How To Use Model Master Metalizer™ Products

Metalizer is a unique metalizing plate finish, especially formulated for all kinds of plastic models. It is a high-quality product manufactured with the finest materials available.

The Metalizer line consists of a wide range of buffing and non-buffing colors which will allow you to duplicate any natural metal finish. No other product offers the capability and versatility of Metalizer.

Metalizer is easy to use. All colors are pre-mixed for airbrushing – simply apply to your clean, unpainted model according to the following directions, let fry for several minutes, and then buff to a brilliant metal sheen with a clean, soft cloth.

In order to achieve optimum results, carefully read the information in the Special Hints and Suggestions that follow:

Special Hints and Suggestions

1: Make sure the plastic part to be painted is dry and free of dust, lint, fingerprints, mold release compound and any other foreign matter. Thin residual films of silicone (sometimes left on plastic parts as a result of the molding process) may be removed by cleaning with a small amount of rubbing alcohol or washing with dishwashing detergent and water. If a detergent and water wash is used, the part should be water-rinsed and dried completely.

2: Shake the bottle thoroughly prior to use. Stir occasionally if one color is being used for a prolonged period. Recap tightly after use.

3: Metalizer colors are recommended for all major kinds of airbrushes, both internal and external mix. Set the airbrush at a "medium" setting and fine tune airbrush and pressure to personal preference and individual technique. If thinning is desired use Metalizer thinner (TES1419) only. Do not use other thinners.

4: When using buffing colors, spray light mist coats and allow to dry for 10 minutes. Buff with facial tissue, cotton balls, or a soft cloth to the desired sheen. For best results, begin by buffing very lightly at first, gradually increasing pressure as the finish begins to "buff up" to the desired metal-plate look.

5: Non-buffing Metalizer colors also are "ready-to-use" airbrushing lacquers. However, buffing is not required or recommended. The non-buffing colors represent a range of metallic shades and levels of sheen to allow for a variety of effects.

6: Metalizer buffing colors are compatible with all other buffing colors, just as the non-buffing colors may be mixed with each other to produce desired shades. Cross-mixing of buffing and non-buffing colors is no recommended.

7: Due to the unique nature of Metalizer coatings, the use of standard-tack masking tape is not recommended. Low-tack tape can be used successfully on non-buffing colors. Here’s another way to mask to achieve a "dissimilar" panel effect as on aircraft models. Cut newspaper into strips and soak in water. Outline the area to be painted with the wet strips. Soak up all water droplets with a tissue, then lightly airbrush the area. Remove paper and soak up water drops. Allow to dry then buff as usual. Note: When using the "wet masking" technique, best results are achieved by spraying the dark colors first. Then, after placing the masking strips, spray the lighter colors.

8: Dry Metalizer finishes may be decaled as usual.

9: Seal all buffing and non-buffing colors with Metalizer sealer (TES1409 or TES1459). Clean your airbrush with Metalizer thinner (TES1419)

10: Metalizer can be overpainted with most hobby paint. As always, you should first test the overcoat for compatibility before applying to the model.

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