What kind of paints are Fire Scale Colors FSC and FCM?
Fire Scale Colors inks are solvent-based, pre-diluted for use in airbrushes only.
Our inks have fast drying time, no fading and excellent coverage which makes them very easy to work with.
Fire Scale Colors are in three types: solid, metallic and pearl colors. Solid paints do not have sparkling effects like metallic and pearl colors. Metal paints contain aluminum flakes to create a sparkling effect. Fire Scale Colors uses the smallest metal flakes available in the industry to create the perfect paint solution for small-scale car models.
Need to be diluted?
DO NOT. The inks are pre-diluted for airbrush use, so you don't need to dilute our inks. They are diluted to a perfect airbrush consistency. You can buy additional paint thinners on our website if you want to spray our paint thinners.
Do the paints smell?
Colors with FSC or FCM reference, yes they do, being acrylic based on solvent they always smell.
Should I use a Primer for Fire Scale Colors?
YES, absolutely! The inks are based on solvents that work best with a primer that seals the plastic and creates a surface for the ink to adhere to. Our micro filler primer is perfect for plastic, resin and metal. For professional results, always use a primer in your kits to scale.
It is always necessary to apply varnish?
YES. The inks dry to a matte finish, so they require a varnish layer and if your goal is to get a high-gloss finish on your model. Varnish solutions are available on our website.
How many models can I paint?
You are guaranteed to be able to paint two 1/24 scale models with a 30ml unit by fully applying 3 to 4 layers of color.
How can I clean my airbrush after using paints?
You can clean your airbrush with Fire Scale Colors airbrush cleaner or acetone. Ultrasonic cleaners do a great job when cleaning airbrush parts.
Are the paints supplied with instructions?
Yes, we always send instructions along with the colors, in case of doubts or clarifications, you can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it possible to remove the paintings from my model?
Yes it is! Paints can be removed using brake fluid or isopropyl alcohol without damaging the model's plastic body. Just submerge your model's body in a small container filled with brake fluid or alcohol and leave the model in it for a few days. The ink will separate from the plastic. Make sure to clean and dry the model completely before repainting it.
Do Fire Scale Colors inks have an expiration date?
DO NOT. However, the solvent in the ink can evaporate over time, but you can always add more solvent to restore the ink's viscosity to its original state. Be sure to keep the ink bottle tightly closed at all times. Put the cap on the bottle immediately when not in use. Keep your ink in a cool, dry place.
What air pressure (bar) is recommended for spraying Fire Scale Colors?
The air pressure (bar) commonly recommended for a gravity feed airbrush is anywhere between 1 bar - 2.5 bar, depending on the viscosity of the paint being sprayed. Fire Scale Colors inks are pre-diluted for optimal airbrush use, but using the right bar setting is the key to achieving a perfectly smooth and uniform finish. We recommend the use of low air pressure, between 1.5 to 2 bar when spraying Fire Scale Colors paints. The goal is to spray thin layers creating the desired color density. Never spray "wet" as this wastes ink and can create flaking paint. Remember that paint should not repair or "remove" imperfections on the plastic surface of your scale model.
Which airbrush tip size is recommended for spraying Fire Scale Colors?
The nozzle, also known as the tip, and the size of the airbrush needle determine the amount of paint that can be sprayed through it. Sizes generally range from 0.10 mm to 1.5 mm. We recommend a nozzle of at least 0.2 mm to 0.4 mm for good uniform spray coverage when spraying bodies of scale models with Fire Scale Colors inks. Nozzle sizes from 0.2 mm to 0.4 mm are best for painting larger areas, as they allow a greater volume of paint flow over a wider spray pattern. This will give you much faster and more uniform coverage over large areas of car bodies.
Can I order custom inks that are not listed on the Fire Scale Colors website?
YEA. Please fill out our custom color request form here. We will contact you with a response to your request.
What colors can they develop?
We can develop almost all those developed for the 1/1 scale in the case of FSC or FCM references.
Is the color accurate to the original color?
The colors are produced based on a database that contains thousands of color codes used by all automotive manufacturers in the world and that guarantees a perfect reproduction of the original color. We are a family owned and operated business.
Is Fire Scale Colors sold in other stores?
No. Fire Scale Colors inks are not sold for resale, we sell directly to our end customers.
Do we ship worldwide?
YEA. We ship to most countries worldwide.