Quotes

Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Bad Priming Job - time to do some stripping

I have been painting miniatures for a long time now and you would think that I would, at least, have the priming part of the process down by now. I spent last week prepping a bunch of minis for my western town of Calamity. Most of these were Reaper minis that I brought back from ReaperCon but I also had some Dixon, Wargames Foundry and Black Scorpion mixed in there as well. Although I didn't intend to paint all of them at once I find its more efficient to prime as many miniatures as possible in one shot. So I did. Grabbed a can of Army Painter White Primer and noted that it was running low. That should have been the red flag right there. I happily proceeded to prime about 30 miniatures or so and without a second look left them to dry. The next day I grabbed some to take with me to paint at the CMPA's monthly, 2nd Saturday, workshop. There I discovered that my primer job was fuzzy. That is it was not a nice smooth coat, it was gritty, you could see little beads of paint on the surface, well not before I started to paint the skin on five miniatures anyway. So yea, I managed to both the priming on a bunch of miniatures that now need to be stripped down and re-primed. This time I'm going in with my airbrush and some nice acrylic Vallejo grey primer.

So here is my process for stripping minis:
Although hard to see in this small thumb nail, click on the image to see a larger  picture and you  can see just how rough the surface is.

The fuzzy primer is more obvious on this miniature where I started to paint the skin. Again click on the picture to see a larger image.

My stripper of choice. Just think what it would do for kitchen floors!
The first victims about to be submerged

Covered in a nice blue layer of Pine Sol

Tub #2

And the soaking begins

I'll let these sit for a couple of hours and then break out the old toothbrush.

12 comments:

  1. I use Simple Green or Wesely's Bleach White (Tire cleaner) to stip models. I found pine sol to be very strong in odor and if you soak a plastic too long the plastic gets very soft. The two above has had a plastic and metal figure soaked for a month with no bad results.

    As for primer, there is so many factors with primer it is always an Xfactor in the hobby, same for using dull coat/finishes....I live in Florida so it can be too hot, too rainy, too windy....so we have windows to primer things. Near Empty cans can cause a problem, I have also had paint in a can so old that the stuff settled in the can and no matter how much you shook the can it would not mix back (old GW Camo green), a can of White I had sprayed out thick goo (I always test old or questionable cans before going straight to priming).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I typically just use what ever is under the sink. Simple Green is not always available where I shop, but Pine Sol is. There are a number of different "flavors" now and the one I get doesn't smell nearly as strong as the regular stuff.

      Delete
  2. I always feel bad when I give the poor fellas the bath. The previous one went well (those figs had to pass the procedure for the 4th time) but the ones before that had a very thick primer and the situation only got worse. I'll have a go at them again once I have enough time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hate the time it takes from my painting more than anything else. If I had been paying attention I would have been able to save half of them since I primed in two batches on Friday.

      Delete
  3. Oh Kris, those are gritty and there was no way to salvage them. I strip my mini's in exactly the same way. That should come as no surprise as you were the one who taught me how to do it:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I had my steel wool with me I might have tried that to buff the surface down but I expected to be painting!

      Delete
  4. Luckily I've never had to stip any figures.....yet? I I know there's plenty of gamers out there who have!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Better knock on some wood there Ray! You never know when it will strike now. And will it be just a case of bad primer? Maybe you will pick up a nice can of black primer when you go to seal the next unit you complete. :-)

      Delete
    2. I've heard that can happen:P

      Delete
    3. I see you and Ray are in cahoots on this!

      Delete
  5. I've given up on spray priming. I'm too heavy on the trigger and I actually knocked the 1/72 plastics over when I sprayed them. So it's back to brush on priming for me. I also have never stripped a figure. I may need to soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yea, its hard to spray (or airbrush) prime any of the light weight plastic stuff without fastening it down to something.

      Delete