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Newbie painting and finishing questions [message #57528] Tue, 27 November 2012 01:52 UTC Go to next message
avatar mburkey  is currently offline mburkey
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What are the good/better/best materials for sci fi miniatures for someone looking for injection-molded quality and finish?

Yes, I read the tutorials on materials and on painting W/S/F.

I ordered a couple of models last summer. One was white/strong/flex/polished and the other was frosted ultradetail. Neither was perfectly flawless or smooth, but I went over both with steel wool and they look pretty darn good and smooth under a coat of paint. BTW, that was Floquil enamel paint sprayed through an airbrush, not the recommended acrylics.

With that experience, I ordered 5 more in W/S/F. They're marvelous little pieces. But they're all kind of dusty from the material, moreso than I recall. I'm wondering if I they will continue to lose material until I paint them? Should I just paint, dust and all? Should I wash and paint? Should I sand, wash and paint? Anyone have experience with multiple methods?

Thanks.
Re: Newbie painting and finishing questions [message #57560 is a reply to message #57528 ] Tue, 27 November 2012 17:02 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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Did you order in polished again? There shouldn't be loose powder either way, but you will have more signs of printing on non-polished models. The model should be fused, so brushing loose powder shouldn't desolve your model away. I'd email service about the powder though, as customers shouldn't be getting that.


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