1. General Questions
1.1. How are Model Color, Game Color, Model Air and Premium different?
In these four water-based acrylic color lines, Vallejo offers different chemical formulations, each designed for a particular segment of modeling.
Model Color and Panzer Aces are creamy, very opaque paints, designed primarily for brush application. In total they include some 266 colors, fourteen Mediums and eight metallic colors to the alcohol.
With the Game Color line the fans of Table Games have 119 colors, Washes and Inks, formulated mainly for the miniature figures of these games. Game Color has a medium viscosity that offers fast and opaque coverage without losing details of the thumbnails.
Model Air's 129 colors have been specially formulated for use in the airbrush, but can also be used to paint fine details with a brush. In addition, there are 2 series of Washes and an extensive range of Moisturizing, Varnishes and Auxiliary Products for all lines.
Premium Color is a new product, developed mainly for RC, for surfaces exposed to external conditions. The range of 52 colors and 8 auxiliary products offers great resistance against impacts, cracking and direct exposure to heat and weather.
1.2. Can Model Color be mixed with Game Color or Model Air?
Yes, our acrylics can be mixed with each other, and with our Mediums, Thinners and Varnishes.
1.3. Can you mix the acrylic colors of Vallejo with other paint brands?
Our acrylic colors can be mixed with other water-based acrylics.
1.4. Model Air is only used in airbrushing?
It has been formulated especially for use in airbrush, but is also used with brush for small details, glazes, etc.
1.5. Can I apply Model Color or Game Color with airbrush if I dilute them with water or a thinner?
You can, but it depends on the color: it must be taken into account that Model Air and Premium have been specially formulated for airbrushing, while some colors of Game and Model Color are not apt to be sprayed, see also points 2.11 and 14. Health And Security.
1.6. Can Premium Color be mixed with Model Air or Model Color?
Our customers have mixed these products, mainly in the use with the airbrush, without having problems of separation or sedimentation. However, Premium has been developed with a new resin, a hybrid of acrylic and polyurethane (based on water) and could lose its properties of hardness and permanence in mixtures. Up to now no incompatibility has been detected between this resin and 100% acrylic resins, but Premium is so new that we can not yet guarantee that any kind of long term drawback could occur due to various mixtures.
1.7. Are there acrylic paints for modeling that are not water based?
Yes, there are acrylic colors based on solvents, and these should not be mixed with water based products.
1.8. How long does it take to dry your acrylic colors?
Acrylics dry when the water they contain evaporates, and their drying time depends on the surface, the thickness of the paint layer, the humidity of the workplace and the weather conditions. In the case of Model Color and Game Color the paint appears to be dry to the touch very soon, but the optimal adhesion to the substrate and the maximum resistance to scratches and notches may not be reached until after 48 or more hours of drying. In the case of Model Air, the very thin layer applied with the airbrush is dried in a matter of seconds, so that the following layers can be immediately given.
1.9. In his tables of equivalences between Vallejo and other marks are not included the paintings of artistic use of Vallejo. Why?
The formula of our paintings for modeling is totally different from the composition of paintings for Fine Arts. Although the pigments are the same, it is impossible for us to assign equivalent values for the artistic lines, since, being so viscous, not even the basic colors of these, such as white, black, etc., would be useful for an amateur To modeling.
1.10. In the colors for artists of Vallejo the pigments are identified. Why do not you do the same in the lines of paintings for modeling?
Except for the basic colors, most of the tonalities of the lines for modeling are the result of a meticulous combination of colors that tries to faithfully reproduce the range of shades of the armament and the shields of certain times. Listing all the pigments that are included in each color could take up too much space. However, a list of all the pigments used in the manufacture of our modeling paints is available on our website, although each combination is not specified separately.
1.11. Where are your products made?
Vallejo has been manufacturing acrylic paints for artists since near Barcelona, Spain since 1970. The factory only manufactures acrylics and water-based colors. Our modeling and miniature paintings are exported all over the world.
1.12. I bought some bottles of paint for models that resemble Model Color but do not carry the logo and name of Vallejo. Are they of its manufacture?
The first range of Model Color was introduced in 1992, and since then we have used the same bottle of 17ml. With dropper, a jar very common in the pharmaceutical industry. Recently one or two other brands of paints have used this type of bottle causing some doubt as to the origin of the content. For this reason, since 2005, all our colors have been packaged in bottles with our logo and name engraved on the bottom, guaranteeing that the content has been manufactured in accordance with the European CE, EN71 / 3 and REACH standards, as well as with the US ASTM certification.