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Acrylic paint does not adhere well over oil-based paint. It tends to delaminate over time.

 

Ahh. Well, I do trust your advice on this topic, given your background as an artist. If that's true, I think stripping it is probably the approach I'll end up taking.

 

 

Strippers used for acrylics may not work with oil.

Very true. That said, I already know the PineSol trick works on oil-based paints because I've used it in the past, so if I stick with that rather than trying other popular alternatives (e.g. Simple Green) I should be good. ::):

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oh dear. this is one of the cleanest casts i have seen of the older grenadier dragons, all of the detail is very crisp. i fear that stripping it would be an impossible task. testors enamel is nasty stuff and anything that will pull it off cleanly might damage the mini too. even so, getting out of those scales is going to be very challenging. best of luck - if it were me i'd find a way to paint over it.

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If you are going to paint over him and have an airbrush, I would use it for the first coat. Because the paint is drying as it lands on the model it is more likely to stick instead of run off of that shiny stuff.

 

Unfortunately, I don't have an airbrush. I haven't done a lot of larger figures in the past and haven't quite gotten to a point where I can justify the cost.

 

So not that I want to subject you to any undue pressure, but has this dragon been stripped yet? Maybe there's a WIP out there already?

 

Hah. No, not yet. Life got a little complicated throughout November and December and I didn't even have time to visit the forums. 

 

 

oh dear. this is one of the cleanest casts i have seen of the older grenadier dragons, all of the detail is very crisp. i fear that stripping it would be an impossible task. testors enamel is nasty stuff and anything that will pull it off cleanly might damage the mini too. even so, getting out of those scales is going to be very challenging. best of luck - if it were me i'd find a way to paint over it.

 

Yeah, I remember having to work at getting "bits" out of the nooks and crannies when I stripped the grenadier figures I'd painted (poorly) back in the 80's. I think I used an old head of a powered toothbrush at the time and then picked out what I couldn't get that way with a toothpick. It was time consuming and, in the end, I just left some of the crumbs that wouldn't come out.

 

I suppose what I should try first is roughing it up with sandpaper followed by a thin coat of brush on primer and then painting it, with the hope that the roughing up will reduce the likelyhood of the acrylic paint suffering the delamination Pingo mentioned. And, if it does ever delaminate badly I can always go back and strip it then.

 

-J

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