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So I thought I'd save a few bucks and get some Krylon clear flat sealer to seal my figs. When I sprayed them, it was like spraying snow on the figures. I managed to get most of it off with a brush, but they are still speckled white. Totally ruined the paint jobs.

 

Just wondering if anyone knew why that happened...is it a problem with a cheap brand, or perhaps the environmental factor (it was fairly humid that day)?

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I had the exact same problem with the Krylon sealer. It caused my first miniature ever to lose its vivid colors and its ash-y looking now. Guess I need a new brand. Any recommendations anyone?

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Yeah, humidity will do that. You want a mild, low-humidity day for spraying anything, especially a clear sealer like that.

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You can try fixing it by spraying a gloss coat. Any matte sealer will do that if the conditions are not right.

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I have a couple questions regarding priming and sealing minis. Has anyone used the Brush-On Primer available here in the Reaper shop? Where I live the humidity is always out of whack so spray on primer is not an option. I have tried it and have gotten some pretty awful results at times. If anyone has had any experience with the brush-on primer here, can you please give me tips and advice on how to use it properly? Also I am really tossed between matte and gloss sealers. I would really like to keep spending money here to support Reaper by getting the Brush-On Sealer. Again, any tips and advice would be very much appreciated :) Thanks everyone

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I have a couple questions regarding priming and sealing minis. Has anyone used the Brush-On Primer available here in the Reaper shop? Where I live the humidity is always out of whack so spray on primer is not an option. I have tried it and have gotten some pretty awful results at times. If anyone has had any experience with the brush-on primer here, can you please give me tips and advice on how to use it properly? Also I am really tossed between matte and gloss sealers. I would really like to keep spending money here to support Reaper by getting the Brush-On Sealer. Again, any tips and advice would be very much appreciated :) Thanks everyone

This thread should be of use. Long story short: Needs to be mixed thoroughly. Some people thin it. You don't need complete coverage. Just enough for the paint to stick to.

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The brush on sealer goes on so much better if you add some water to it. I think I did mine at 2:1 sealer:water. No idea how well it protects since I don't use mine for gaming, but it covers well and you can wick it out of spots if it gets too thick.

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What is the best way to prime/seal minis for gaming? I am building a Crusader army for Warlord, and I plan on using those little guys extensively to get good at Warlord. Since being directed to the link about brush-on primers, I did a lot of forum searching. I'm a little worried that Brush-On Primer and Sealer won't be enough to protect my minis from gaming.

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For gaming, make sure you use a gloss coat followed by a matte coat. Many people use Testor's Glosscote and Dullcote, but if spraying is out of the question there are alternatives. In the winter, I use GW 'ardcoat followed by Reaper brush-on sealer. Unfortunately, you're not going to be able to get as matte with brush-on as you will with spray, but it'll be better than spraying under poor conditions. The important part is using a gloss coat - this is what actually protects your miniature. You can use two or more coats if you're worried about damage from fingers or transport. You can just reapply the matte coat if it ever rubs off.

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to get a matte coat on top of your sealer, in poor weather, I mix liquitex matte medium 2/1 with water and brush that on over top.

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Wow thanks a lot everyone! This helps me out a lot. I'm going to use all of your great advice and hopefully start a WIP topic in the near future.

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One tip I heard, which seemed obvious but I needed to hear before implementing, pick a technique and stick with it. An example would be eyes. Some folks paint eyes first and others wait till the end. Which ever you prefer, choose a technique and stick with it until mastery is achieved.

 

Another tid-bit: Thin your paints, especially the lighter colors to reduce chalkiness. I use Jen Haley's thinning recipe as provided by reaper which was 50% water, 25% flow-aid and 25% slow-dri. I have experimented with other combinations but "The Jen Formula" as I call it is by far my favorite.

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One tip I heard, which seemed obvious but I needed to hear before implementing, pick a technique and stick with it. An example would be eyes. Some folks paint eyes first and others wait till the end. Which ever you prefer, choose a technique and stick with it until mastery is achieved.

 

Another tid-bit: Thin your paints, especially the lighter colors to reduce chalkiness. I use Jen Haley's thinning recipe as provided by reaper which was 50% water, 25% flow-aid and 25% slow-dri. I have experimented with other combinations but "The Jen Formula" as I call it is by far my favorite.

 

What ratio do you use regarding the thinner to the paint? Or can you link to post reagarding this? I remeber one a few years back when I last painted but cannot find it now.

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Well paints like these will thin with water, but to avoid certain issues with that you can also thin them with, say, Vellejo acrylic airbrush medium.

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