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Cleaning & priming resin figures
ivanhoe6
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013 - 02:50 AM UTC
I'm about to start a couple of 1/35th & a 1/16th Alpine figures. The mold release agent seems to be different than plastic. What do you recommend for cleaning? Also, I use Humbrol paints for my figures. What would be a good primer?
Thanks in advance and have a good weekend all !
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013 - 03:28 AM UTC
Dish soap, such as Dawn, should suffice to clean these. Any primer you choose will work. I'm currently using Model Master white, though I've also used gray. My experience with hardware store big cans of primer has not been good as my Vallejo paint doesn't like to adhere to it, but your enamels might not have this issue.
endrju007
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Wojewodztwo Podkarpackie, Poland
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013 - 04:33 AM UTC
As Al said - any dish soap will do for cleaning.
Humbrols will stick to anything but some hardware primers have quite big grain and may destroy smaller details.
I use grey Vallejo primer and I honestly can recommend it.
Biggles2
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 01:53 AM UTC
I use Tamiya white colored primer. It reflects back color better than gray primer. Tamiya primer is fine grain, has a very fine spray, and shrinks as it dries so it really snugs down around raised details.
ivanhoe6
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 01:23 PM UTC
Thank you all for your replies ! On past Dragon figures I've used Rustoleum Flat White as my base coat and had to wait a long time for the base coat to cure as the Humbrol paint would soften it up if I tried anything less than a week. Yes, it is a grainy primer but I kinda like the "tooth" of it.
Biggles, Tamiya's primer is acrylic ? How do you think that Humbrol enamel would work over that surface?
Thanks again everyone !
Tom
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2013 - 02:48 AM UTC
Tamiya primer is lacquer and dries fairly quickly. You can use oils or acrylics on it. With styrene figs such as Dragon, a primer is not really necessary if you use acrylics or enamels, and if you don't have any resin or metal additional parts. My general rule is: if a primer is not necessary, don't use it as it only gives another layer of paint on details.