Customs: Rookie Question: Am I doing this all right?

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  1. TheLastPrime

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    Okay so I have been doing model cars since I was young, but figures are brand new to me, reason they have been so hard is the moving parts! esp. Transforming them.

    Tell me if I am doing something wrong


    1.clean figure with soap

    2. lightly sand "rubb" points

    3. Primer (I use Tamiya White, is that good stuff? I hate using a can spray, do they have anything that can go in an airbrush?)

    4. Paint with Tamiya acrylics using air brush at 25psi (mixed 60% paint 40% Tamiya Thinner)


    5. now this is where I am stuck......Do I clear coat? they had some stuff at my hobby place but i hate spray can stuff, do I need a clear coat?


    And last my real Problem.........so far the paint has chipped/rubber off, why? didnt I do everything right? or is that clear coat a must!?


    Thank You, again sorry for the Rookie questions but I need help lol
     
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    You might try using spay can Krylon "Fusion" as a primer/base coat. It bonds very well to plastic. After that, all is good, use acrylics or enamels.

    As far as lightly sanding rub points, if they are joints, sand as much material off as you can. Rubbing paint on paint will only lead to trouble.

    And yes, you should use a clear coat. I use Tamiya dull coat, or gloss coat and it holds up pretty well. It acts as a paint sealent, and is also very rub resistant.
     
  3. TheLastPrime

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    Hmmm Really? so The Kylon Primer is better then the Tamiya Primer? the guy at the hobby store swore by the stuff........Does the Tamiya "clear coat" come in bottle form? like for an airbrush because they only sold spray can finish at the store

    And lastly what grit sandpaper?
     
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    I have had great luck with the Fusion, and not so great with Tamiya primer. When first experimenting, I tried scratching it off with my fingernail and couldn't. Just remember not to build it up to thick. The thinner the coat the better. Building up paint will make it prone to chipping.

    I dont think the clear coats come in bottle form, just can. Its a lacquer base.

    On the joints, after clearancing enough plastic away by any means necessary, (I sometimes use flies, dremels, etc...) finish it off with at least 400 grit. The key is clerance, not so much surface texture when preventing rubbage.
     
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    Here is a link to the sealer I use, It can be brushed or airbrushed on. Future I really love this stuff.
     
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    I wish Clear Coat came in a bottle....I hate spray cans
     
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    Homemade huh? How well does it work? better then store stuff?
     
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    read the thread I linked.
    That stuff is awesome. Really strong protection.
    Oh and its really cheap too.
     
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    1 part flat base to 3 parts Future = very flat
    1 part flat base to 10 parts Future = flat
    1 part flat base to 15 parts Future = satin


    When it says "flat base" what does that mean?..........how easy is Future to find?
     
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    they have it in the cleaner section at your local bigbox retailers(target,walmart,kmart)
     
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    so this "bathtub brew" is a better option then the tamiya clear coat? or is it just more price effective? price isnt a big deal to me I just want to get the best stuff
     
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    You don't want to handle the figures after using Future, especially with damp or sweaty hands. It will become tacky. I use it on military models for different washes, but still clear coat over them.
     
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    And what clear coat do you use?
     
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    Um this has not happen to me?
    Maybe you used to much or didn't let it fully cure?
     
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    Thanks Guys for all the help
     

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