Tamiya acrylic paints are made of water-soluble acrylic resin. They can be applied with a brush or a spray gun. The XF reference paints have a matt finish and the X reference paints have a glossy finish.
Tamiya color chart and its conversion chart
Tips for using Tamiya paints
Preparation to do before applying the paint
The parts of a model must be cleaned before applying the paint. This can be done using a suitable cleaning product, but you can also sand the parts or apply a primer. The best solution is to apply a primer as this will provide better adhesion to the paint layers you will apply later. If there are any bumps or imperfections of any kind after cleaning with the special cleaner or after priming, you can use a fine-grit sandpaper (2000 grit or above) to remove them. Note that the etchings will remain visible after priming with a spray gun.
Before purchasing the paints, determine whether you will be painting with a brush or an airbrush. Also, determine the colors you want to apply to your model and whether you want a matt or gloss finish. Also, think about the primers you will use. By doing this, you won’t forget anything and you won’t make unnecessary purchases.
Be aware that paints take varying amounts of time to dry. Do not touch the pieces you have just painted, you will leave traces that should be removed by sanding. Also, don’t try to apply a new coat of paint until the previous coat is completely dry.
It’s better to do several thin coats than to try to do fewer but thicker coats. Trying to do thicker coats greatly increases the risk of drips, which will have to be removed.
The quality of your work will be greatly improved if you have the right equipment: brushes of different sizes, airbrushes, adhesive stencils, sandpaper of varying thicknesses, etc.