Who are Zero Paints?
Zero Paints are a UK company setup by Steve Hemming in 2006 to enable the automotive modeller the option to paint their models with the correct shade of paint, instead of just red you can paint the model the exact shade e.g. Ferrari (red) Rosso Corsa 322 etc.
Where are Zero Paints?
In September 2010 we moved to our new mixing facility at :
Zero Paints, Unit 61, Basepoint Business Centre, Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, GLOS GL20 8SD. UK
The website can be found at www.zero-paints.com
What type of Paints are they?
The paints supplied are called "Basecoat Paints" which are a solvent based paint (similar to Cellulose but different) which dry with a matt finish and require clearcoating.
As they are solvent based they need to be applied over a suitable primer, they can be Solid, Metallic, Mica, Pearl or Candy colours
What colours can you match?
We can match almost any 1:1 production Car and Motorcycle since the late 1980 (some cases back to the late 1960's).
Historic race cars colours can be difficult to match, but with suitable photos and information we can do our best to help. Listed below are just a few of the mainstream automotive manufactures we can match.
How do I order paint which is not listed?
Firstly contact us to check we can mix your required colour, supplying as much information as possible. Then order 60ml Custom Mixing at the online store.
A Google Search can usually help with getting paint codes and names.
- Car / Motorcycle Manufacture - Honda (Required)
- Colour Name - New Imola Orange (Required)
- Mannufactures Colour Code - YR536P(Required) (Not PPG's Code)
- Model - S2000
- Year of Manufacture - 2003
How do you get the exact match?
The colours are mixed using a PC Driven CD-ROM Formulation Database which guarantees a perfect reproduction of the original colour; this database is constantly being updated with new formulas.
Do they need thinning?
All paint supplied are pre-thinned for Airbrush use, they are thinned to a consistency which is suitable for Airbrushes with nozzle sizes of 0.3mm upwards. Additional thinners are available if further thinning is required.
It is not recommended to over thin the paint, too much thinners and increase the chance of the paint becoming to HOT and affecting/eating the plastic below the primer. If unsure test first.
Is Primer needed?
YES, As the paints are solvent based it is necessary to primer the plastic/resin before applying the basecoat colour; this seals the plastic/resin and creates a key for the paint to adhere to.
Do I need to Clearcoat?
Therefore most General Automotive Lacquers should be Ok, but if in doubt do a test first.
YES, All basecoat colours dry Matt and REQUIRE Clearcoating.
The following Clearcoats have also been tested without any issues:
How many models can I paint with 1 x 60ml Bottle?
1 x 60ml jar of Paint will cover 2 or 3 1:24 Scale models depending on the colour, yellow needs more coats than blue or black, but you will always cover 1 off model with 60ml, if you are painting a 1:12 scale model car we recommend 2 x 60ml bought at the same time, ensuring they are from the same batch.
What should I use to clean my Airbrush?
You can use either Basecoat Thinners or Airbrush Cleaner, alternatively any thinners that contain Toluene should work, but it's best to test first.
Do you supply instructions?
Full colour instructions, can also be found online here.or/and on the www.zero-paints.com website, basic instructions are however on each jar
How do I strip Basecoat Paints from my model?
Paints can be stripped using Brake Fluid and/or Isopropyl Alcohol. But always test on a small area before appling to an important project.
Why are the paints supplied in Glass bottles?
The shelf life is vastly longer as the solvents do not escape through glass.
How long does the paint keep?
As the paint is supplied Pre-thinned, the thinners will evaporate over time, it should be fine for 12 months, if the thinners have evaporated you can add more basecoat thinners to bring the paint back to the original state.
Keeping the paint in a Cool, Dry Environment will greatly length it's life.
We also suggest only purchasing small quantities of paint at one time, rather that bulk buying and storing for long periods of time
|| NO PAINTS to BRAZIL :
It is with great regret that we can NO longer ship any Paints, Micro Set/Sol, Glues, or any type of solvents etc to Brazil, the parcels are simply returned to the UK, Marked Import Prohibited. Therefore making it pointless in sending and we could face prosecution.
Do you Ship Paints Overseas?
YES but please read the following carefully: It is the Purchasers responsibility to check with your local Postal Operator to confirm if any Zero Paints goods being purchased are classed as Prohibited Goods (Paints, Thinners, and Flammable Liquids etc) within your country. If you have purchased any item/s which is classed as Prohibited Goods and it is not delivered, removed from the box, we can NOT offer refunds. If the item/s is returned to Hiroboy.com for this reason, we will refund the value of the items returned minus any shipping/packing cost.
What happened to the Outer Boxes?
Due to increasing prices of all components used, We asked our customers what they wanted, and the overwhelming reply was to stop supplying the outer boxes. So that is what we have done (stop supplying the boxes and individual instructions per paint pot), thus keeping the prices down, this also means fast packing, cheaper shipping and being more environmentally friendly.
Can we buy Trade for our Shop/Store?
NO. Transportation of Paints and Hazardous Chemicals financially prohibits this to stores outside the UK.
But…… If YOU are prepared to pay for all Packing, shipping and paperwork involved with shipping of Hazardous products, please contact us for trade prices
What else does Zero Paints offer?
Zero paints also offer a range of Thinners, cleaners, primers, mixing beakers, transfer pipettes, mixing sticks, tack cloths and other paint related supplies