Paint Review: Lifecolor

I really wanted to like this paint. When I opened the Lifecolor jar I was hoping to smell the familiar ammonia of MM Acryl, but instead I noticed only a very faint alcohol smell.  The paint looked good in the bottle, but when I brushed it on, coverage was not too good. Combine that with brushmarks and low adhesion and you have a pretty bad paint for my methods. Your mileage may vary…

  • Self Leveling
  • Need for Additives
  • Coverage
  • Proper Drying Time
  • Compatibility
  • Stippling
  • Fingerprinting
  • Adhesion
  • Line Drawing
  • Availability
  • Color Selection
  • Smell
  • Price
  • Packaging


I have mixed emotions about Lifecolor paint. It’s probably worse than the rating indicates, because it lacks the all-important “self-leveling” quality. In the end, I can’t recommend it for anybody who wants to brushpaint. This paint really highlights the fact that many items on my rating scale need to be “weighted” more heavily than others.


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  • Which of the paints so far would you say ‘just about the same’ when it comes to Lifecolor?

    • The same as Lifefcolor? None of them are exactly like it. It has some good qualities. You can draw a line with it, but it has all the other bad qualities of Model Color. It’s like a thin version of Model Color. You could paint with it by applying multiple coats. It would be fragile but since I don’t mask that wouldn’t matter too much. But the brushmark issue is a deal-killer, really.

  • It has to be thinned and applied in several perhaps 5-6 coats to give proper coverage… Having done so I find it ok.

    • I agree. That’s also the best way to achieve level coverage. It’s quite a unique paint and demands mindful patience and those many coats. However, the results can really be worth the extra time spent.

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