Thank you for your interest in The Mission Models paint System.
Our acrylic line of paint is non-solvent based and odorless. We have invested hours of time researching and developing this new line to meet our high standards and the ability to offer the best paints for scale modelers and graphic artists. Mission Models paints incorporate the finest ground and highest quality lightfast pigments. Our Formula is triple pigmented and does not include any additional thinners or reducers which in time can cause a break down of the paint and diminish shelf life and quality.
Because our paint is triple pigmented and ultra fine you will find that MMP offers superior and beautiful coverage utilizing thin coats from the airbrush. Due to the fact that our pigments are so fine spraying through airbrushes with .015 and .2 needles found on many airbrushes is not a problem as wilth so many other hobby paints.
Our paints are airbrush ready and can spray straight from the bottle with no issue and minimal tip dry. We do recommend adding one or two drops of our Polyurethane Intermix when spraying straight from the bottle for enhanced flow and slower drying time when atomizing from the airbrush tip.
We have extensively tested in all conditions from winter cold to 105 degrees with 90% humidity with virtually no tip dry and no clogging of the airbrush. Although our paint is designed for airbrushing but also ideal for brush painting.
Mission Models Paints will accept all manufactures clear coats with out conflict. Yet we recommend our own clears.
Oil and enamel rendering , tinting and washes will pose no problems.
We also offer our own Thinner which is technically a reducer. Our acrylic Thinner/Reducer acts as two different products. It is your Thinner and your airbrush cleaner. Many other products on the market require a separate reducer, flow enhancer, thinner and AB cleaner. Not ours. Simply add the thinner to your paint, mix to the recommended ratio os 20 to 30% to 1. ( 2 or 3 drops thinner to 10 drops paint) and your done.
Although the paint performs flawlessly straight from the bottle thinning it down with our Thinner / Reducer brings out the best. Mission Models thinner is also your airbrush cleaner. It is NON ammonia based and will not strip the finish off your tools.
In addition to our Thinner we also have our Acrylic Polyurethane Mix. The MMP poly mix is an automotive grade additive and an integral part of your system. Like the paint it is very easy to use. After thinning your paint with our thinner flip the cap on the poly with your thumb turn the bottle completely upside down ( creates a vacuum effect in the bottle) and squeeze out a few drops into the paint and mix. One or two drops is all you need.
For best results we highly recommend stirring the Poly and Thinner in your mixing cup. DO not shake.
The poly additive is beneficial as it increases durability , sanding properties and further Leveling. Our Poly Mix additive is also acts as an additional adhesion promotor. You do not need to use the poly to make the paint work as intended but adding the poly to your reduced paint will give you increased and unbelievable museum quality results. Our Polyurethane will slow the drying time so less is more. If you add too much Poly the paint will dry slower. Don't worry it will dry it will just take longer.
We prefer to add 3 to 5 drops of Poly Intermix ( MMA-001) to the paint when spraying straight from the bottle but drops to be added depends on how much paint you mix. There is no need to add poly to our primer.
Our acrylic primers are also very easy to use. Thin using our thinner ONLY. No substitutes period. Our primers need to be activated. Mixing in our thinner will instantly activate the primer. There are no tricks. Our primer is acrylic and also non solvent based. Activating the primer will not turn it hot and will not damage any materials at all.
The primer must be thinned for proper performance and leveling. Mix it like you would mix paint. 20 to 30 % ( 2 or 3 drops thinner to 10 drops paint ) You do not have to do any thing different. We do not recommend spraying straight from the bottle as the primer is thick so must be thinned. Your airbrush can be rinsed with water and then final spray though though with MMP thinner. The Mission Models primer is dry to the touch in about 15min and drys super smooth and incredibly durable. No sanding required.
We suggest shooting primer between 2-3" from the work surface in light wet coats. Do not spray in light dry coats.