Best Putty for typical Seams

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Joined: May 5th, 2019, 8:45 pm

May 18th, 2020, 4:52 pm

I know this is a perennial question, so I'm sorry!

I've been using Tamiya White Putty and I like the consistency. But it dries quicker than Id like.

I'd like a putty that doesn't dry so soon, and can be smoothed with a q tip and either water or thinner - water preferrably.

Is perfect plastic putty the one for me?

Better idea?
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Joined: April 3rd, 2019, 1:43 pm
Location: West Virginia, USA

May 20th, 2020, 1:48 am

Well, TBH it depends.

Water based/acrylic putties do dry slower because water evaporates slower than the solvents in Tamiya, Bondo, Squadron etc.

Perfect Plastic Putty and Vallejo Putty are good choices. I've taken to using Liquitex Modeling Paste as well. Link below to a good article on that. They're all pretty much the same. Thick acrylic medium with marble dust. ... gridlines/

But, in my experience they're still not quite as good as Tamiya or Bondo for the top most layers of seam work. They aren't quite as smooth and can tend to flake or scratch more easily, especially if put on very thin. Perfect Plastic Putty can also dry in the tube if you aren't diligent about keeping the cap and threads clean.

Apoxie Sculpt is another choice. You have a decent working time, it can be softened with a little water and is easier to sand than straight epoxy putties like Milliput. Does take about 24 hours to cure though.

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