How to paint a plastic containers for chemicals (E-053)

  • Name: Plastic containers for chemicals
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Item used: E-053
  • Author: Stefan Frankiewicz

Step 0 — Reality

As you can see in the picture, in real life you can clearly see the level of liquid poured in.

Step 1 — Priming

First, paint the container with white primer or paint… of course, if the container is to be white. We can also use a different color, but the simulation of the fluid level may not be so clearly visible anymore and this has to be taken into account.

Step 2 — Filling with fluid

Mask the part of the container with masking tape and paint the “level” of the liquid in the container in a dark colour.

Try not to create a fault on the line between the tape and the dark paint, which will destroy the whole effect. The layer of dark paint must be quite thin and it is best to apply it with an airbrush diagonally “from above” from the side of the masking tape.

Step 3 — Finishing touches

After the paint has dried up and the masking has been removed, paint it all with a mixture of white (or light cream paint) and transparent varnish. The proportion should be about 60% of the paint and 40% of the paint.

Such a mixture is translucent and that is what it is all about. Additionally, during painting, we have control over the effect depending on how thick the semi-transparent layer is applied to the container.

It is also possible to paint the “level” of a liquid at a certain angle if the container is standing or is suspended “crooked”. This will appear extremely realistic.