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Colourcoats Application Guide

Application Guide

Colourcoats paints enamel based paint suspensions and 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. We do not supply aerosol cans.

No primer is required for adhesion purposes however it is good practice to spray a single colour coat (grey, black or white) to ensure your surface preparation is suitably uniform.



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.

Opening and Mixing

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.

Our video below demonstrates how to open and mix Colourcoats tins, a useful guide for new modellers and an excellent reminder for seasoned modellers!

Drying Times

Colourcoats is safe to mask over once touch dry and safe to airbrush with more Colourcoats when touch dry. When brush painting we recommend to leave for 24 hours unless you're very experienced and can be careful to not over-work the surface with the brush.

Colourcoats is usually fully cured in 24-48 hours depending on your application technique, temperature, humidity and film thickness applied though.


Video Guides

We have a range of videos on our youtube channel and social media with helpful guides to using Colourcoats paint.


Paint Coverage

Colourcoats has excellent coverage if used correctly. Thin light coats will give you an even cover of paint and allow the paint to flash off between coats. Our time-lapse video below demonstrates how well our paint can cover by using a light teak colour over a dark grey. This video is shot in on continuous shot so you can assured it is genuine.

Airbrushing Guides




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