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Mr Crystal Color


Today's post is all about the Mr Hobby line of paint called Mr Crystal Color. You might have noticed a jar of it in the last boxes that went out. It's a somewhat clear top coat color that adds a pearl effect. It shifts a lot with the light. This stuff is really cool, and I want to do a full project with it sometime soon. A few nights ago after packing all the boxes for the month I got the airbrush out and tried some out. I took a lot of photos and will walk you guys through what I found. 

 

 

I start off by getting my painting space ready. It's just my dining room table, but with some mats, and a spray booth venting out the nearby window. I use a game mat as a table cloth. 

I start off super optimistic that Im going to try ALL of the colors I have tonight. Turns out priming and painting 12 or so spoons takes a long time. I ended up priming 4.

 

I thin out some Mr Surfacer. Im not even 100% sure its supposed to be thinned. Also I have no idea how much stuff is supposed to be thinned. I just kind of thin till it feels right. It usually works. 

They don't change much once primed, but it does have a slight texture to it. It wasn't easy to capture on camera. I haven't used the Mr Surfacer enough to know if it's just how it is, or if I'm using it wrong. I might have my pressure too high. However this isn't a really careful review, just me trying it out, so I'm not super worried about getting it perfect. 

Over the primer I coat half the spoons with an off white, half with this Graphite black. It looks really cool in the dish. The crystal color coat comes out really different if sprayed over a dark or light color.

Once the base coat is on I start to use the Crystal coat. It looks really cool in the dish too. Still need to thin it out though, from the jar it's way to thick to airbrush. I decided to start out with the Moonstone Pearl and the Ruby Red. I'm probably going to use the Moonstone on a model car I'm currently working on.

Thinned out it's even cooler looking. It really does look pearl like. 

Initially theres not much of a difference. The black one looks a little more silver, and the white spoon looks a little more glossy.

I moved on to the next Crystal Color. The ruby one has a bit of a red tinge to it in the dish. That makes sense.

This one is so much easier to see right away than the white. The red shows up even in pictures, where the Moonstone white really only shows up when you move something through the light. 

These look really good in the light. From left to right
Moonstone on black, Ruby on black, Moonstone on white, Ruby on white.

Here's another couple shots in different light

Camera focused in on a Heroes posted in the background on this one. Anyone remember that show? I was super into it.

 

That's pretty much it. I really like it. I think that if used right it might look really awesome on a gundam kit. 

 

Here's a couple of bonus pictures from my clean up. 

 

First I tried to just scrub the trays out, then I remembered I have an ultrasonic bath I could put them in. That should work really well right? 

Oh yeah. Really going to be cleaned after this.

 

Nope. After a couple runs through the bath, it seemed to not only set the paint to being rock hard, but the thinner ate into the basket. Back to normal scrubbing from now on I guess. Lesson learned


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