June 23, 2016

TRENCH RUNNER REVIEW: Steven Lowenthal Takes a Look at Perfect Plastic Putty by Deluxe Materials

Since we first introduced Perfect Putty to the US market it has become one of our best selling products of all time along with Gator Glue. We feel that Perfect Plastic Putty is an essential addition to every modeler's bench. Below Trench Runner Steve Lowenthal gives us his take on it...

Perfect Plastic Putty Review
Whether it’s due to an errand tool or a poor fitting kit, one of the banes of model building is the clean-up and sanding associated with seem filling. Over the years, modelers have used many different methods and products to accomplish this, often time consuming, task. Commercial products such as solvent based putties and liquid fillers can be messy, odiferous and hard to use. A neater solution is using a water based putty. One of the more popular of these putties is Deluxe Materials’ Perfect Plastic Putty.

The putty is packaged in a 40ml plastic tube with a wide opening and a large flat cap. It also comes with a pointed dispenser you can attach for when you want to apply a thin line.

Perfect Plastic Putty has an extra fine grain, without an overly thick consistency. It also will not attack the plastic while applying it. You can use the included tip for fine line application but I feel you can waste too much of the product with it. Instead, you can purchase a syringe. (Deluxe Materials offers one AC08-Pin Point Syringes) With the syringe, you can better control the amount you use and still apply fine lines to fill gaps or even use it to lay welds on armor. I generally apply the putty a bit differently. Using small silicon shaping tips, normally used for sculpting, I can shape the putty and get it into tight areas. 

Clean-up is the best part of using a water based putty. I’ll use a lightly moistened Q-Tip to wipe the putty away, leaving it in the gap. Be careful you don’t overly wet the Q-Tip or you will remove all of the putty you just applied. If you prefer, you can use a moistened short bristled brush, once the putty has dried,  but this will require a little more work. Regardless of method, done properly, you will be left with a smooth surface that often will not need sanding. I’ve found that small gaps can usually be filled with a single application as this putty suffers little shrinkage after drying. However, larger gaps may experience noticeable  shrinkage, requiring additional applications.

An important attribute of a good filler is the ability to scribe through it without it crumbling. One of the reasons I use Perfect Plastic Putty is I’ve had little problems with scribing through it. Thinner applications are easier to scribe through. Going slowly and waiting for the putty to be thoroughly dry before scribing though larger applications is key. It’s not foolproof, but repairs have usually been minimal in my experience.

As well as Perfect Plastic Putty works, there has been a problem that unfortunately, has turned some people off the product. While it’s not universal, people are reporting they have experienced the putty drying in the tube fairly quickly.  Myself included. Discussing this situation with others, I’ve found people have been alleviating the problem by storing the putty standing up on its large wide cap. I’ve been doing that with my current tube and I have had no issue since I first opened it over six months ago. Deluxe Materials is aware of the issue and says it’s caused by the tube allowing air into it after use. In an effort to improve their product and respond to customer’s concerns, Deluxe is currently investigating new packaging that will keep air out of the tube, much like a tube of toothpaste. In the meantime, they suggest squeezing the air out of the tube prior to capping it.

Deluxe Material’s Perfect Plastic Putty is a favorite among many modelers because of its ease of use and limited shrinkage. If you haven’t tried it yet, you may want to next time you need putty. If the last time you used Perfect Plastic Putty and it dried out, I would recommend you give it another go and use the tips to keep it fresh. 

Steven Lowenthal 
DYK-Weld seems, rivets and tunic buttons can be easily created.  Find a suitable receptacle and mix some Perfect Putty with a small amount of water to a smooth paste. Fill a small syringe with the thinned putty and elect an appropriate tip. Apply the putty in a thin bead as required and once dry it can be filed for extra effects.

Create mud effects by simply mixing Perfect Putty with a small amount of acrylic paint and water.


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