Tips

Tip: Humbrol GlossCote

Usage

A solvent-based varnish that goes on clear and dries clear, overcoming the yellowing effect associated with traditional varnishes. The product dries to a smooth, gloss finish.

Substrate

Common plastics used to manufacture model kits including polystyrene and ABS, as well as MDF. Matt cote is usually applied as the final coat to a fully painted and decaled model.

Application

Brush or airbrush. Thin suitably when airbrushing using Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

Drying Time

Surface dry in 1 hour. Fully dry after 24 hours. Drying times will vary according to ambient temperature and humidity. Recoat after 24 hours.

How to Clean

Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

In this video we show you the uses of the Humbrol Model Cotes range.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Humbrol Satin Cote 28ml - AC5401
Humbrol Gloss Cote 28ml - AC5501

Humbrol Matt Cote 28ml - AC5601
Humbrol Enamel Thinners 28ml - AC7501
Humbrol Workstation - AG9156
Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat - AG9155

Humbrol products used in this video:

PZKW VI AUSF.B "King Tiger" - A03310
MINI Countryman WRC - A03414

We strongly suggest you practice the techniques using a test piece first.

Tip: Humbrol SatinCote

Usage

A solvent-based varnish that goes on clear and dries clear, overcoming the yellowing effect associated with traditional varnishes. The product dries to a smooth, satin finish.

Substrate

Common plastics used to manufacture model kits including polystyrene and ABS, as well as MDF. Matt cote is usually applied as the final coat to a fully painted and decaled model.

Application

Brush or airbrush. Thin suitably when airbrushing using Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

Drying Time

Surface dry in 1 hour. Fully dry after 24 hours. Drying times will vary according to ambient temperature and humidity. Recoat after 24 hours.

How to Clean

Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

In this video we show you the uses of the Humbrol Model Cotes range.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Humbrol Satin Cote 28ml - AC5401
Humbrol Gloss Cote 28ml - AC5501

Humbrol Matt Cote 28ml - AC5601
Humbrol Enamel Thinners 28ml - AC7501
Humbrol Workstation - AG9156
Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat - AG9155

Humbrol products used in this video:

PZKW VI AUSF.B "King Tiger" - A03310
MINI Countryman WRC - A03414

We strongly suggest you practice the techniques using a test piece first.

Tip: Humbrol MattCote

Usage

A solvent-based varnish that goes on clear and dries clear, overcoming the yellowing effect associated with traditional varnishes. The product dries to a smooth, low-sheen matt finish.

Substrate

Common plastics used to manufacture model kits including polystyrene and ABS, as well as MDF. Matt cote is usually applied as the final coat to a fully painted and decaled model.

Application

Brush or airbrush. Thin suitably when airbrushing using Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

Drying Time

Surface dry in 1 hour. Fully dry after 24 hours. Drying times will vary according to ambient temperature and humidity. Recoat after 24 hours.

How to Clean

Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

In this video we show you the uses of the Humbrol Model Cotes range.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Humbrol Satin Cote 28ml - AC5401
Humbrol Gloss Cote 28ml - AC5501

Humbrol Matt Cote 28ml - AC5601
Humbrol Enamel Thinners 28ml - AC7501
Humbrol Workstation - AG9156
Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat - AG9155

Humbrol products used in this video:

PZKW VI AUSF.B "King Tiger" - A03310
MINI Countryman WRC - A03414

We strongly suggest you practice the techniques using a test piece first.

Tip: Humbrol Acrylic Thinner

Usage

Thinning down of Humbrol Acrylic paints, most commonly for airbrushing.

Substrate

Acrylic paint.

Application

Brush or airbrush.

Drying Time

Paint drying times may vary with the addition of acrylic thinners.

How to Clean

Water.

In this video we explain the uses of Humbrol Acrylic Thinners and how it improves Humbrol Acrylic paints when brushing and airbrushing.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Tip: Humbrol Enamel Thinner

Usage

Thinning down of solvent-based enamel paints, most commonly for airbrushing.

Substrate

Enamel paint and other Humbrol solvent based products.

Application

Brush or Airbrush.

Drying Time

Paint drying times may vary with the addition of Enamel Thinners.

How to Clean

Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

Tip: Humbrol Crystal Clear

Usage

Seals porous surfaces, finish will not yellow with age. Adds strength and water resistance - helps prevent tarnish and rust.

Substrate

Wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, fabric and paper.

Application

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action. Spray additional coats to create a darker effect.

Drying Time

15-30 minutes.

Tip: Humbrol Glass Etch

Usage

Used to transform mirrors, interior doors and windows. Used in conjunction with stencils, a wide range of designer effects can be created.

Substrate

Not suitable for areas prone to high condensation, steam, moisture or cold damp conditions.

Application

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action.

Drying Time

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action.

How to Clean

Can be removed if not fully dry with Humbrol Enamel Thinners. Product is permanent once dry.


