Hi, I'm trying to get into kitbashing but currently I have jack Shit kitbashing Skills, I've read through the excellent tutorials you have here as well as what I've picked up from other sites and I think I've got at least a rough idea of what to do figured out. I don't expect to get to the level of you guys but as I'm only painting for myself as long as it's a passable job that's ok. Could you experts please skim through my rough painting guide below and see whatb you think please ? Any pointers where I'm well off the mark would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ! Draught Painting Guide 1)Look at figure and identify any tight spots that will need sanding. 2)Disassemble figure and keep track of screws. Remove any factory applied paint with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol 3) Sand tight points you’ve identified down with 1000 grit wet and dry paper so there’s a bit of clearance when you apply the paint 4)Lightly sand parts you wasn’t to paint down with 1000 grit wet and dry paper to give the primer something to grip onto 5)Wash everything in warm soapy water and rinse, then leave to dry 6)Connect parts to wire holder 7)Select appropriate primer for the finish you want, eg glossy primer and/or matt primer if you want a satin, semi glass or Matt finish. I’ve gone for Krylon Ultra Flat Black to make the paint job as durable as possible. It’s bloody expensive here in England but I don’t know whet the nearest UK equivalent is. 8)Put can of primer in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to thin it. 9)While spraying outside from approximately 15 inches away, start spraying primer on in strips, starting before the part and finishing spraying after the part. Spray primer on in very thin layers leaving appox 2 minutes between layers. 10)When finish spraying on primer, leave for 7 days to fully cure (8 or 9 if humid). I live in England which is notoriously wet and damp, so I’ll probably leave it for 9 11)When cured, reassemble and transform a few times, seeing if there’s any wear points you might have missed. If so sand a bit more and touch up with primer, leave to fully cure again. 12)Prior to painting, wash in warm soapy water to make sure you don’t leave on any skin oil that could mess up the paint. I’m using Humbrol Enamels as it’s the most readily available Enamel over here. 13)As with primer, start spraying in strips, starting before the model and stopping after it. Paint subsequent coats of enamel on when still tacky (eg an Hour say between coats). When finished the top coat, leave to cure for 10 days. 14)Do any panel lining you want with Indian ink (cam’t use thinned down black paint as surely the thinners in it would mess up the existing enamel ?) 15)Do drybrushing 16)Put on a thin lacquer based coat of paint to give it a really tough finsh) 17)Spray on a thin layer of Future finish to clear coat for protection. Provided you experts think the above is ok, this throws up a couple of questions : 1)I want to kitbash an Energon Ironhide into Ratchet, but a thing that’s been concerning me is how to paint balljoints. By the nature of how they work, one surface has got to be in contact with another, surely this would lead to the paint wearing out in no time ! Any tips ? 2)When you’ve got Pegs that need painting, for example the ones you press together to hold the legs together when you’re turning a classics seeker into plane mode, this throws up the same problem as the ball joints, is it just a case of sanding then down loads ?