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Ok so here is my problem I have just finished painting this really hot female elf model I am really happy with the work I have done but the paint keeps coming off here ears.
so how do I stop this
I also have a vampire model I painted a few months ago and the paint keeps chipping from his black cape in this case I don’t care as much because I just paint a new coat of black but in the first case I did three different colours to work up to her skin tone
I hope this topic has not be done before I did have a look around but couldn’t find it
PS… 500th post woot
I think that some chipping (especially when you use your models a lot) is inevitable, but in my experience three factors can make it much worse... mold release on your model, bad primer, and bad sealant.
Mold release left on the mini after the casting process doesn't let the paint stick properly.
Before priming your models, I advise to give them a good wash using dish soap/degreaser, warm water, and an old toothbrush.
This is mandatory for resin models, but I do it on metal models as well... probably you don't have to do it on plastic, but it doesn't hurt either.
Primer helps your paint stick well to the mini... bad primer (or even worse, regular spray paint) doesn't work as well, and heavy chipping will happen.
I never had problems with Citadel black primer, but I had problems with GW white primer in the past.
About sealant, clear coat protects you paint jobs well (but looks crap), while matte coat doesn't protect as well (but looks much better). Lots of painters use a coat or two of clear coat followed by one layer of Dullcote to remove the gloss.
Hope this helps!
there is a few thins you can do to make the paint stick a but better. The most known way is to use varnish after the model is painted.
Also it is a good thing to wash your model before you start to paint, some time rests from the making get tuck on the model, just use some sop and water to scrub it of. Also use a spray base cout, I find that this will make the paint stick better. Then its also good to use thin layers, thick layers tend to chip more then tin. There is also a difference between the plastic, metal and resin models.
Metal tend to chip more then plastic or resin, but if you use resin you really have to wash the model allot. The plastic is much softer then the metal so it don't chip as much.
In your case when the model is painted varnish may be the only way to keep if from chip, because the other things has to be don before the painting is finish.
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
I think Zentradi covered a lot of important ones.
As for now, if the paint is just shearing off without much force or just by touch, it may be because when you were handling the model some oil from your hands got on the metal and creates a layer of oil between your model and the paint layer. You can try washing it very carefully with a touch of soap to remove the oil, let it dry and repaint it.
What are you using to undercoat the model? People usually use primer for this because it sticks well to bare metal and gives your paint something to adhere to. If the problem is not your undercoat then maybe it is your paints. From what I understand, your paints and undercoat are flaking off as soon as it dries.
Yes you pretty much have the situation down while the paint is behaving its self in some areas in other it will not stay on log enough for me to really do anything I used chaos black spray and am using gw paints.
it’s the tips of the ears that I am having the most problem with which really where you notice something like this
I've found Krylon's Sandable Painter's Touch primer to work absolute wonders for applying paint to metal models. It comes in colors, also. However I tend to stick with just the grey.
Also for finish protector, I found a small can of Testor's dull coat, spray. Now this stuff is expensive, but its worth a shot especially on model's you are really fond of.