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Tip: How To Use Modelcotes

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: How to use 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: How to use the Humbrol Tool Set

In this video we explain how to use Humbrol Tool Set and what can be achieved.

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Tip: How to use the Humbrol Workstation

A must for every modeller. The Humbrol Workstation is manufactured from a tough and durable material that can't be melted by Humbrol Poly Cement.

Dimensions: height 67mm x width 485mm x depth 335mm

Suitable for use with Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat: AG9155.

The Humbrol Work Station is designed with double depth sections for holding 9 x 14ml/12ml Humbrol Enamel or Acrylic pots, or 3ml Humbrol Acrylic pots.

In addition to this it also has double depth water cup holders, which allows the modeller to place Humbrol 28ml products, such as: Mattcote, Satincote and Glosscote, Decalfix, Maskol, Clearfix, Thinners, Liquid Poly and Weathering Powders.

Other Features of the Humbrol Work Station:

    • Designed to fit the new Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat (AG9155) within the working area.
    • Two mixing areas either side of the Cutting Mat.
    • A4 Instruction sheet holder.
    • Brush and tool holders.
    • Easy to hold handles either side of the Work Station.
    • Rubber feet, which allows the modeller to place on a flat surface.

In this video we explain how to use the Humbrol Workstation and what can be achieved.

Humbrol products used in this video:

Humbrol Workstation - AG9156
Humbrol A4 Cutting Mat - AG9155
Humbrol Enamel Wash Oil Satin - AV0209
Humbrol Detail Brush Pack - AG4301
Humbrol Stipple Brush Pack - AG4303
Humbrol Coloro Brush Pack - AG4050
Humbrol Enamel Thinners 125ml - AC7430
Humbrol 28ml Humbrol Liquid Poly - AE2500
Humbrol Medium Tool Set - AG9159

Airfix products:

Gloster Gladiator - A02052

Tip: How to use Humbrol Detail Brushes

These ultra fine sable hair brushes are ideal for painting small detailed areas on your models or figures. The easy grip ergonomic handles make them a pleasure to use for short or long periods of time.

This pack contains four different brushes, sizes 00, 0, 1 and 2.

Suitable for Enamel and Acrylic paints.

In this video we show you the uses of Humbrol Detail Brushes.

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Tip: How to use Humbrol Flat Brushes

Made from high quality soft synthetic hair, the Flat Brush pack is perfect for creating a smooth professional finish. Ideal for painting large surface areas, weathering, adding washes and helping to apply decals.

This pack contains four different brushes, sizes 3, 5, 7 and 10.

Suitable for Enamel and Acrylic paints.

In this video we show you the uses of the new Humbrol Flat Brushes.

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Tip: How to use Humbrol Stipple Brushes

The Stipple Brushes have been designed with heavy dry brushing and weathering in mind. Made from a tough natural hair, which is perfect when adding those finishing touches to bring your models to life.

This pack contains four different brushes, sizes 3, 5, 7 and 10.

Suitable for Enamel and Acrylic paints, as well as Weathering Powders.

In this video we show you the uses of the new Humbrol Stipple Brushes.

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Tip: How to use Humbrol Spray Primer

Usage

A solvent-based, fast-drying 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 and sealed hardboard.  Also most applications in general DIY and automotive.  Always try on a small test area to check suitability.

Coverage

Depends on application and thickness of coats.

Application

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

Drying Time

15-30 minutes

How To Clean

Hold can upside down after use and depress nozzle for a few seconds to clean. Can be removed if not fully dry with Humbrol Enamel Thinners. Product is permanent once dry.

In this video we show you how and why you should primer your plastic kit before painting.

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Tip: How to use 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.

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Tip: How to use Humbrol Acrylic Thinners

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.

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Tip: How to use 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

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Tip: How to use 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: How to use Humbrol Metalcote Spray

Usage

Creates a polished look once buffed.

Substrate

A wide range of surfaces including most plastics, wood, glass, ceramics, metal, cardboard, sealed plaster and sealed hardboard.  Also most applications in general DIY and automotive.  Always try on a small test area to check suitability.

Coverage

Depends on application and thickness of coats.

Application

Aerosol spray.  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 minutes - for best results leave for 24 hours

How to Clean

Hold can upside down after use and depress nozzle for a few seconds to clean.  Permanent once dry.


In this video we show you how to use Humbrol Metalcote Spray to achieve dazzling metallic finishes on your models and craft projects.

Humbrol products used in this video:

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

 

Tip: How to use 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: How to use 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

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