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I'm currently slowly painting up a 40K demonlord using GW paints. Every time I come back to it, after a day or a couple of days, I notice tiny patches of bright metal where the paint has chipped or flaked off. Most of these are on pointy bits and I had been assuming they were from careless handling, but some are in less accessible places, so now I'm led to wondering.
It's getting annoying. Has anybody experienced similar to this? Can anybody suggest a cause, or better yet, a cure?
If it's relevant, after careful cleaning (this is a recycled figure so I had to strip it back and then clean it off before restarting) I undercoated the fig with spray white and have built its main skin colour up from a mix of spacewolves grey and elf flesh to white with a small amount of ink to add colour to the shadows. It's the top, white areas that show the most chipping/flaking.
Ok dont just use white spray paint it needs to be a primer. To fix this u will probably have to do a little sanding or filing (fileing ?) that will help the paint stick because the surface of the metal will not be smooth.
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Yes - definitely make sure that you are using a primer and not just paint for the base coat. Aside from that - if you paints are too thin then handling even while painting will cause it to rub off. You could spray a varnish sealer after each paint session to help protect the paint. The varnish should be easily painted over. I usually do this quite often.
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Wash your models before priming them. Even some soap and warm water will do.
Thanks for these responses.
So the white spray paint is not actually a primer? I got the strong impression from GW painting how-tos that it was supposed to be one.
The can will say primer if it is. GW had both Chaos Black spray paint, and spray Black Primer the last time I went in. They are not the same thing.
Double check your label: it should state "White Primer" near the bottom (at least in the US). Not sure if Citadel actually makes a non-primer white... maybe they do, but I've only ever seen the white as a primer.
If it's happening mostly on just the uppermost edges, that sounds to me like handling is rubbing it off. Assuming you've cleaned it with soap and water, sprayed it with actual primer, and it still happens, there's not much else it could be. To minimize handling, I always hot glue my figures to a 1.5" x 1.5" blocks of wood and paint them on that.
Give it a solid (but not heavy) coat of Testor's Dullcote when done painting -- stuff works like a dream for flat finishes.
Oh. You don't have a cat or a kid brother, do you?
Don't let your cat eat your minitarues. It's expensive and painful. For both parites.Originally Posted by E-Arkham
Yeah, I assumed it was handling to start with, but the gleams of metal are showing up on bits that do not seem to be particularly exposed as well. I did clean with soap and water after the bits came out of the stripping process, since I had some previous frustration with paint on uncleaned surfaces!
I'll check I've got spray primer and not just paint - thanks.
And no kid brothers or tabletop cats!
high humidity can also cause the paint to flake away. Make sure when you do paint its on a clear no humid day as the moisture gets in.