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I finished painting three metal Zoanthropes, and although I'm not really that good at painting I was very happy with the results. While playing with them, I noticed that the tips of their head crests kept getting chipped probably due to being knocked over and landing on their faces. I went and glued a bunch of weights onto the underbelly of their base, to help stabalize them and I sealed the paint job with Krylon matte finish, following the instructions on the spray can. Well, they still keep chipping. I touched them up again, and sealed them even more. Still chipping. So, I guess I have a few questions.
1) is there anything I can do more then using the Krylon sealer to help protect these metal figures?
2) I have been just repaitning the little chips that have occured by painting straight onto the metal, since I obviously cant base coat them again with spray primer. Is there a better or more effective way of repairing chips?
3) is it possible I messed up in the painting process, making them more vulnerable to chips? I primed them with black primer from Citadel and used citadel paints exculsively.
I don't think there really is much more to do to your miniatures to protect them from chipping, besides priming and varnishing. Paints are bound and dried pigments, after all. Not that hardy. Only advice I can really give to you is to be as careful as possible with the miniatures.
One thing you can try is to brush on some glos varnish over the areas that you have repainted and seem to wear the most. Once this is dry you can try to varnish again with the krylon matte varnish. This will kill a lot of the "shine" from the gloss varnish.
I would probably recommend doing several coats of the gloss varnish followed by the matte varnish.
ya i have the same problem on my medal eldar rangers, tips of the cloaks and guns keep chipping.
try some gloss spray or matte spray
I would recommend a gloss brush on rather than spray. It is a bit thicker and as such would hopefully be more resilliant to handling...
I highly recommend the advice of the previous posters, with the double varnish attack. However, there's the possibility the metal models were not wash properly, so there is still some residue from the molding process that is preventing the paint from sticking, however that is doubtful.
Either way, for future metal models, make sure you wash them with warm soapy water followed by a wash and air dry
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Thedeadmonkey is dead on, you can be sure it's because of the greasiness of the metal that the primer didn't stick as it should and is easily chipped of. Varnish coats might help prevent it but it'll be like a a hard shell covering a greasy under-layer, any sufficient pressure will 'shift' the paint shell over the greasy metal and still chip, albeit less easily as without the varnish coats.
well your going to hate me for this one but i think youll need to strip them and start fresh. give them a very good coat of primer and good coat of base. i give all my models a total of 3 to 4 base coats without primer. about 2-3 with primer. then detail them. then 4 to 5 light coats of matte spray. it should work. i had that problem one time with a tank and thats how i fixed it.
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I would chalk this up to experience and look for solutions to these kinds of problems going forward. Unfortunately it is hard to tell the reasoning why this is happening. It could be mold release agents, it could be a priming issue. Perhaps the brand of primer, could be a wear and tear thing. Could be paint is too thin, or brand of paint, really it could be quite a number of things...
What the varnish will do is create a stronger barrier at the point of the model where it is being handled the most. Is it perfect? Probably not - but it is a good viable option that is quick and easy to do and should give the model the protection it needs to keep the paint on. I would not recommend tossing it around or leaving it unprotected in a case with other metal figures but light handling should be just fine. Just make sure you brush on the varnish beyond where the paint started chipping...
I bought a gloss varnish from my local hobby store for use on my bigger tyranid models to prevent chipping. I gave them a thick coating and it kind of acts like a rubber protecting the paint, when i touch them i can feel the varnish but it dosent detract from the paint job. Yeh it gives the models a vivid shine, but i think, personaly, that tyranids can get away with this, after all, theyv just been birthed from mycetic spores so would have a load of slime covering them and making them look shiney anyway .
If you dont want the shine then yes of course use matt varnish over the top but make sure that the varnish coats are thick, dont use spray on stuff.
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