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Hey LO, I just had a couple of questions for you today. I was reading this article and noticed that he did a lot of extra work on his metal figure. Besides the normal mold line filing/flash cleaning and rinsing, he sanded it with a dremel and used a wire brush on it to make it shiny and smooth. Is this necessary? Will it yield better results when painting?
he is in essence cleaning the model from production dust and other things, he also is created a better surface for the paint to stick to, kinda like a wielder cuts into the corners so that more gets attached. cuz you create little grooves when you sand so the paint has more surface area to hold onto lol, if i helped then wonderful haha not the best at explaining
It seems a tad unneccessary to me but I am not an amazing painter.
Proper preparation is really important and I guess there is a slightly uneven surface from the box but there are much bigger things for me to improve before I start to clean minis with a dremmel.
I did see a video with Natalya Melnik where she smooths models with a very watered down green stuff to cover any defects in the casts. The smoother the surface the nicer coat of a paint you are going to get.
Last edited by Wench; December 28th, 2011 at 21:18.
I tend to spend about 2 - 3 hours prepping a model before priming.
First I remove any flash and mold lines
Then I use 600 grit sandpaper to ensure that the mold lines are smooth and flush with the surface of the model.
Then I wash the parts in distilled water with soap.
After that I dry fit the parts together noting any gaps.
Then go about pinning them together, using Green Stuff to fill in any gaps.
After the Green Stuff has cured I give it a final inspection looking for anything I might have missed.
Then I use a very fine steel wool lightly over the entire model until it has a nice shine.
Then I wash the model with soap again.
All of these steps are not totally necessary but I do them to ensure that there are no chemicals or dust left from production and to ensure that the primer will apply evenly with no loss of detail. This of course is for compitition level painting. For table top level painting you can get away with just removing mold lines and washing it with soap.
Last edited by Wench; December 28th, 2011 at 21:20.