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Xtreme Metals
Xtreme Metals
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction
With pretty much every paint company producing a range of metal paints, and having pretty much always used Alclad II paints for metal finishes, I wasn't really on the lookout for an alternative at a local show I attended, but whilst looking for a tyre black paint I spotted AK's Extreme metal range of paints. Talking too the vendor, he told me "they are enamels, spray straight from the pot, and most importantly don't smell as bad as Alclad", which is a bonus as I am forever getting told off by the Better Half whenever I use it, as "it stinks the flat out" lol.
So as the vendor, M.A.N models, was doing a deal of 5 pots for 20 I took the plunge.

Extreme Metals
Each paint is in a 30ml screw lidded pot, and available in 22 different colours.
The pigments look to be very fine and the range of metals is thinned for use straight from the pot to the airbrush.
Colours available -
  • AK-472 Gold
  • AK-473 Copper
  • Ak-474 Bronze
  • AK-475 Brass
  • AK-476 Steel
  • AK-477 Chrome
  • AK-478 White Aluminium
  • AK-479 Aluminium
  • AK-480 Dark Aluminium
  • AK-481 Polished Aluminium
  • AK-482 Dural Aluminium
  • AK-483 Gun Metal
  • AK-484 Burnt Metal
  • AK-485 Pale Burnt Metal
  • AK-486 Jet Exhaust
  • AK-487 Metallic Blue
  • AK-488 Matte Aluminium
  • AK-669 Titanium
  • AK670 Stainless Steel
  • AK-671 Metallic Smoke
  • AK-672 Pale Brass
  • AK-674 Metallic Purple

Five other items are available in this range -
  • AK-470 Extreme Metal Cleaner
  • AK-471 Black Base
  • AK-757 Black primer and microfiller
  • AK-758 Grey primer and microfiller
  • AK-759 White primer and microfiller

Test spray
So on with the test spray.
Don't ask what pressure I spray at as I couldn't tell you as the dial is knackered on my compressor lol.
I primed a wing of a recent OOB build of a Bf 109 with some Vallejo black primer, mainly for the polished aluminium, as AK do state it works better over a black base. I masked a small section off so I could get some nice straight lines and have a good demarcation for each colour of paint i had. It would also serve as a test bed for masking the Extreme metal paints.
I shook the bottle then decanted a little of the first paint, AK-479 Aluminium into the airbrush, pressed the trigger and 2 seconds later the area was sprayed with a nice even coverage. A few thin layers build up the metal effect well and stops swamping the area with paint.
As with all NMF finishes the paint does show any discrepancies on the model, as you can see dust marks in the first area that I sprayed.
This stuff sprays beautifully, and is a lot user friendly then Alclad which on occasions does clog my airbrush up, no doubt due to the pigment size.
AK's do seem to be a lot smaller, thus stopping my airbrush from clogging.
I left the paint to dry for about 30 minutes, then masked the section of using Tamiya tape, and proceeded to spray the next colour.
Ripping the masking tape off, I was expecting a little loss of paint, but not one part came off. In fact the tape pulled part of the primer off lol.
The Polished Aluminium does dry quite shiny, but additional polishing with some cotton wool will bring the shine up even more.
Each paint was sprayed and masked with very little drama, and the airbrush was run through with some airbrush cleaner after every colour, until it ran clear, which didn't take long, as it cleans up as easily as it sprays.
I tested spraying and masking on another model without priming first and there was still no trouble with paint pulling off, nor was there any reaction to a non primed surface.
The metals sprayed over a black basecoat are a little darker, but not too much.
Each colour can be polished with some cotton wool to give it more of a shine.
AK do state that no barrier coat needs to be applied for weathering and washes afterwards, but a gloss or matt coat can be applied if you wish.

Conclusion
Having now used these paints, I am sold, and they will be my first call for metal finishes on future builds.
AK are onto a winner with these paints, as they are so easy to use.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
SUMMARY
Highs: Easy to spray, and clean up.
Lows: none really
Verdict: If you need to spray and metal effect then you cant go far wrong with these paints from AK.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: 4.20
  Related Link: Xtreme Metals
  PUBLISHED: Jun 06, 2016
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.28%

About Andy Brazier (betheyn)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

Copyright 2017 text by Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

I appreciate that they look pretty in controlled lighting situations. Could you take some pictures of that wing in various conditions outside like bright sun and cloudy. I'd appreciate it greatly. Thanks, Gaz
JUN 06, 2016 - 11:17 AM
I have used Alclad paints in the past and agree they're smelly. I understand that these are easier to use but it would interesting to know your view on the colours. The dark aluminium and pale burnt metal just don't look right. cheers Michael
JUN 06, 2016 - 12:36 PM
Hi, The pics in the review were taken with only my desktop lamp on, so it wasn't a full lighting setup. Here is a pic of the wing in natural light on a cloudy day. Hi, The dark aluminium looks pretty good to me, but the pale burnt metal is a little too pale compared to the Alclad offering, but it does have a slight orange/yellow tint to it. The Alclad is a more full burnt metal though. Used together should produce a nice and varied effect. Hope this all helps. Andy
JUN 07, 2016 - 07:40 PM
Andy, Thank you for taking the picture in non-electric light. Gaz
JUN 07, 2016 - 08:59 PM
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