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Any tips on how to paint metal models to make the paint stay on? After spraying on the undercoat, even when its dry the slightest knock chips the paint, then I can be working away and a small section of dried paint will just peel right off. And of course the problem of the paint chipping with the slightest knock doesn't go away either...
Its really hard to patch up the bits the undercoat missed, because the paint doesn't stick and just seems to roll off and act like an ink. Even if I don't water it down..
have you tried washing the model? i typically wash metal models before painting them, and i dont seem to have any issues
This is a valid point. The manufacture process involves a oily reagent poured on the moulds, to help the metal minis come apart from the mould when they have cooled and solidified.
So, a good wash with lukewarm water and a bit of detergent, rinse off, and dry. Also, try to wash your hands everytime you touch them, as bodily grease also repels paint
Washing is a good thing. Especially if the paint isn't sticking.
I would also check to make sure that the spray undercoat is actually primer - rather than regular paint. For instance if you are using one of GW's color cans - that is regular paint and not primer.
If you wash your miniatures and are definitely using primer you should be good to go.
OK as people have said, use primer
As people have also said, wash the model with some detergent, not only can lubricant from the casting be on there, but also your hands are covered in grease (natural oils) so once you washed them (warm soapy water) then handle as little as possible
That should stop pealing.
Chipping: varnish, mostly people prefer mat varnish as this stops them from being shiney toys, but matt varnish is not as tough as gloss varnish, so varnish the finished mini with gloss (ard coat) and tehn apply matt varnish over the top
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Alright cool, thanks for the responses. I'll start washing my metal models before beginning to paint them..
I do use a primer, chaos black is one isn't it? It chips off really easily..
Perhaps I'll wear disposable gloves when handling them to prevent greases, or is that overkill? Its kinda hard to avoid handling them when I'm doing extensive conversion work...
I only use the GW white primer and I don't use GW paint - but I am pretty sure that chaos black is their black color. Am I right? You might want to check with the store to make sure you got the right can for priming. You may just be using the regular paint. It should specifically say primer on it. I know the white does.Originally Posted by strewart
Yes the can should say chaos black spray primer in big black letters. Make sure its not the normal paint. They make that to because alot of people like spraying that right over thier prime coat.
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Primer is not just paint. It's has a special compound formulated so it sticks. After that the paint sticks to the primer.
If you're not bothered with primer, I find another one or two coats of very watered down paint will help stop the paint rubbing off.
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