I would like to know a couple of things regarding all the paints. Firstly & specific to Humbrol paints.
I purchased a few tins around 5 years ago on special in a clearance sale, they were colours not usually associated with model railways but a good price & as it has turned out suitable colours for buildings. This past week I opened 3 tins for the first time, the first being excellent & for small work it brushed on well, it dried quick with no issues but the colour was totally yuck & painted over by another one out of the same batch, which also went on well & unlike the first tin, this one will get used again whereas the other one will not.
The 3rd tin was exactly as others have described it brushed well, but did not cover any of the primer colour, I tried it on a bit of styrene & the first time I have ever noticed a paint not giving a generally good cover even on styrene. On the styrene though it took around 48 hours to be touch dry, whereas the other painted area over primer took 5 days before it was touch dry. While the weather overnight has had a lot of dew, the days were generally sunny & quite warm, & while I usually expect a longer drying time in this sort of weather, never had anything like this happen before.
At the same time I also had some Revell tins also purchased at the same time, they went on well & dried overnight no issues what so ever. Making me consider the Revel brand in preference to Humbrol.
The other question in all of this & is off topic, so could be shifted to a new thread, is the question of who owns what brand?
With the recent announcement that Testors (IIRC) that they are dumping the Floquil/Poly Scale brands along with a couple of others to concentrate on the Testors label, I am wondering who actually owns what brands these days?
Associated with this last question is the availability of paints & who stocks what. While this may be hard, in many ways its a bit of a dogs breakfast trying to source paints these days, & making me think about whether or not going to some of the auto paint places to get them to make up tins, while there may be a fair bit of wastage, it may work out cheaper anyway as the price of the little tins/bottles of hobby paints is not cheap either.