Paint Review: Xtracrylix

A surprising “dark horse” paint from the U.K. has all the right qualities–and it’s glossy…??

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


It’s glossy. This seems like a good thing, maybe, but it’s really NOT a good thing.To make this paint into a “good” paint you need to add a flattening agent (like Tamiya Flat Base). Why? Because you can’t paint flat paint over gloss. Try it if you don’t believe me. Gloss paint is also very difficult to stipple. On the other hand, Xtracrylix is fundamentally a very good paint and works well, and the glossy finish is a “trademark” of this brand. But I wish it weren’t. One good thing about it is that, for a glossy paint, it dries fast and hard and does not finger-print. As a “special weapon” it’s outstanding, but for most uses the gloss gets in the way.


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