- Primers such as Tamiya's Fine Surface Primer (available in Gray and White) improves the part's cohesion with the paint. Priming parts is not required since the paint would still stick to the part, but priming gives extra "strength" to the paint.
- Sanding the part prior to priming is critical though for best results.
- Base Coats allows you to change the saturation (shade). See the photos below:
|Tamiya TS Racing Blue with different Base Coats (Left to Right): TS Silver Leaf, TS Gun Metal and TS Black|
However, I have a can of TS Blue and TS Brilliant Blue and decided to try them out, here's the results:
As far as I can see, non-Metallic Colors like the Blue and Brilliant Blue did not change regardless what Base Coat I used, where as the Racing Blue's saturation changed drastically as the Base Coat got darker. In short, Metallic Colors gets the most benefit out of Base Coats.
Still didn't find the perfect blue for my kit but I would try other Tamiya Blue paints such as:
- French Blue
- Metallic Blue
- Light Blue
- Mica Blue
- Telefonica Blue
- Deep Metallic Blue
- Light Metal Blue