Customs: ways of painting help

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  1. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

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    When painting a figure, how do you do it? with a regular paintbrush? specail paintbrush? or like some kind of airbrush? or what?
     
  2. Gen. Magnus

    Gen. Magnus Everything is Awesome

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    It would really depend on what part of the figure you are painting and how large that part is & if you can get the part off or not.

    I like to spray paint most parts but will break out the paint brush when necessary.
     
  3. Greyryder

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    I usually use an airbrush, but small details get brush painted.
     
  4. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I'm a cheapo, so I just buy spraypaint in the color I need. I either use Krylon Fusion - PERFECT for Hasbro plastics - or Testors Enamels. If I need to do detailwork, I brush stuff on with acrylics and then seal it with either the Testors glosscote or dullcote.
     
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    Awsome idea, I dont know why that sliped my mind.
     
  6. fschuler

    fschuler Member TFW2005 Supporter

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    Lately I've been using white nylon bristle paint brushes with Testor's Acrylic flat paints (both the brushes and paints can be had for very few $$). Flat paints go on thinner and aren't as susceptible to brush marks as thicker gloss paints.

    If you're going glossy, use a spray can or airbrush. If you use a regular spray can, warm it up in some hot water prior to applying the paint, it'll go on MUCH more smoothly and evenly. Just be sure not to heat the can up too much, it could burst. Use hot water that is only slightly uncomfortable to the touch. Depending upon the type of paint being used and the type of surface you are painting (plastic, metal, etc.) you may need to apply a coat of primer first.

    An airbrush setup would be like the MISB Fort Max of the repainter's tool box. I wish I had the spare $$ ($300+) for a good one. Never underestimate the paint job quality you can get with a simple rattle can, though!!

    Good luck!
     
  7. Greyryder

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    Not really. You can get a good internal mix Badger or Paasche for about $60 to $80 and an aircompressor with a tank can be had $40 to $60 at wal-mart or the local home improvement place. Just make sure you also get a regulator and water trap. It's the hobby compressors that cost a small fortune. The only reason I have one, is because there's always somebody sleeping, when I want to paint.
     
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    fschuler Member TFW2005 Supporter

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    I was referring to the hobby airbrush sets and compressors, which will run into the neighborhood of $300+. You have to pay for high quality. Not that the lower priced (notice I didn't use the word "cheap") units you see at wal-mart, et al., aren't without usefulness. I've just always figured that you might as well get the one that you know you can count on to be there when you need them. And no, I can't afford one of those right now!
     
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    I bought one of those $40 sets from walmart. They're not worth the money. The airbrush crapped out after a couple of months. The airbrushes I mentioned are quality, and will last some one a lifetime. Though if some one has the money, I would strongly suggest getting an Iwata, instead.

    Any hobby type compressor that you buy is going to cost far more than you need to spend for a good compressor. The only reason I can think of to buy one, is if you need one that's really quiet.
     
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    I used Krylon Fusion spray paint for my black tracks custom (which I'm still too lazy to finish :( ) and it turned out quite nicely:
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  11. Gen. Magnus

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    I use Krylon Fusion for the majority of my projects. Actually, there have only been 4 that have not been done w/ fusion - 2 because I used anadized automotive paint (it was a test) and two that used Tamiya spray becuse I needed fairly specific colors.

    The project I am finishing today, Alt Wild Rider, used black Fusion as the base color w/ some detailing in Tamiya Light Gun Metal. My last project, on the other hand (which has not been shown yet because I still need to print the labels), Alt Reflector, was done in two different purples from Tamiya. Before that, Alt Rumble was done w/ black Fusion and red Fusion for his limbs.

    Yes, I love Fusion.
     

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