TheDungeonDelver Posted March 7, 2012 Share Posted March 7, 2012 I have basically quit using the rattlecan to prime. It's a hassle, I have to do it outside, which means if the mood to paint takes me late at night I can't prime-n-go, I'm stuck waiting for the morning. But I do have some minis still sprayprimed, and plenty of folks swear by it (I fondly remember my The Armory gray primer :( never gave me problems :( all gone now :( ) anyway...enough mopeing... If you spray prime and it's too hot, too cold, too dry or too humid or there's too much wind, you can wind up with orange peel. This is an effect whereby the primer goes on and leaves a crumby powder residue behind. If that weren't bad enough, this powder is impossible to paint. Touching a brush with paint on it is like watching a vampire go to town on a victim - the crusty primer "drinks" the water from the paint, leaving a thin film (like, thinner than you want by far) and the watery solution runs "underneath" the primer and it looks like the miniature has ink running all over it. The only fix for this is of course to strip the miniature and try again. Problematically if you're a spray-primer by habit, you may have the exact same thing happen again and if you have no foundation white to work with you're just stuck. So what to do? Don't strip the mini. What you want to always have in your paint kit is a brass brush. You can get them at auto parts stores, they're about as long as a toothbrush and have ultra-fine brass wire bristles. Take your afflicted miniature and, going with the direction of major details, gently brush the miniature down. Don't just scrub back and forth, just gently brush the miniature for a good bit. If you're doing it right you'll wind up with a talcum-like dusting on your hands. Pause periodically to blow your miniature off. If it has a lot of craggy surface detail (scales, buckles, etc.) consider using a can of air like you'd blow your computer insides clean with. Do this inside so an errant breeze doesn't just put the powder back on your mini! Once you're done, take a large brush (like one you'd use for drybrushing) and dust the mini down, taking care to work in any deep relief details. What you'll have is a miniature that is still primed, but all of the orange peel is scrubbed off. The remaining layer of primer will behave itself and you can get your painting on without having to start again. Having rescued your miniatures from the crumblies, you can now throw your rattlecans in the trash and brush on primer the way God intended :D - I kid; I still use the can for large miniatures as trying to brush-prime a huge dragon or demon is a major pain. Hope someone found this useful. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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