Customs: That "Not-So-Fresh" Feeling

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  1. crazyjeffy

    crazyjeffy Hammertastic

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    Hey guys. I'm completely new to painting transformers... and I'm having a bit of a problem.

    I recently painted some minor details on PRID Ratchet, Knock Out, and Optimus and, well, they look alright.... but there's a sticky residue and some smell that I can't desribe.

    I used Testor's Enamel Gloss Paint if that has anything to do with it. Should I clearcoat it with some of Model Masters Clear Gloss Finish?

    Sorry if this was posted somewhere before >.>
     
  2. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    How long has it been sitting for?? The reason it could be sticky/tacky is that it's an oil based paint (which is probably the smell you're encountering), which these take a few hours to actually dry out. Depending on your living situation, you could store it in the garage until tomorrow, then check on it then?
     
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    crazyjeffy Hammertastic

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    They've been sitting in my basement for 3 days

    Does the age of the paint matter?
     
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    It could. How old are they? Were they tacky and smell weird out of the bottle??
     
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    crazyjeffy Hammertastic

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    They were all unopened, but they're nine years old and they smell different inside the bottles.
     
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    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Nine years old? There's your problem.

    Paint might last long after you've painted it onto something, but in a jar a few years is the maximum that you can expect. After that, it's a gamble. Some might survive and be completely fine, others will be screwed up in some way. Obviously yours have issues.
     
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    Yea, for sure. Nine years is a long time for any paint, honestly.
     
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    crazyjeffy Hammertastic

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    Well poo. Well I got some brand new testor's acrylic paint so hopefully those'll turn out different.
     
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    Brand new is going to be miles better for you. Welcome to the customizing club, :thumb .
     
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    Enamels tend to do this some. When painting with enamels, make sure to use thinner. I don't use enamel paint by itself during the painting process.

    If the paint is old, yeah, you'll need a lot more thinner.
     
  11. gawddammit

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    Might want to buy some new paint. Amazon has them for a decent price.
     
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    crazyjeffy Hammertastic

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    I got some brand new acrylic paints, but it feels very runny. Would adding some Future Floor finish make it less runny?
     
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    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Future will more than likely thin the paint even more.
     
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    I also hear that adding future finish to paint extends dry time. I could be wrong on that, but I thought that was what I heard.
     
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    Acrylics tend to dry between 15 minutes and a few hours. Future tends to dry in 20 minutes but takes a cure time of 24 hour hours. So, yeah, the time is extended.
     

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