Friday, March 19, 2010

Quick Tip: Paint & Detail Order

I see a lot of questions on forums about when certain techniques should be applied in relation to each other and so I've put together this Quick Tip rule of thumb:

acrylic paints
washes & decals
gloss if you've done decals
secondary washes & panel lines
matte sealer
chipping (sponge or brush)
pencil effects
oil & wash filter effects
matte sealer

See my Quick Tip on Gloss vs. Flat Sealer for a quick look at which the different sealers matter.


Col. Corbane said...

Thanks for this mate, I was actually concerned that because I'd already washed my vehicles with devlan mud, I wouldn't be able to do any of the oil paint/masterclass techniques on my vehicles.

This has put my mind at rest, cheers mate.

misterjustin said...

Glad that I could help. If you're ever in doubt give the model another very light coat of sealer. Gloss for effects that need to flow and matte for effects that should stay put.

Col. Corbane said...

I'm ashamed to admit it but I've never sealed any of my model yet, I just to scared about the frosting issue.

I'm going to have to man up at some point.

misterjustin said...

Shake it, baby!

Any spray can should be thoroughly shaken -- and this means learning to spin the agitator around the outside of the can, not just shaking it up and down.

Most sprays will also have a recommended temperature range for spraying.

Keep you cans fresh, shaken and in the right temperature range and you should be fine.

Col. Corbane said...

I'm just going to have to man up and do it. Can you recommend a brand?

misterjustin said...

Personally I'm a big fan of the Krylon line of aerosol paints and sealers. I haven't gone wrong with their product line yet.

Krylon also has an incredible line of ultra flat camouflage colors - which is what I use to paint most of my tanks.

Krylon grey primer is also my primer of choice these days.