 oz. size bottles. Every Tru-Color Paint product is manufactured in Phoenix, AZ ! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779
  7. John: Thanks for your message. We have thought about adding a line of British RR paints, but have not been able to get anyone get us accurate color chips to match (we will NOT match colors from pictures) nor a hobby shop in the UK to carry our line of paints. Although it would be interesting to have some colors for the UK, we don't see much a much of a market for them in the U.S. and cannot justify a production run without adequate sales potential. If you want a custom run of any British RR colors, that we can do. All we require for a minimum production run is 128 oz. of paint, set up in 1, 2 or 16 oz. bottles of your choice. AND an accurate color chip or painted sample for us to match. Let us know your thoughts on this message, Martin Cohen Tru-Color Paint
  8. Nick; Thank you for your message. No, you do not have to prime plastic models with any of our metallic paints. We have an extensive line - Galvanized Steel, Tin, Copper, Gunmetal, Titanium, Silver, Brass to name just a few plus about 70 colors in the metallic/pearlescent automobile line. We even have a few metallic kandy colors. A kandy color is transparent and best seen when sprayed over silver so that it has a "wet" look. If you send us your address, I'll send you the flyers we have which will show all the colors, including the metallics. Trust this helps. Martin Cohen Tru-Color Paint
  9. Bill: Gil is correct, the Tru-Color Paint lines are all solvent based paints similar to an enamel. Drying time is 30-60 minutes depending on ambient temp. & humidity. They can be masked for 2nd or even 3rd color additions within 60 mins, after each application. Our paint adhere very well to plastic, wood, pewter and Lexan (for R/C). On brass and other metals etching and priming is recommended. Clean up is easy - use acetone for the air brush equipment. It dries in just a few minutes and you are ready to paint another color quickly. Our paints in the military line are ready to spray from the bottle, no thinning is required. However, if you do want to thin the paint, please use TCP-015, Thinner, as it is made with the same blend of solvents that our paint is produced with so it will not harm the finish or effect the drying time. Trust this helps. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint
  10. Richard: 1) Many of our customers use other masking tape. Whatever paper/tape is used, pull the material off at a 180 degree angle to the model and you should be OK. A lot of custom painters like our masking paper because it will cover a large area and can be printed on, if you want to make multiple masks with curves, etc. 2) As mentioned above, Tru-Color Paint is preferred by many custom painters - Calumet Models, John's Trains, North Valley Trains, NH Custom, etc. We also supply paint to 4 OEM model train manufacturers: Bowser, Exact Rail, Scale Trains.com and shortly to USA Trains. It adheres quite well to plastic models, Lexan (used for R/C cars), pewter and even wood models. Brass and some other metals need to be etched and primed to get good adhesion. 3) As long as the filler is cured, I see no reason why Tru-Color Paint would not adhere. But why the primer ? Unless the filler bleeds residual uncured polymer, you should not need a primer. If that is the case use ours, TCP-007 or 256. 4) We have about 10 hobby shops in TX that carry our paint - check them out and see what they say about the quality and use of our paint. Martin Cohen Tru-Color Paint
  11. Gil: Hobby shops may buy direct from us or from any of the 7 U.S. distributors we have: Horizon Hobby Wholesale, Walthers Trains, Hobbytyme Distributors, Emery Distributors, Heartland Hobby Wholesale, NF Enterprises and Yankee Dabbler. Walthers, Emery, and Heartland carry every color we produce - railroad, automotive, flat, military and matte (100% across the board). Horizon carries most of the railroad (about 85%), Hobbytyme the entire railroad, matte, flat and military (100 %) - no automotive, and the other 2 about 50% of the railroad line. If the local hobby shop contacts directly, we can send him flyers of whatever product lines may be of interest to him for his customers. We can then talk to them about becoming a dealer (if they aren't one already). Martin Cohen Tru-Color Paint
  12. Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce the first 4 releases of our military paint line for AFV's starting on Oct. 1, 2017. These will be designated as follows: TCP-1400 Olive Drab 1; TCP-1401 Olive Drab 2; TCP-870 Dark Mud and TCP-872 Aged Rust. The first 2 paints are designed to be applied with an air brush, the latter 2 colors are designed to be applied with a paint brush. By adding our TCP-015, Thinner to the latter 2 colors (about 80/20 ratio paint to thinner) you can then spray the "detailing" paints on your models. All of the paints will be available in 1 oz. ( $ 5.69 for the 1400 series - $ 6.19 for the 800 series) and 2 oz. ( $ 10.25 for 1400 series - $ 11.25 for 800 series) size bottles for the modeler from your favorite hobby shop or directly from us. Contact us if you have any questions or comments. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779 See us at the IPMS National Convention in Phoenix next year !
