Nail Polish for detail work?

BABAR

Builds Rockets for NASA
TRF Supporter
Joined
Aug 27, 2011
Messages
9,811
Reaction score
4,506
Thinking things like engine pods on Estes interceptor, maybe nose cone tips, antennae.
Seems like an infinite number of colors, comes with its own brush, doesn't dry out.
I guess some are lacquers, some are acrylics. Does it matter as long as your underlying paint coat passes the sniff test?

Any special needs for masking?
 

rstaff3

Oddroc-eteer
Joined
Jan 17, 2009
Messages
11,763
Reaction score
25
I've used it a few times but never paid attention to the composition. On small parts I've put it over primer. The only other time was to touch up the original paint job on a rocket to fix scrapes and dings. I couldn't remember the paint I had used and was having no luck matching it when I stumbled on the perfect nail polish...in our bathroom cabinet :)
 

Nathan

Joined
Apr 19, 2012
Messages
2,206
Reaction score
672
I have thought about trying nail polish for accent colors since it comes it some really cool colors and metalflakes. All nail polish is lacquer. Some is acrylic lacquer and some is nitrocellulose lacquer. I think either should work okay as long as you apply it over a lacquer primer/base coat.
 

dave carver

....what hump?
Joined
Jan 18, 2009
Messages
4,973
Reaction score
5
Location
Idaho
It's lacquer so be careful, it will lift enamel. The solvents are so hot it's softens the under layer then as it dries you get massive orange peel.
 

T-Rex

Ordinary Average Guy
TRF Supporter
Joined
Jul 22, 2011
Messages
3,106
Reaction score
125
I used nail polish a lot on rockets when I was in high school. Worked great. As mentioned above, it is hot, so undercoat appropriately.
Back in the day I was ignorant and spent big $ using Testor's spray enamel. I know that nail polish was compatible back then, but I don't know if the formulas may have changed.....

I still look at nail polish in bargain bins to see if there is a color I want. Full price can get expensive.
 

tomsteve

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2014
Messages
941
Reaction score
323
remembering the crazy prices an old girlfriend spent on nail polish, that could get pretty expensive.
createx makes some pretty nice airbrush paints with quite a palette of colors.
better price,imo.
https://www.createxcolors.com/
 
Top