Water Base Colors
Water Base Colors

Water Base Colors

Color model scale acrylic water-based paint Fire Scale Modeler is the 5th generation water-based paint system that respects the strict environmental legislation imposed by the European Union.

The advantages are immediate in terms of toxicity, smells, cleaning materials.

What kind of paints are Fire Scale Colors Water Base?

Fire Scale Colors Water Based Paints are water based, prediluted for use in airbrushes only.

Our inks have a longer drying time, no fading and excellent coverage, making them very easy to work with.

Fire Scale Colors water-based paints come in three types: solid, metallic and pearlescent colors.

Solid inks do not have shimmering effects like metallic and pearlescent colors.

Metallic inks contain aluminum flakes to create a shiny effect.

Fire Scale Colors uses the smallest flakes of metal available in the industry to create the perfect paint solution for small scale model cars.

Water-based acrylic paints have a very thin thickness and, therefore, you will never run the risk of losing the details of your works.

Do they need to be diluted?

NO. The inks are pre-diluted for airbrush use, so you don't need to dilute our inks. They are thinned to a consistency perfect for airbrushing.

Do the paints smell?

The water-based colors do not have an odor, being water-based acrylics, but you must wear a mask.

Should I use a water-based paint primer?

YES, absolutely! Paints work best with a primer that seals the plastic and creates a surface for the paint to adhere to. Our micro filler primer is perfect for plastic, resin and metal. For professional results, always use a primer in your sized kits.

Can I use mechanized forced air?

Be careful when using forced air (dryer), always use cold air and never hot air. Many people think that a color can be dried with hot air because heat accelerates the evaporation of water. Well, that's not the case.

Hot air just dries the color film on the surface, but what's underneath will be wet and full of water that can't evaporate because there's a rigid film blocking it.

That's why watercolors should always be dried by blowing air diagonally across the base and with cold air or at least room temperature. Only then will the air force the evaporation of water from the paint substrate.

It is always necessary to apply varnish?

YES. Our colors don't hold fast like solvent colors and so you always need a top coat to make them manageable. So, at the end of each job or if we deem it necessary at the end of applying a color, we can apply the varnish to fix the color and continue our work, but if you want to polish the model as a finish, we recommend using a 2K varnish.

Are there precautions with humidity and temperature in the application?

Water-based colors compared to solvent-based colors are more delicate and slower-moving products.

So don't expect them to dry as quickly in the winter as solvent-based paints do.

If the humidity is high, then this is not a real problem. The real problem is only if you have a very low temperature.

How many models can I paint?

With a 30ml unit, you are guaranteed to paint two models in 1/24 scale, applying 3 to 4 coats of color in total.

How can I clean my airbrush after using paints?

You can use our water-based paint cleaner, but if you don't have our water-based paint cleaner, you can adjust with tap water. Other additives can be used although they are not recognized by us, but we leave it to the modeller's discretion.

Are the paints supplied with instructions?

Yes, we always send the instructions together with the colors, in case of doubts or clarifications, you can contact us via email info@firescalemodeler.com.

Is it possible to remove paintings from my model?

Yes ! Inks can be removed with isopropyl alcohol without damaging the model's plastic body.

Simply submerge the model's body in a small container of alcohol and leave it there for a few hours.

The paint will separate from the plastic. Be sure to completely clean and dry the model before painting it again.

Do Fire Scale Colors water-based paints have an expiration date?

NO. However, ink can evaporate over time, so be sure to keep the ink bottle tightly closed at all times. Replace bottle cap immediately when not in use. Keep ink in a cool, dry place.

Compatibility with other colors from other brands?

The colors of Fire Scale Modelers are on average compatible with all the colors on the market, obviously and as always we do not know the colors of other brands and therefore our opinions are only theoretical, we recommend applying the colors carefully and testing them on a piece . part of the model, only then can we be more or less sure that nothing will happen.

What air pressure (Bar) is recommended for spraying Fire Scale Colors water-based paints?

The commonly recommended air pressure (bar) for a gravity feed airbrush is between 1 bar and 2.5 bar, depending on the viscosity of the paint being sprayed.
Fire Scale Colors paints are pre-diluted for optimal airbrush use, but using the correct bar setting is key to achieving a perfectly smooth, even finish.
We recommend using low air pressure, between 1.5 to 2 bar, when spraying Fire Scale Colors paints.
The aim is to spray thin layers creating the desired color density. Never spray “wet” as this wastes paint and can create paint flakes.
Remember, paint should not fix or “remove” imperfections on the plastic surface of your scale model.

What size airbrush nozzle is recommended for spraying Fire Scale Colors water-based paints?

The nozzle, also known as the tip, and the size of the airbrush needle determine how much paint can be sprayed through it.
Sizes generally range from 0.10 mm to 1.5 mm. We recommend a nozzle of at least 0.2mm to 0.4mm for good even spray coverage when spraying scale model bodies with Fire Scale Colors paints.
Nozzle sizes from 0.15mm to 0.4mm are best for painting larger areas as they allow for a greater volume of paint flow in a wider spray pattern.
This will give you much faster and more even coverage over large body areas.

Can I order custom paints that are not listed on the Fire Scale Colors Water Base website?

YES. 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 designs to 1/1 scale.

Is the color exactly the original color?

Colors are produced based on a database containing thousands of color codes used by all car manufacturers in the world and which guarantee a perfect reproduction of the original color.

Are Fire Scale Colors sold in other stores?

Fire Scale Colors paints are available from other stores, ask at your favorite store.

Do we ship worldwide?

. We ship to most countries around the world.

Health and safety notes:

Always work in a well-ventilated area and always wear a mask, keep away from children and tighten cap for safety and product conditioning after each use.

It is highly recommended to use personal protective equipment, such as a suitable mask during application, to avoid respiratory, skin and eye irritation.


- Avoid contact with skin and eyes.

- In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and consult a doctor.

- Wear suitable gloves.

- Use in a well-ventilated area.

- Keep out of the reach of children.

- In case of intoxication contact 112

For exclusive use and sale to modelers of legal age (18 years old)
We suggest one method, but it is not mandatory and the technique may vary depending on your experience: