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Does anyone wash their plastic and/or pewter miniatures in hot soapy water before priming? I've read this recommendation in a couple of prep tutorials, but I thought I'd just ask the LO community.
These days I'm not sure if they do it or not but I gave it up about 10 years ago. I think the modern processes and the modern primers are pretty good and I haven't been let down so far.
Still if I'm painting without primer I still sneak the models into the sink. Old habits and all that.
Oh - and I always wash resin kits.
Last edited by Vitae; January 10th, 2009 at 07:02. Reason: Forgot Resin
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I sometimes do it on units I am going to spend a lot of time on. Most of the time i dont bother. I'm not sure it makes much of a difference but I would say it is probably worth it on the metal figures.
Although, as logic would go, wouldn't the grease and oil from your handling and assembling the figures be more of a problem? I quite often wash my models after they've been put together, let them dry and then prime.
It cant be a bad thing and it doesn't take long so why not. Better safe than sorry later on.
I always wash minis, with vinegar though, not soap
I really should, especially for the metals (never worked with resin yet).
I'm just never bothered.
Last edited by CBrate; January 10th, 2009 at 07:48.
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I used to do it with all models, but I really don't think it makes a difference on the plastic models, and I haven't had a problem since I stopped washing them, however, like many have commented I think it makes a huge difference when it comes to metals and I would highly recomend washing them.
I actually worked in a plastic factory for a couple of years so I can tell you from experience that mould release chemicals are only used when there is a problem with the press, and it is generally good practice to scrap the first couple of mouldings out of the press after you have used it.
I sometimes do, sometimes don't. But the only ones I would both to wash would be the metal minis as they are more likely to be covered in the lubricant.
I do the washing thing with both plastic and metal. It seems to help but it's probably not absolutely essential if you don't have the time for it.
And yeah, actually half of it is to wash off the grease and salty snack debris from my hands during the assembly process. But I'm a particularly greasy mutant, others may not have as much of a problem with this.
Metals, by their nature, attact and hold in dust and other small particles that can loosen paint over time. I wash metals before doing anything with them.
Plastics, on the other hand, I don't bother with. GW has significantly improved the quality of their plastics over the years, and while the older plastics created problems sometimes if you didn't wash them off, I've yet to find any of that with anything newer than 2nd Ed 40k.