I can't speak with total authority to what they did on the original films, but I wouldn't put it past them to just buy cases of Floquil paint. Or maybe even contact the manufacturer and get larger cans/bottles of the stuff. They did do that for some model kit parts.Just a question... and forgive me StevenBills if this is getting off of your topic. But how does the studio approach painting larger models?
This question came to me regarding the colour of the Millennium Falcon and if Im correct Reefer white.
Now me, as a spraypainter, find the concept of buying bottles and bottles of reefer white to paint something the size of the 5ft falcon ludicrous. As something that size would easily chew 1ltr to a 1.5 ltrs of paint. But is this what would happen? Or would they purchase large amounts of colour matched paint?
But on the prequels, while we did buy model paint by the box load, we also used custom mixed automotive paints as well as water based paints.
In the intervening years, a lot of air quality and environmental restrictions had been put in place that lead to us trying a lot of different types of paint. Some worked great, some were awful.
For the large pyro models of the Naboo fighter, we did order up some custom auto paint that was color matched to Railbox Yellow.