  13. Tru-Color Paint is pleased to announce that part of the first colors to be released in our new military line of paints on Oct. 1, 2017 are those for U.S. Air Force jets used in SEA. These are designated as follows: TCP-1209 Fed. Std (FS) 34102 Light Green; TCP-1211 FS 36622 Gray; TCP-1212 FS 30219 (Sierra) Tan; and TCP-1213 FS 34079 Forest Green. All of these will be available in 1 oz. ($ 5.69 list) and 2 oz. ( $ 10.25 list) size bottles from your favorite hobby shop or directly from us. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779
  14. Gil & Rusty: Thanks for your replies. To answer your questions: 1) Tru-Color Paint comes ready to spray directly from the bottle in the military paint line, without thinning. We suggest a pressure of 28-35 PSI for best results. If thinning is desired we recommend our TCP-015, Thinner, as it is the same blend of solvents used in the manufacture of the paint so it will not effect the drying time or desired finish. Shelf life for Tru-Color Paint is infinite. Even if some solvents evaporate after opening, adding some TCP-015 will reconstitute the paint. 2) Depending on ambient temp. and humidity Tru-Color Paint takes from 30-60 minutes to dry. You can then mask your model for the next application or decal. We also have Gloss (TCP-018), Satin (TCP-014) and Flat (TCP-017) finishes in the product line. We also make our own masking paper (TCP-900 & 910), which is 8" x 10" - the largest commercially available masking on the market. 3) It is NOT necessary to prime your model when using Tru-Color Paint when using on plastic. We do recommend priming when painting on brass or similar metals. We have a Dark Primer (TCP-007) and a Light Primer (TCP-256) which should be applied and then baked onto the metal part under a heat lamp. 4) All colors will be sold individually. Modelers do not seem to care for sets (we heard that from Life-Color and Testor's customers and hobby shops) because if they run out of a color, they have to buy another set if that is all that is available to them, which wastes some colors they do not need. 5) We already have a line of metallic colors - Galvanized Steel, Titanium, Graphite, Aluminum, Dark and Semi-Matte Aluminum, Brass, Gunmetal, Copper, Metallic Iron (Rust), Burnt Iron and over 50 metallic colors for automobile (in the TCP-700 series) modelers. We can send out our complete product list - just give us your address or you can view the entire line - 600+ colors on our website: trucolorpaint.com 6) Clean up is easy. Acetone (unscented nail polish remover) will remove all Tru-Color Paint from air brush equipment or a paint brush and it dries quickly so you can spray again in less than 1 minute. DO NOT USE ACETONE for thinning Tru-Color Paint - it dries too fast and the paint may blush or give a very rough finish. 7) We use an acrylic polymer to bind the pigments in the paint to your model. There is no catalyst, so it does not cure like an enamel. It dries hard to the touch. 8) In the TCP-800 series Tru-Color Paint is designed to be applied with a paint brush. All of these paints will dry flat (except for Brass and Copper which are still glossy). Due to the high solids content of the paint , this series is $ 6.29 for a 1 oz. bottle and $ 11.25 for a 2 oz. bottle. These are ancillary products used for figures, applying rusts, muds, rifles, dusts, etc. There are 82 colors in this series. 9) We have NEVER discontinued a color in our product line and do not intend to start now. Once we issue a color, it is permanently in our line, even if it becomes a slow mover. All manufacturing is done in our plant in Phoenix, AZ and we have the capability of running many batch sizes. Trust this answers all of the questions and then some. If I have missed anything, let me know and I'll try to help. We will be the the National convention next year, but we will also be at Model Zona in November if anyone is attending. I am building 3 F-4's in various paint schemes (hopefully they will look half way deceit - I haven't modeled in 45 years!) and we commissioned some tanks and ships to be built by modelers at the Craig Hewitt chapter. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint
  15. Tru-Color Paint will start shipping replacement colors for most of the paints that were discontinued. Our first release will be on Oct. 1, 2017 with the release of 14 colors: 6 for U.S. Navy ships and 4 each for the U.S. Army (armor) and U.S. Air Force (SEA colors all FS numbers). Then, each month thereafter we will release 4-10 new military colors for the 3 main modeling types until the end of 2019. All paint products are manufactured in Phoenix, AZ and are solvent based. All paint products are stocked in 1 oz. ($ 5.69 list) and 2 oz. ( $ 10.25) bottles. Most hobby shops will carry the 1 oz. size. We have over 200 hobby shops that carry the Tru-Color Paint product line (known for railroad paint - 400+ colors and automobile paint - 100+ colors) across the U.S. and Canada along with 8 distributors. A complete list of all scheduled products are shown on our website: trucolorpaint.com. Martin Cohen, PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779
  16. Hi there from hot, dry northern Phoenix, AZ. Tru-Color Paint here. We are pleased to announce to the military modeler that our new line of military colors for armor, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy ships will be start shipping on Oct. 1, 2017. In the initial release there will be 14 colors: 6 for U.S. Navy ships, 4 each for U.S. Armor and U.S. Air Force. Then each month thereafter our intent is to release 4-10 new colors until the end of 2019. By the time we are through with this we will have added over 200 military colors to our vast product line. The entire Tru-Color Paint product line is manufactured in Phoenix, AZ. It is a solvent based paint, similar to an enamel, but it does not cure. All of the colors are stocked in 1 oz. ( $ 5.69 list) and 2 oz. ( $10.25) bottles. We pride ourselves on producing the most accurate modeling paints on the market (over 400 railroad colors and 100 automobile colors attest to this). We are grateful to many of the IPMS members who have helped us develop many of the colors not governed by Federal Standard color chips. All colors are matched to color chips from various sources (Snyder & Short for U.S. Navy 1939-46) or matched by experts in their field: Kevin Wenker for Bi-planes, Ethan Dunsford for U.S. Armor and others. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reply to this forum. Martin Cohen PhD Tru-Color Paint P.O. Box 74524 Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524 714-488-9779
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