Paint Review: Humbrol Acrylic

Humbrol made a real effort to produce a usable acrylic paint. Unfortunately, they have a ways to go…

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


Not really very good for brushpainting. The container shown is the paint I actually tested. I never really got this paint to work for me, even though I mixed Future into the paint, and Windex, and I even used BON AMI! (Bonus points if you can name that movie–answer below.)

(The Ghost and Mr. Chicken)


Well look, I already told you! I deal with the customers so the engineers don't have to! I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can't you understand that? What is wrong with you people?

  • I have tried this formula, and have not had great results with it. The new formula in the twist top pots I have had better luck with, by thinning lightly with some water and a touch of washing up liquid. The adherence has been very good too. Unfortunately the paints have a rough, gritty texture apart from a few colours. The grittiness goes from light textures, to unusable for anything but sand paper. A lottery really. So unacceptable due to this inconsistancy.

    • I’m just now learning that there is a “new” Humbrol acrylic, and my review is for the “old” acrylic? The grit sounds like a real problem. Poor Humbrol and their never-ending acrylic woes.

  • They used to have little pots of Acrylic back in the 80’s/90’s. They didn’t set the world on fire, but I got on with them quite well. Old Humbrol acrylics kicked the bucket along with Airfix/Humbrol about 12-15 years ago, and a new formula was brought out a few years after Hornby aquired the Humbrol brand (your pot in the picture is the first incarnation of the ‘New’ version).

  • Hey Dan,

    Long time no hear. Anyway, just thought I would add to this reviews comments with the tidbit that Humbrol have moved manufacture of their acrylic paint line to the UK from China. Once I get hold of a few of the new ones, I will brush them out and give a comparison with our favourites. Fingers crossed.

    • Looking forward to it. I recently acquired some Mission Models paint. VERY thin. Otherwise, it’s excellent paint. But just too thin for me to want to brush it. I can see how somebody could, though. You never know, I might gradually learn to do it myself. But I have a large inventory of the old paint, and the new paint is hard to use, and that old clock on the wall keeps on tickin’.

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