All About Detail Painting A Model Boat Kit

Detail painting has a tendency to make the best overall model boat kits scene and the majority of such details are produced as white metal castings. However, nothing can match the quality of a manually painted detail. Let us check out a quick and easy process to paint a model boat. Even though the technique of painting may differ from others, however, the principles are absolutely the same.

Opting for the right type of brush

  • It is highly recommended to always keep away from getting some cheap, low-quality brushes. In order to experience flawless results, it is always worth buying the best quality, sable hair, which you can manage to pay for.
  • With the purpose of painting a big area of the model boat, always mull over making use of a brush with a square head of around 3 mm – 4 mm wide with a narrow head as well as average stiffness. The process is quite similar to painting a house but at a much smaller scale.
  • Always take care of the brushes. Every brush must be cleaned using water, turpentine or lacquer thinner as per the type of paint being applied. Keep away from allowing them to soak in any of these solutions.
  • Consider washing every brush using concentrated dishwashing liquid and hot water after the initial wash. The intention is to dispose of any paint dregs in the brush and particularly in its barrel. Ensure to clean right after the paintwork is completed. Quality brushes do last for years.
  • In order to get a clear finish, you can always count on a larger, soft, round or oval head brush. Such brushes offer a softer application and let faster application compared to a brush with a square head.


  • More than a few thin coats are better than one or two thick coats. You’re on the right track if the wood at the rear is visible behind the initial coat.
  • The brush must never be overload with the paint. The paint must be taken from the bottle or pot and laid it with the brush on to a piece of fresh paper.
  • You must always work in a single direction from one end to the other of the ship – aft to stern or the other way around. Avoid beginning in the middle.
  • Avoid going back to a perceived mistake behind you in a single application. The paint will have tacked and, particularly with enamels, you’ll get pulling that’ll turn a minor into a major mess.
  • Always let the paint dry completely. Enamels require a minimum of six hours. A major mess will be made if you try to process partially dried paint.


  • After the final coat, let it dry completely and then rub it with a tissue paper in order to even out any color differences and brush strokes.
  • Apply a lacquer if you wish to perform another coat.

Different parts of different model boat kits require unique brushes and make sure you have the best product in order to get the most promising detailing results!

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