We pretty much all know about the release agent found on TFs out of the box, and that if you want your paintwork to properly adhere to your figure, your best bet is to give it a good clean first. Well, I'm a lazy git, and pretty impatient to boot, so I can rarely be bothered to disassemble a fig, wash all the parts in soapy water, then wait for them to dry before I can even start painting. But I've recently discovered a handy de-greasing agent that I've not seen mentioned before, and that most of us probably already have at home. Waterless hand cleaner. I just brush it onto the figure roughly with an old paintbrush, and leave it for a little while to dry (or wipe it off with a bit of tissue if I'm really impatient ). It's alcohol-based, so it cuts through the grease in the release agent, and evaporates really quickly with barely a trace, so your first coat of paint should adhere that much better.