Now i will introduce what i usually use for painting my Gundam model kits. For you who confuse how to paint gundam, the first step you should know is what type of paint do you want to use. Now there are basically three types of paints i use regularly.

First is Enamel Paint.

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Enamel paint is good for painting small details or engraving like chest part in master grade sinanju, enamel paint however is not really good at painting large part such as legs, arms and whole head/body.

For disolving enamel paint, you need enamel thinner (picture above). You only need a small amount of enamel thinner to disolve the paint.

Now the good side for enamel paint that it’s very easy to use for brushing, yet the weakness is that enamel paint dry very slow and easily scratched.

Next type of paint is Acrylic paint.

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Now this one is a favorite of mine to paint my Gundam model kits. Acrylic paint is water based paint that dries quickly and very easy to use with airbrush. It is not very good to use with handbrush.

I personally use Tamiya Acrylic paint to brush most of my gundam kit nowadays. The texture are smooth, the color is good, and there’s no strong chemical smell when used and the main benefit is that acrylic paint is easily disolved by alcohol 95%, you don’t need to buy expensive thinner to use acrylic paint.

The weakness is obvious, compared to the laquer based paint, Acrylic paint is fairly weak and easily scratched. That’s why i use TOP COAT after painting with my acrylic paint (picture below)

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Now this top coat is used after you finish all your work, the main purpose of this topcoat is to give one strong layer to your paint job. This top coat is laquer based (the strongest type of paint). How to use it? just spray all over your finished Gundam model and you’re done.

There are many types for this top coat, gloss, semi gloss, flat and others. Choose which one do you like the most.

Last but not least, Laquer Paint.

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Laquer paint is the strongest paint and the most popular paint used for painting gundam model kits. You need airbrush and laquer thinner (picture above) to use these paints. The advantage of laquer paint is that laquer paint dry quickly, has a smooth texture, very strong and not easily scratched, easy to use and has a lot of beautiful color. My main problem with laquer paint is that this paint has a very strong chemical odor which i cannot stand. That is why i choose acrylic paints (I still love my lungs).


If you only want to add details and make your Gundam model kits box color accurate, use brush and enamel paint for the easiest way. but if you want total repaint, use laquer or acrylic paint with airbrush and enamel paint only for detailing.

That conclude my Gundam Model kits tutorial, See my other Gundam modeling tutorial here. ^^;


This post will show you how to give weathering effect to your Gundam model kits. First of all, Im still new and Im sure there’s a lot of better weathering master out there, but in this post i think my knowledge will help you give a reference how to give your Gundam a weathering effect.

First of all, you need plastic model.

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For first step, spray flat coat to your part, I use Mr. Hobby -- Mr. Super Clear Flat.

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After that prepare a lot of cotton bud, enamel paint and thinner.

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Add enamel paint directly to your cotton bud

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Apply your cotton bud into the parts, add to every corner and panel lines.

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After dry, apply a bit of flat top coat again and prepare rough brush with grey enamel paint.

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Give your brush a bit of grey enamel paint, try to apply it in tissue or dry cloth to prevent excess paint in your parts, this technique is called dry brushing

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Brush it to your part and the result will look like this.

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Too messy? Too dirty for your taste? No problem, apply enamel thinner to cotton bud and gently clean your parts, end result should be look like this.

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Ta da! Actually, I create this tutorial in a forum long time ago, so if there’s a better way to do it, feel free to apply to your Gundam Model Kits. Good luck! ^^;

See my other Gundam modeling tutorial here.