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ok guys... you always answer all of my other problems, i've been painting my drop pod and even through multiple coats i keep having brush strokes showing up in the paint. i always thin the paint down, i've gotten into the habit of adding extender and retarder into the mix just to save on paint drying in the wells of my pallet. Could that be my problem? any other ideas? i've tried adding more paint to the mix to see if that helps as well.
at playing length(length of my arm) it's not that noticable but if you get much closer than that it beomes evident very quickly.
thanks in advance guys.
ps. i really need to update my WiP thread i'm about to be off for a week look for it to be updated during that time.
i'm determined to screw up painting till i get it right...
One thing I hear is that the larger the surface to be painted, the thinner the paint consistency needs to be, and that the paint should have the consistency of milk, or less.
What colour(s) are you using and how large a brush are you applying it with? Sometimes a big flat brush should cut out brush strokes...sometimes. Also some of the colours in the range have different characteristics, annoyingly.
I don't use extender and retarder fluids, just good ol' water for me So it might be worth trying it with
extra watered down paint.
Hope what I've typed is understandable
I had the exact same problem with my 'pod. Originally it was really bad, so I used a double coat of foundation. That massively reduced them, but didn't remove them entirely so I made sure all the strokes were going up the model - voila, it's now got re-entry scorch marks
It's the same as if you're painting a door.
Paint in alternating directions in a cross pattern with thinner and thinner paint as you go through layers.
i usually do like this:
1. basecoat, all strokes in one direction (as in, left to right ), slightly watered down (if at all).
2. "fill"-coat, all strokes in the other direction (up to down) a hint more water in this one.
If you managed to do it correctly the object should be completely basecoated with just a hint of ripples and lines in the surface, if any at all.
3. Top-coats .. water down the previous mix a bit more, not too much, not too little, just enough so that it'll settle in the lines of the previous coat without building a new layer.
Repeat the top-coats until smooth, still alternating directions all the way through.
you can skip the #3 if you use some medium in #2, but this way is prone to build-up and loss of detail.
make sure all layers are completely dry before applying another.