How to Paint Plastic Models With a Brush

Updated February 21, 2017

Plastic models come in many different types, depending on the hobby in which you are involved. Model aeroplanes, helicopters and soldiers are among the types of plastic models that people like to collect. Half of the fun in collecting plastic models is assembling and painting them. Painting the models is easy if you know which kind of paint to use and how to protect your paint job from damage once you are finished.

Lay out the plastic model you wish to paint on a sheet of newspaper.

Apply your base colour, or the colour that will be the most prominent on the plastic model, with a paintbrush of the appropriate size. Flat-headed paintbrushes are great for covering larger areas. As far as which type of paint to choose, acrylic hobby paint is a safe bet because it goes on smooth and offers great coverage that won't often need a second coat. Allow the paint to dry.

Fill in other areas with the colours of your choice, including small details, with a small pointed artist's brush.

Shake a can of clear acrylic spray finish well and hold it six inches away from the model. Spray the model with an even coat of the finish and allow to dry.


For best results, assemble the plastic model completely before painting it.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Hobby acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes in various sizes
  • Clear acrylic spray finish
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