Discussion in 'The paint box' started by wildthyme, Mar 1, 2010.
Has anyone got any tips on how to paint these plastic models?
Over fairly large areas of plastic no matter what I did I found Tamiya acrylics to be nigh on useless.
The Bf109 I've just completed was painted with Vallejo Model Colour not Model air. This acrylic paint is superb and gave an almost one coat cover.
Another thing I found, for larger areas it is best to use an acrylic primer first. I wouldn't paint on bare plastic no matter how much Fairy Liquid has been used.
This is just from my own experience and the conclusions I have drawn from them, other people will have a different take on this, I'm sure.
Again, this is from my own experience...Apart from removing the 'casting' marks, sand paper is a no no. two reasons:-
1.. the plastic will get too scratched and show through the painting.
2.. you can never get into every nook and cranny and if you try you end up gouging the plastic (see no.1).
Due to the large scale, the wings on my Bf109 where a big surface area and using an acrylic primer made the paint go on as smooth as a baby's bum.
As far as I'm concerned the only sure way with big areas is to prime first, no question.
Yes, you can get acrylic primer on line, go for the light grey.
As has been mentioned Halfords rattle can Acrylic grey primer is by all accounts very good stuff. A big tin is around £6 odd.
I wouldn't recommend sanding unless you're very good at it. You're going to lose an awful lot of surface detail if you're not extremely careful and it can be a long tedious job to get a good finish over the whole surface.
I'd go along with Ron and Tony here. Get yourself a primer. I always use Halfords' cellulose primer (they do grey, white and red so you can pick the one you think best. It does come in rather large cans, but it covers well so works out very cheap). I've not tried other primers, but this one's always worked for me. It sticks to the surface of the plastic very well and creates a nice matt surface which gives you a good 'key' for your colour coats. It's very quick and simple to use (it has to be for me to be able to use it!) and dries well enough for you to start your painting within an hour.
edit: Sorry to seem repetetive - the last couple of posts came in while I was writing this one and I didn't see them. Still, it's nice to see that great minds really do think alike! Not me of course - I'm just following the footsteps of the great minds!
Any ideas anyone? Games workshop do a range of brush on 'Foundation' paint, that I have used to prime small bits from time to time. They do mail order online but I can't vouch for the finish on a large area.
Halfords do a grey spray on acrylic based primer for £6 and you get a huge 500ml tin......No contest, me thinks.
Tony (Yakface) uses this all the time and highly recommends it.
swellfella, I use it on small areas as well. Because it is an extremely thin layer of paint the primer doesn't hide any detail. In fact it brings out the small detail even better for the painter!
There are a lot of small figures of 1/72 which are made of a soft polystyrene which, as far as I am concerned are impossible to paint unless they are primed.
It is of course, fine to paint smaller objects made of the harder plastic without priming, provided they have been washed in soapy water to remove the release agent, but as I have stated priming small bits and figures brings out the detail , not hide it!
All this has come from my own experience and I hope it has been of some use to you. There are people on here who know far more than me about painting with acrylics and they may well have a different take on this.
I'm sure he got this sorted as it's almost 2 years ago!
sorry me got sore head last night.. not concentrating!....paint fumes from DIY!! just joined club!
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