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Product review – Montana Gold Spray Paint December 31, 2009

Posted by Deb Kosiba in Materials.
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Ok, maybe not so much a review as a gushing. I love Montana Gold and I’m going to tell you why.

At work we had been using whatever brands the designers happened to run across. Everything from your basic RustOleum or Krylon (of the two Krylon is better but harder to find) to short cans of Testors from hobby stores, to $1 cans of random brands picked up at Michaels.

Then one day one of our designers heard about Montana Cans brand spray paint. The first I had heard about it was the day I came in and the walls of the spray booth were covered in grafitti (there was paper on the walls). The designer had a rep from Montana Cans come in to do a demo of their product. The designer was was sold and so he started picking up their paint for his projects. Well, the stuff is so good that once I had a chance to use it I was sold too.

Some reasons why I love this spray paint

  • The paint goes down smooth and even, with no dripping. Almost like a sticky powder instead of a liquid paint.
  • It dries quickly and has no issues with multiple coats.
  • It is definitely a matte finish, the best you might get is a low gloss, so no fakey painted plastic look.
  • It is very hard to get buildup, which could be good or bad, depending on your usage.
  • It seems to stick to anything, I no longer scuff and prime when painting plastic parts.
  • And it doesn’t chip.

Colors!
Have I mentioned that their color selection is amazing? 182 colors, any subtle shade you might want. With Montana Gold, you are no longer stuck with the 8 most popular colors your hardware store decides to carry. They have a color chart on their web site, which is pretty close to reality, depending on your monitor. If you can pick out the colors in person, the color on the top of the can perfectly matches the color in the can.

One Problem
The only drawback I’ve noticed so far is if you need to do detail work with a small brush, you can’t do that thing where you unload some of the paint into a cup and then use it like a regular paint. It dries too fast and just gums up the paint brushes. I tried thinning it with various solvents but it curds up into unusable lumps. But seriously, that’s my only complaint.

To Cap It Off
When you buy your Montana Gold, you will need to consider spray caps. If you buy online they will often come with a “standard” cap which I believe is also called a “skinny cap beige”. It’s ok, but sometimes a little weak, depending on what you need. For broader coverage and heavier output, try out a “skinny cap 2” and a “fat cap pink” and see what works best for you. If you want to go wild, Montana has 17 different caps from “ultra skinny” to “ultra fat” and a “calligraphy” cap for filling large areas.

What does it cost?
Montana Gold is a little pricy, running around $8-$10 per can, and if you buy it online you will have to pay shipping on top of that. Yes, it’s a lot more than the generic stuff you can pick up at your big box home improvement store for $2.95, but it is totally worth it.

Obligatory Disclaimer
None of the links in this post are affiliate links. They did not send me free samples to use. This post is totally about me telling you about a product I use and love.

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