sayuri Posted August 30, 2007 Share Posted August 30, 2007 Hi, everyone! I'm new to the Forum, and really quite new to mini painting too. And I'm in way over my head. A guy at work caught me priming a big group of minis, and began pestering me about doing a couple of his. In a moment of epic stupid, I told him I would. Four days later, he brought me five minis. One is a Reaper mini; the others appear to be minis for Excelsior's Ironclaw RPG. And they were in miserable condition! So far, I've soaked them in Pepsi to remove the tarnish, and scrubbed them with Pine-Sol to remove the multiple layers of dirt. The Reaper mini looks great and is good to go; but I've got some questions regarding the others before I do anything else there: - The first thing I noticed about the Excelsior minis was that they had a weird texture; totally different from any of mine. Having done some reading, I'm thinking that they're some of those older, high-lead-content deals. I now know that the Pine-Sol probably wasn't a good thing; what else do I need to know about lead-ier minis? Do I need to take any special safety precautions working with these things? Is there anything different that I should or shouldn't do to them? Are they more porous than white metal? (they sure feel like it!) - One of the Excelsiors was very badly discolored. Following the Pepsi and Pine-Sol baths, he's better; but still looks like he narrowly survived a three-alarm fire. Can a blackened mini still be painted? - Finally, the other three Excelsior minis have a...coating (can't think of a better word) of something or another that survived the baths and brushing, but does come off if its filed. Filing the metal returns it to a nice, shiny state; but I obviously can't do that to the entire mini: there'd be no detail left! Any ideas as to what this might be and/or how it can be safely removed? Sorry to be so high-maintenance on the first post...never anything done halfway over here! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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