In this video we show you the uses of the Humbrol Glass Etch Spray Range. We strongly suggest you practice the techniques using a test piece first.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Humbrol Glass Etch White 150ml - AD7700
Humbrol Glass Etch Pink 150ml - AD7701
Humbrol Glass Etch Blue 150ml - AD7702
Humbrol Glass Etch Green 150ml - AD7703
Humbrol Enamel Thinners 125ml - AC7430
Humbrol Workstation - AG9156
Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat - AG9155
Humbrol Masking Tape 10mm - AG6010
Humbrol Small Tool Set - AG9150

 

Tip: Humbrol Metal Cote Spray

Usage

Creates a polished look once dry and buffed.

Substrate

A wide range of surfaces including most plastics, wood, glass, ceramics, metal, cardboard, sealed plaster, sealed hardboard and many more.

Application

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action. Once dry polish with a soft dry cloth.

Drying Time

30-60 minutes, for best results leave for 24 hours.

 

Tip: Humbrol Maskol

Usage

A rubber solution that can be applied to surfaces to prevent them being painted. When the paint has dried the Maskol can be simply peeled off.

Substrate

Common plastics used to manufacture model kits including polystyrene and ABS and a wide variety of other applications including glass.

Application

Brush only. Apply to surface, allow to dry and paint over. When paint is dry peel off the Maskol.

Drying Time

15-20 minutes.

How to Clean

Wipe away using a damp cloth.

In this video we show you how you should use Maskol on your plastic kit to really get the best possible look and finish.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Humbrol Maskol 28ml - AC5217
Flat Brush Pack - AG4302
Coloro Brush Pack - AG4050
Humbrol Clear 125ml - AC7431
Humbrol Enamel Thinners - AC7430

Airfx products used in this video:

Pzkw VI Ausf.B 'King Tiger' Tank 1:76 - A03310
Saturn V Skylab 1:144 - A11150

Tip: Humbrol DecalFix

Usage

A water-based solution for softening decals and securing them into position.

Substrate

Decals are usually applied onto painted surfaces. Care should be taken to avoid ‘silvering’ over matt paints.

Application

Brush on to decals or immerse them in Decal fix for approx. 45 seconds or until softened. Slide off using a brush and dab dry with tissue paper.

Drying Time

20-30 minutes. Do not force dry decals as they may crease or shrivel.

How To Clean

Excess product should be wiped away using a damp cloth.

In this video we explain how to use Humbrol Decalfix and what can be acheieved.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Humbrol DecalFix 125ml - AC7432
Humbrol DecalFix 28ml - AC6134
Coloro Brush Pack - AG4050
Humbrol Workstation - AG9156
Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat - AG9155

Airfix Products:

Tip: Humbrol ClearFix

Usage

A solvent-based polymer solution for use as an adhesive on clear plastic parts without the risk of the ‘frosting’ effect sometimes seen using traditional glues and for making small windows or translucent areas of 3mm or less.

Substrate

Common plastics used to manufacture model kits including polystyrene and ABS.

Application

A cocktail stick is usually the most practical means of application. Run a small drop of Clear fix around the edge of the window then draw across the opening to produce a thin membrane.

Drying Time

24 hours.

How to Clean

Wipe away using a damp cloth. Product is permanent once dry.

Tip: Humbrol Balsa Cement

Usage

A quick-drying transparent cement for balsa, other soft woods and cork.

Substrate

Balsa, other soft woods and cork.

Application

Directly onto substrate.

Drying Time

20-30 minutes.

How to Clean

Wipe away using a damp cloth. Product is permanent once dry.

Tip: Humbrol Model Filler

Usage

Fills hairline cracks and gaps between plastic parts. The product can be sanded when fully dry using a fine grade of sandpaper and painted.

Substrate

Plastic model kits.

Application

Directly onto substrate without excessive application of product. If gaps are deep two thin coats are preferable to one thick coat.

Drying Time

Surface dry in 1-2 hours. Fully dry in 24 hours.

How to Clean

Wipe away using a damp cloth. Product is permanent once dry.

In this video we explain how to use Humbrol Model Filler and what can be acheieved.

Humbrol products used in this video:

AE3016 - 31ml Humbrol Model Filler
AE2500 - 28ml Humbrol Liquid Poly
AD6001 - Humbrol Grey Primer No.1

Tip: Humbrol Poly Cement

Usage

A solvent-based cement suitable for plastic model kits only.

Substrate

Common plastics used to manufacture model kits including polystyrene and ABS. The product works by melting the plastic on application and ‘welding’ two glued pieces of plastic together to form a strong bond.

Application

Directly onto plastic model kits. A cocktail stick can be useful to apply sparingly to small areas or fine details.

Drying Time

Surface dry in 10-20 minutes. Fully dry in 1 hour.

How to Clean

Can be removed if not fully dry by re-dissolving with Humbrol Liquid Poly or Precision Poly. Product is permanent once dry.

Tip: Humbrol Enamel Wash

Usage

Used to create realistic weathered, oiled and grime effects on scale models.

Substrate

Humbrol Enamel Washes can be applied to most substrates depending on the method.

Application

Brush straight from the jar. Thin with Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

Drying Time

10-20 minutes - Drying times may vary with additional Thinners.

How to Clean

Humbrol Enamel Thinners.

Tip: Humbrol Weathering Powder

Usage

Used to create realistic weathered effects.

