Customs: Enamel paint still sticky

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  1. motunercustoms

    motunercustoms Banned

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    I usually use acrylic paints, but wanted to do some dry brushing and decided to try enamel. The figure I painted 4 days ago is still sticky to the touch. Can I use a heat lamp to speed up the drying process or should I just wait it out? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    What type of plastic is it?
     
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    motunercustoms Banned

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    I am not sure of the type of plastic. It is an Iron Man figure from the movie line.
     
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    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Is the plastic soft and flexible, almost like rubber? If so, use acrylics.
     
  5. David Hingtgen

    David Hingtgen Chromaticon

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    Yeah--if it's rubbery plastic and the paint's still not dry, it'll NEVER dry. (Well, I gave it about 18 months and it still rubbed off like it was painted 1 hour ago)
     
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    red00wolf insatiable collector

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    My first bashing attempt from years ago is Still sticky...never touched enamels again.
     
  7. big hank

    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    Yep, that type of plastic seems dislike enamels. Best advice I can give is:

    1. Thoroughly wash your figure in warm soapy water.

    2. (optional, but recommended) give a light sanding overall to the figure. Not to remove details, just to give the surface some "tooth" for the paint to bond to.

    3. For the more "nylon" feeling plastic figures, prime with and acrylic paint. You can try Krylon Fusion (it's made for plastic) for the primer, but I've found it doesn't work perfectly on all plastics (for sure 90% of them though).

    4. Have fun painting! Remember to allow full drying time! Although if it's not dry in 4 days, something needs to be looked at.

    5. Submit figure to Radicons so we can all enjoy it!:thumbs2: 
     
  8. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    IRON MAN... Yup, messed up one of those my self.

    If the plastic is soft, the enamels with never dry due to some weird chemical reaction. Like on the fallens hands, pointy tips, ect. Base with acrylics.

    I use enamels on the other hand for everything but the soft plastic.

    The Devastator I just 100% enamels and some liqueur. Not one bit of acrylics. Same with my Grimlock and Primes.
     
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    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    Drinking on the job again? :drunk  Now I know where your crazy ideas come from!:lol 
     
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    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    hahahaha... I am a horriable speller. Oh well. I guess a tjat lacquer gets to me some times.
     
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    fateastray AnakRepublikMalukuSelatan

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    Strangely, SOME Alternators repel enamels and some don't. I like enamels for durability (Or at least, I believe so), but acrylics go on anything and dry crazyfast.
     

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