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. Okay. I’m updating this review to reflect my testing which indicates that you CAN paint flat paint over gloss. I’m not saying that you should just plan on doing this all the time–because…because… Oh, hell, I don’t know. I’m just now beginning to adjust to the idea that flat paint can go over gloss. For God’s sake give me some time to acclimate to this new reality… Gloss paint is 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. 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.

1 thought on “Paint Review: Xtracrylix

  1. Just saw your change there. Pity, as it is not available here, and Hannants charges like a wild bull for postage, but good to know.

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