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Is sprying the sprues before you put the models together a good idea???
I have heard a fair number of people do it. My concerns would be the ease of cleaning flash, after spraying - the ease of getting them off the sprue without damaging the paintjob, and of course if you spray over the areas that are to be glued together I would be concerned about getting a good solid bond. But other than those obstacles I don't see a big issue.Originally posted by bloodletter51@Feb 16 2005, 10:34
Is sprying the sprues before you put the models together a good idea???[snapback]331316[/snapback]
If you want a cleaner figure and are still intent on spraying you might want to clip and clean the parts and then spray them.
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I prime, basecoat, and sometimes even put my first wash on parts that are still on the sprue. This saves me loads of time especially when you're painting en masse (like 'nids). You need to clean the flash before you start spraying and have to be careful with you knife so you don't nick your paint but IMO it's worth it. Glue-bonding has never been an issue in my experience. After you glue it all together then you start the real painting but doing the "prep" painting on the sprue makes sense to me.
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On the whole its bad as it makes cleaning flash harder.
Generally I sould say take the parts for one unit off the spru, clean them up, then spray them. Then I paint the main body, and then glue and paint each of the other bits one by one.
Well, it wouldn't be too hard to partly assemble them, leaving off things like arms that block some parts you are painting, and then spray all the parts that way.