problem with painting
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problem with painting

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I've just started painting my figure and the paint doesn't seem to stick, I've tried every thing in the tutorials and nothing works and I don't think its the paint as I use vallejo game color the same as what kyle robinson uses, so if anyone can give me any tips on how to get the paint to stick better it would be much appreciated.

Posted by Mighty Tom
on Monday, July 20, 2009
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Mighty Tom -
Friday, August 7, 2009
thanks for the tip but I think I got it figured out now .
Mikoyan88 -
Thursday, August 6, 2009
you could try and get mr.hobby surface primers, it really helps a lot imo
Mighty Tom -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
thanks for the advice kyle, its much appreciated.
Kyle Robinson -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
well lucky for me the real world IS customizing..lol.. so in a weird way, reading these forums is part of my job.
somebody1 -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sucks when the real world forces its way in lol. We just don't want you vanishing like so many others have on here.
Kyle Robinson -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
just busy is all
Kyle Robinson -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
just busy is all
somebody1 -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I didn't think Kyle was alive he's been MIA for so long on here lol.
Kyle Robinson -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I would avoid adding unnecessary coats as in my experience it just thickness to your paint and just cause more join rub problems. Thats just me though, I have had many flame wars in my fight against primer..lol

heres a few Vallejo tips...

~Shake the HELL out of your bottles, this paint like to settle cause it has a mixes in resin (that is there for plastic fusion in fact) this stuff likes to sit in the bottom of the bottle... Bang it on the table, pack it in your palm like a box of cigarettes, or slam it on your knee..lol.. If I haven't used a bottle in more than 2-3 days, I shake it for a full minute before I use it.

~Also, like pock said.. it is of upmost importance that you wash your figure with warm water and oil dissolving dish soap. Tooth brush works well.

~File your joints by hand... snag a set of detail files from a craft shop or even home depot, they are about 5 bucks a pack and are great for those small spaces.

~it never hurts to dab a fine layer of super glue over Shoulder joints and other exposed joints as a sealant. BE VERY careful not to lock up joints though.

~Doing your first layer while your figure is a bit warm helps... then let that cure for a few hours before you do other coats. Seems to me that when the plastic is a bit warm your paint will like to stick to it a bit better while it dies.

you know if you ever have any other Vallejo paint questions you can email me good luck
Goldenwolf -
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It helps details pop out.
Mighty Tom -
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
another thing I was wondering, would it be better if I paint it black first as a base coat
Goldenwolf -
Monday, July 20, 2009
You Could Sand It W/ Fine Sand Paper Or brush on some paint thinner ( Not A Lot & don't let it get in the joints too much ) it will make your next application of paint stick on a lot better I do that sometimes ( too much paint thinner will melt A figure so Go Easy & Work In A ventalated area something W/ Flowing air) hope it helps.
pock63 -
Monday, July 20, 2009
One thing you might try first is to very very carfullely wash the figure with a toothbrush and sope and then wrinse him. I had the same problem on a figure of mine and this made the paint stick.
Darththomas -
Monday, July 20, 2009
Agreed, wire wool has to be the way forward
50percentJoe -
Monday, July 20, 2009
My sister told me that the way to go on getting paint to stick is to rough up the surface, thing is, don't use sand paper. Go buy some steel wool and slowly rub over the figure with some light pressure, this is gonna remove some of the paint, but it should rough up the surface enough for painting without destroying any details.
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