Paint Review: Tamiya Acrylic (Gloss)

Tamiya GlossĀ Acrylic is a special weapon reserved for colors like yellow and white, and any bright glossy color that needs to have a perfect finish. WARNING: You need to be able to brush on the paint WITHOUT disturbing prior coats. That means brushing over previous coats once and once only. Four coats is normal. Each one has be applied at lightning speed with no hesitation. When you can paint Tamiya Gloss Acrylic, Grasshopper–time for you to go.

Rareplanes Vindicator, brushpainted with Tamiya Gloss Acrylic Paints.


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


This is a “special requirement” paint. I wouldn’t use it for too many things due to long drying time, fingerprinting and smell. But if you need a bright color, like white or yellow, then this is the paint. The super high gloss has to be seen to be believed. Not for everyday use, but when you need it, you need it.

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