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I've recently been enlightened to the reality that I don't work hard enough to get the mould release agent off, especially metal models. What's the best way to do this? I read recently that a fine grain sandpaper works, but I fear I'll scratch the models up, and I can't help thinking there's a better way. Would soaking in Simple Green help? Is there another way?
A good wash and clean (as you would for a resin model) is all you need, unless you are feeling particulaly paranoid.
Warm, soapy water, and a scrub with a coarse brush is more than enough.
I generally don't bother, unless the release agent is particulaly obviously still apparent.
Up to you though.
I know some people take it to extremes, generally among the hugely developed painting elite, but I have yet to get there...
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A few scratches won't hurt the model (filing pretty much has the same effect). A textured surface might even help the paint stick better.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
Can't say I've ever been let down by dish soap and a toothbrush.
If you are paranoid; the real important thing is to do absolutely everything right up until you're ready to put glue on first. When they're dry from washing, wash your hands again before handling and glue then prime ASAP. Grease and grime from handling them after munching chips or something is as bad as the powder they put on the molds if not worse.
edit: of course, if you listen to me, you would be taking advice from a stooge who just let a big glob of foundation paint dry in his brush while writing posts on a forum. God Bless B&J Brush Cleaner.