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head cast paint problems

Postby John11756 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:16 pm

So I bought headcasts from 3 different sites, but thet all have the same problem. The paint scratches off way to easily. I have scrubbed and scrubbed boiled and soaked in hot water with soap, but to no avail. Help?
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Re: head cast paint problems

Postby triggerrick » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:39 pm

1st question is did u prime it? 2nd question is did u use rubbing alcohol and scrub it with a toothbrush befor paint? (that works well for me) 3rd question what kind of paint are u using? 4th question what are u using to seal after u paint? (I use 2 to 3 coats of mod podge and wait for a day then I seal it again with krylon matte finish, I know it sounds like over kill but I want my customs to be well protected) lmk whats going on bud? hope this helps.
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Re: head cast paint problems

Postby Truwe316 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:20 am

I'll pretty much second what Trigger said. I've used several resin heads and I have always done the following with no problem with the final product:

1. Sand the head with a very fine sandpaper like 360 or more for grit

2. Wash the head with soap and water to remove any mold release (yes, casters use mold release just like the factories)

3. Prime the head. If you ever want paint to properly adhere to anything, primer is your best friend.

4. Seal the figure or have some sort of varnish finish mixed in with your paints. Acrylics need sealer if they are going to stand the test of time.

You are using acrylics, right?

Good luck!
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Re: head cast paint problems

Postby ole jade jaw » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:31 am

"3. Prime the head. If you ever want paint to properly adhere to anything, primer is your best friend."
That's the big one right there!
If release WAS used, clean it with citrus (pummice) hand cleaner or another degreaser, THEN with soap and water.
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Re: head cast paint problems

Postby Jin Saotome » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:22 am

Yeah, almost any type of spray primer works on resin heads. Duplicolor works great or Tamiya.
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