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Water-based Or Solvent?

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A majority of builders use water based paint. A minority use airbrush lacquers (not auto paint). Each has advantages and disadvantages. Lacquers make very nice, vibrant colors and are consistent to spray but they require breathing protection against organic solvents, an ingition-proof ventilation system, and solvents to clean equipment. Few hobby builders want the extra expense and trouble of that. Just as in the auto painting industry and probably because of it (helped along by our friendly EPA), water based paints are rapidly improving in quality and results. They clean up with detergent and water and are much less toxic (but not non-toxic). Lacquer and acrylic paint cost are usually equal.

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