Spraying Tamiya TS-23

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Spraying Tamiya TS-23

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Good day all. I have a question regarding Tamiya TS-23 light blue spray paint (rattle can). When testing the paint on white plastic spoons it dries to a "mottled" finish with gloss, simi-gloss and flat areas. Looks terrible. Can anyone provide any tips on why this is happening? I thought this was a gloss finish paint but perhaps not? Thanks for your help.
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You are correct in thinking that it is a gloss paint as Tamiya's website describes it as: "A glossy shade of light blue."

The only thing that comes to my simple mind is how the paint was applied. By this I mean not applying a consistent wet coat. I have had instances where not applying a wet coat across an entire surface had similar results to what you described.
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I have been experiencing this issue with different TS paints as well. I had wondered if the paint was old or if me having left it in the garage to go through different temperatures had affected the paint.
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Hi 1slowhand,

Could be an issue with the paint not mixing properly. Suggest thoroughly shaking the can for at least two minutes.
If it's cold where you are painting then warm the can but do this carefully. You don't want the can to explode. Perhaps sit the can in warm water for a minute then shake again for a few more minutes to get the warmed paint properly mixed.

Again, be careful when warming the can. Use warm water, not boiling. As an alternative, sit the can in direct sunlight for a minute. The aim is to warm the contents of the can without causing the can to explode due to too much internal pressure.

If it is humid then that will also cause problems. Try painting on a warm dry day with low humidity.


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I live in Houston and it is humid most of the year

All TS paints applied correctly, in several mist coats and several wet coats will get glossy, but not in the humidity, I paint in a 3rd car garage with an AC unit and Damp Rid, works great all year, but on super humid days it just won’t work

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The paint dries outside in so especially on blues will “fog” the finish

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Thanks to all of you for you valuable comments. Will try mixing longer and warming paint before trying the spoon tests again. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge.
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To heat up the can, try putting it in a jar/bowl of warmish water for a few minutes.

Also, if the shaking does not work, try spraying into the air while holding the can upside down for half a second.
Then give it a good squeeze (again into air, not on model) the right way up.
I have had a similar experience to you, and my theory was that the mix was not flowing right through the nozzle...
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1slowhand wrote: Mon Nov 28, 2022 11:18 am Thanks to all of you for you valuable comments. Will try mixing longer and warming paint before trying the spoon tests again. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge.
Let us know how it works out for you.

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Re: Spraying Tamiya TS-23

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Success !!! After a delay due to illness and bad weather (I'm in Calif and must paint outdoors) I followed your suggestions regarding extended mixing and warming of paint prior to spraying and the results were great. Thanks again for all of your feed back. I'll be following these steps in the future with all TS rattle cans. Thanks again.
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