Colourcoats paints are either a matt or satin finish (each paint is detailed on the listing). Satin finishes allows decals to often be applied directly to the colour without need for a gloss varnish to avoid backing film silvering, whilst avoiding the excessive drying times and difficulties in getting an even coat when working with gloss paints. This also means Colourcoats is very quick drying for application of multiple coats/varnishes compared to gloss enamels. Colourcoats is also highly opaque meaning that a single coat is often sufficient coverage. It can be sprayed with a suitable airbrush or brush painted. When brush painting multiple thinned coats are recommended with sable brushes.
If necessary Colourcoats can be thinned with either the standard quality solvent thinners - White Spirit in the UK/ Paint Thinners in the USA, or cellulose thinners/ lacquer thinners in the USA for rapid drying. The recommended thinner however is Colourcoats Thinners, a specially formulated enamel thinner which combines the drying times of cellulose, far less odour than either type of general purpose thinner, very good paint adhesion without softening plastic and is fully compatible with Colourcoats paint long term - meaning you can return unused thinned paint to the tin for long term storage. Sovereign Hobbies Ltd takes no responsibility for performance or storage issues where thinners other than Colourcoats Thinners are used, because obviously we have no control over what the end user chooses to add and we cannot product test with every random liquid someone may add to Colourcoats paint.
Solid pigments will tend to separate from the carrier solvent if sat still for long periods of time, so we strongly recommend thorough mixing before use.
Colourcoats Paint Codes Info.
AC/AR- If the code if prefixed with AC or AR this means it is either Aircraft (AC) or Armour (AR) respectively. These will come under the corresponding collections; AC is under Colourcoats Air. AR is under Colourcoats Land.
Naval colours have no prefix and come under Colourcoats Sea.
The following letter represent the military forces/time period.
ACUS- United States Army Air Corps / United States Air Force / US Navy aircraft
ARUS - United States Armour
US - US Navy (ships)
ACOZ - Royal Australian Air Force
AROZ - Australian Armour
ACD - Royal Netherlands Air Force (Dutch)
ACF - Armee de l'Air (French Air Force)
ACJ - Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft, Imperial Japanese Army aircraft
ARJ - Imperial Japanese Army armour
ACLW - Luftwaffe (German Air Force)
ARG - Wehrmacht (German Army)
KM - Kriegsmarine (German Navy)
ACLE - Luftwaffe/RAF
ACSM - Soviet Modern (Modern Soviet block Aircraft)
ARR - Russian Armour
ACRN - Royal Air Force / Fleet Air Arm
ARB - British Army
RN - WW2 Royal Navy
ACRA - Regia Aeronautica (Italian Air Force)
IT - Italian Armour
RM - Regia Marina (Italian Navy)
ACS - Soviet WW2 Aircraft
ACGW - WW1 (The Great War) Aircraft Colours
ARI - Israeli Armour
C - Multiuse Colours
M - Modern Naval Colours
GW - WW1 US Navy/Royal Navy