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So, I am finally finished with school, for now, and i have some time to paint.


I want to paint some quarters, as per a post I saw previously on this forum. This leads me to two questions.


I have heard of Testor's DullCote being used as a primer. Can the same be done with gloss sealers? I do not plan on painting the background of the coin, so I figure if I can prime with gloss sealer, it may make the background shine a bit more.


The other option I am thinking, is shining up the background metal. I read an article some years ago about buffing the metal up, rather than using metallics or NMM techniques. However, I could not find this article again. Does anyone know the article I am talking about? Does anyone have any real experience with it?

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Not with gloss sealers because they don't have any tooth. You need something with texture for the paint to take. The gloss coat creates a smooth, plastic finish.


To buff metal you'll want to get a buffing attachment for a Dremel. They are white felt usually and you can get them in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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Rubberized polishing points and cylinders for the dremel are also great for shining up metal minis; the points especially, when you need to get into tight corners that a wheel might miss, though I have found the cylinders sometimes give a slightly shinier finish (can't remember which colour of cylinder made them shiniest; there are 3 different colours with finer/coarser grit IIRC but it's been a while since I used them rather than the points). The points still give a really high level of shine though. The name of the online store where I got mine escapes me ATM, unfortunately. I find they are also great to use after filing off mold lines, to get rid of the rough patches where the file went. I do this before priming on any parts that are supposed to be smooth, though I imagine it would work well if you're planning on using bare polished metal too. It can even help you spot the traces of mold line you missed... *before* you apply primer! (though sometimes they get so shiny you think there's some mold line left when it's really just a reflection)



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