Substrate

Weathering Powder can be applied to most substrates depending on the method.

Application

Weathering Powder can be applied dry or mixed with several Humbrol products.

Drying Time

Dependent of application methods.

How to Clean

Dependent of application methods.

Tip: Humbrol Multi-Effect Spray

Usage

Creates a Two-Tone / Flip paint effect.

Substrate

A wide range of surfaces including most plastics, wood, glass, ceramics, metal, cardboard, sealed plaster, sealed hardboard and many more. A black base coat must be applied first.

Application

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action.

Drying Time

15-30 minutes.

Tip: Humbrol Fluorescent Spray

Usage

Creates instant visibility, idea for identification and safety as well as decorative and craft projects. Glows under UV light.

Substrate

A wide range of surfaces including most plastics, wood, glass, ceramics, metal, cardboard, sealed plaster, sealed hardboard and many more. A black base coat must be applied first.

Application

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action.

Drying Time

15-30 minutes.

Tip: Humbrol Varnish Spray

Usage

Protects and creates a desired finish: Matt, Satin & Gloss.

Substrate

Overcoat for the applicable paint type.

Application

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action.

Drying Time

15-30 minutes.

Tip: Humbrol Acrylic Spray

Usage

A solvent-based, fast-dry paint developed for use on plastic model kits but which can also be used on other substrates. Matt, Satin, Gloss, Metallic and Clear finishes are available.

Substrate

A wide range of surfaces including most plastics, wood, glass, ceramics, metal, cardboard, sealed plaster, sealed hardboard and many more.

Application

Spray at least 25cm from the substrate and spray with an even back and forth action.

Drying Time

15-30 minutes.

How To Clean

Can be removed if not fully dry with Humbrol Enamel Thinners. Product is permanent once dry.

Tip: Humbrol Acrylic Paint

Usage

A water-based, fast dry paint developed for use on plastic model kits but which can also be used on other substrates. Matt, Satin, Gloss, Metallic and Clear finishes are available.

Substrate

A wide range of surfaces including most plastics, wood, glass, ceramics, metal, cardboard, sealed plaster, sealed hardboard and many more.

Application

Brush straight from the tin or Airbrush with a suitable thinner such as water. Two thin coats are preferable to one thick coat. The usual thinning ratio is 2 parts paint to one part Humbrol Acrylic Thinner.

Drying Time

1-2 hours ‘hard dry’, allow longer for Gloss and Metallic finishes.

How To Clean

Acrylic Thinners or water when wet, cellulose when dry.

Tip: Humbrol Enamel Paint

Usage

A solvent-based, fast-dry paint developed for use on plastic model kits but which can also be used on other substrates. Matt, Satin, Gloss, Metallic, Metalcote and Clear finishes are available.

Substrate

A wide range of surfaces including most plastics, wood, glass, ceramics, metal, cardboard, sealed plaster, sealed hardboard and many more.

Application

Brush straight from the tin. Airbrush with a suitable thinner such as Humbrol Enamel Thinners. Two thin coats are preferable to one thick coat. The usual thinning ratio is 2 parts paint to 1 part Humbrol Enamel Thinner. Note that Metalcote colours are designed to be polished when fully dry.

Drying Time

Gloss: 1-2 hours. Matt & Satin: 20-40 mins touch dry, up to 24 hours for hard dry. Metallics: hard dry in approx. 10 days. Recoat: 6 hours minimum.

How To Clean

Humbrol Enamel Thinners when wet. Product is permanent once dry.

Tip: Humbrol Clear

A thin clear varnish that goes on clear and stays clear. Humbrol Clear drys to a low gloss finish, a higher gloss finish can be achieved by applying further thin coats.

Usage

A water-soluble, self leveling gloss medium that can be prepare painted surfaces for decals, as a gloss varnish and to improve the appearence of clear parts.

Substrate

Humbrol Enamel and Acrylic Paints.

Application

Apply thinly with a brush or airbrush. To achieve a high gloss finish, apply additional coats.

Drying Time

Surface dry in 30 minutes. Recoat once dry.

How to Clean

Water.

In this video we show you the uses of the new Humbrol Clear Gloss Varnish.

Humbrol products used in this video:

We strongly suggest you practice the techniques using a test piece first.

 

Tip: Humbrol Liquid Poly

Usage

A solvent-based cement suitable for plastic model kits only.  The product is a low viscosity version of Humbrol Poly Cement to enable application by brush.

Substrate

Common plastics used to manufacture model kits including polystyrene and ABS.  The product works by melting the plastic on application and 'welding' two glued pieces of plastic together to form a strong bond.

Coverage

Depends on thickness of application.

Application

Directly onto plastic model kits.  An integral brush is supplied.  A cocktail stick can be useful to apply sparingly to small areas or fine details.

Drying time

Surface dry in 10-20 minutes.  Fully dry in 1 hour.  Drying times will vary according to ambient temperature and humidity.

How to clean:

Can be removed if not fully dry by re-dissolving with more Liquid Poly or Poly Cement.  Permanent once dry.

In this video we show you how you should use Liquid Poly on your plastic kit to really get the best possible look and finish.

Humbrol products used in this video:

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