New product – Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint

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The long-awaited new product Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint (LP-1 ~ LP-30) in bottles appears!

Tamiya color lacquer paint
■ 1st 15 colors
152 yen (main unit price 160 yen) released around Saturday, December 2, 2017
■ 2nd 15 colors, 3rd and beyond will be released one after another


  • Strong coating film that is most suitable for basic painting
  • Shorter dry time, higher working efficiency
  • Safe for finishing with beautiful glossy enamel paint etc
  • Best for air brush painting
  • Capacity: 10 ml * Acrylic paint mini The size and capacity of the glass bottle are the same.

Could this mean that Tamiya is releasing a paint that is more or less something like MRP (Mr. Paint)? If so it’s a great thing! Only downside is the small jar size of 10ml. MRP are using bigger bottles and I’m almost ready to stop using Tamiya paint (certain colours) because I keep having to buy them in bulk when I’m busy. Please Tamiya, make your larger jars available in Europe too!

Lacquer Paint is going to appeal to many for sure, at least to us who are still using solvent based paints in favour of “pure” acrylics. They just don’t dry where I live…

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  1. MRP paint is a ready to spray paint, very convenient. No more guessing on ratio of paint to thinner thats why it comes in a larger bottle.
    Tamiya lacquer comes in a 10 ml bottle you have to mix or add solvent to thin it.
    For me I find Tamiya more economical than MRP paint because I can control the condistency of it.

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    • I didn’t know you had to mix them with thinner (solvent) yourself? I’ve still not been able to source them where I live (apart from black and white…) so I haven’t got first hand experience with them yet sadly. MRP on the other hand I’ve had time to experiment with because I was able to buy just about every colour I wanted – and I like them a lot! I do have to say that they are more suited to planes, cars etc where a glossy finish is wanted rather than armour where you have a flat paint, but I’ve started to experiment with MRP flat base to sort that out. MRP is also harder to chip than acrylics but I love having access to lacquer paints because they look fantastic!

      I hope the range of Tamiya lacquer paints become available soon so I can try them and to compare them with my other lacquer paints like MRP and Alclad II?!

      Many thanks for your comment! 🙂

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      • Tamiya lacquer is very common here in the Philippines so as with Gunze Mr. Color, they are both lacquer. Very nice to use because we have warm weather here.
        If you happen to get a Tamiya lacquer paint you will immediately notice that the consistency is very thick. Without adding it’s dedicated thinner you won’t be able to airbrush it. It will clog your airbrush at once because it is thick. Not like MRP paint, it’s airbrush ready because it’s diluted like milk consistency.
        I do used MRP paint and I like it too but very expensive here. Colors exactly match what is called for in the instruction.
        I hope you find Tamiya lacquer in your area and compare it to MRP paints.

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