The rest of us range from "almost there" to "haven't even started." Today's first Tutorial Tuesday post is for second group: the procrastinators.
Before being painted, every model should be prepped and primed. Prepping can be tricky, and I've published multiple posts on the topic, but priming seems like a no brainer. You buy a can of primer at the hardware store, shake it and spray it on your model. What could possibly go wrong?
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Sommer Prosser explains: The important thing is to make sure you get SANDABLE primer. As long as it says "Wet or Dry Sandable" somewhere on the can, it's probably okay. The brand or color is not as critical.
In regards to color, Sommer has this to say: It's harder to see detail on white, and also the white seems more "gummy" to me. Because of this, most folks start with red or gray. I cover with a final layer of white as a base coat before painting. At that stage it's pretty much sanded so little touch up sanding is not a big deal.
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Sommer adds: Even if the weather is lousy or windy, spray the horse outside. Set it in a safe place (sheltered inside a big weighed down cardboard box on the balcony for example) until it is less stinky. Give it an hour or two and spray the other half.
Several people recommend getting around cold weather by spraying and/or drying the model inside a well ventilated bathroom with the exhaust fan running. Personally, I find primer fumes to be nauseating, so I can't recommend that method. I always spray outside.
As for actual spraying technique, Christine Sutcliffe counsels: It's better not to spray in a steady stream as that’s too easy to overdo, Start spraying away from your horse, and sweep your arm across it, release the pressure once you’re past the model Then repeat in the other direction - short skooshes not a heavy blast! There’s nothing worse than overly thick layers of primer; not only does it clog up the sculpture’s detail but it also takes much longer to dry!
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Beth Kingdon hangs her minis and sprays them that way.
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Last but not least, here a really good tip from Willow Northland about priming rubbery models like Schleichs and CollectAs: I couldn't find a primer that wouldn't go sticky, so I talked to a hobbyist who works in the paint dept at a store. He said to use latex primer, the sort you'd use on your house walls. I got a can, and tried it... I love it! It paints on easily with a brush, or you can thin it with water and apply with an airbrush. Hardly any fumes, good coverage, dries within a half hour and is sandable in a couple hours. The ONLY thing I don't like about it is that the smallest can is a quart. Fortunately, its was not terribly expensive.
|photo by Willow Northland|
|photo by Willow Northland|