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What kind of paint do y'all recommend? I'm trying acrylic but it's not working out too well so far.

Posted by Punstarr
on Monday, June 25, 2007
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Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Well, "better" is a vague term so I don't know what to tell ya. I use whatever is available that works.
Punstarr -
Saturday, June 30, 2007
I found out... it's "Game Color" paints by a company called Vallejo. Anyone else familiar with em?
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Testor's enamel (until I can afford to buy the nicer non enamel Vellium or whatever it's called stuff. I know it starts with a V. My local gameshop told me it's even better than Citadel).
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Yellow...hate yellow xP Yar, you could spray the primer on top of what you've already done, what paint-brand are you using?
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Yeesh, these yellows just don't seem to be very opaque at all... no matter how many coats I paint on. Should I get a different paint and start completely over? Like paint some white primer on top of the yellow areas or should I actually remove the paint with thinner?
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Lol, grey is fine too, just mix a little white or black into your paint to make the color a little brighter/darker (assuming you paint by hand on the primer, otherwise, yeah, get the white primer ).
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Ah, -white- primer? Oops, I have gray primer.

Thank you all for the help, btw.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Well, stencils is one way, but you probably won't be using stencils :P (yar, tape is good for getting straight lines)

The spray-paint is for base-coats, then you have to go back and do all the detail by hand with dry-brushing, washes, etc.

Example: You want to make Superman.
-Spray the entire figure with a coat of blue
-Paint the red parts (yeah, right over the blue, just let the blue dry completely first so you don't get purple)
-Paint the skin

Done!

And you might already know this, but spray the figure with white primer FIRST, then spray it with the blue for a brighter blue, use black/grey instead of white for a darker blue.

(I'll make a tutorial on making straight lines with spray-paint someday...)
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
I see, so almost a variation on stenciling?
VariablePenguin -
Monday, June 25, 2007
You can mask areas off with masking tape
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Ahhhh ok I see what you mean about the joints. I just know some of y'all actually take yer figs apart, paint the parts and then put em back together, that's why I asked.

Question about spray... I've just been spraying into a pallet and then using a brush as if it were regular paint. How on Earth outside of airbrushing does one spray paint a fig with any detail?
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
You can also use Krylon Fusion paints, they're like 2- 3 dollars for a standard spray-can and are specifically designed to bond to plastic! Lots of colors!

And by joints I mean the visible parts of the joint (like if you bend a knee, some of the joint is exposed, mainly the hinges)
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Because a can of spray enamel is the only yellow I could find in those brands you recommended.



I don't bother painting inside the joints... just the parts I can see.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
That's why I'm Dr Nightmare, and not Dr Zhivago :P
ratboy -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Not cool Doc...not cool
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
And I should probably mention, some people can paint masterpieces with a cracked feather from a diseased pidgeon and some boiled rat's blood, paint is important, but having talent is more important.
ratboy -
Monday, June 25, 2007
No, because the enamel touching the plastic. If you prime the fig I would recommend a plastics primer. Rustoleum makes a good one. Also If you use enamel, don't try to paint it all in one coat, lay several thin coats down, it will help reduce that horrible build up that happens with enamel.

I'll tell ya now, I've started using Apple Barrel Paints on my stuff, I haven't had problem with paint getting clumpy or anything like that.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
...why do you want to use enamel? xD If you primer the figure, it'll probably be okay, but primer is thick, it'll crack in the joints and the enamel paint won't dry in the joints either, making them sticky and collecting dust particles. I have a fuzzy Green Lantern because he was sticky
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Does enamel still damage the fig if you coat the fig in primer first?
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Enamel is good for model airplanes and stuff like that because they're made of hard plastic, it doesn't affect the model at all.

The best way to find out about anyhting is to see it yourself, buy an enamel paint and an acrylic and see what the differences are when you paint a figure.
VariablePenguin -
Monday, June 25, 2007
enamel eats the soft plastic figures are made of. It disolves it
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Why not enamel acrylic?
DTM -
Monday, June 25, 2007
not my mall, just the game kits, no paint. That's wack yo
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
No no no, don't buy the cheap craft paints like Apple Barrel, that paint is mainly for posters and painting foam (like for kids' crafts in elementary school). You're going to have to get good stuff from the major companies, Testors, Tamiya, and Citadel. It's like 2.50 - 3.00 for a little pot of paint, but it really lasts, especially the Citadel stuff (found in Games Worshop stores found at many malls).

There's some tutorials that explain this stuff in our tutorial section (Custom Showcase> Tutorials - located top left corner)
DTM -
Monday, June 25, 2007
ahh, how much are the paints you bought? Walmart or my Walmart has a set of testors paint for $7 and a smaller set for $3. The paints at my Walmart ar located in the toy aisles but it varies from the store
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Erm, I have Apple Barrel and Delta Ceramcoat. It was on sale at Wal Mart, and all I could afford.
CplHicks -
Monday, June 25, 2007
I use game work shop's brand of paint.

It's really nice to work with
DTM -
Monday, June 25, 2007
well acrylic works for customs enamel doesn't. what brand of paint are you using? I use Testors. Others use different ones, but Testors is the one I always use
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