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Advice Wanted - Touching Up a Finished Mini?

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Hi all.  I've got a few minis floating around that were painted when my skills were lesser.  Been humoring the idea of touching them up.  My finished minis are sealed with a coat of Krylon Matte spray.  Any tips for touching up minis?  Anything to look out for?

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Might want to give them a gentle clean/rinse to get any finger grease off (if you've been handling them a lot), always the risk of losing any basing ballast/flock when doing this, and then have at it.

 

Only thing I'd caution is that when/if you go to seal them again you might want to put a coat of gloss varnish on before the next matte coat. If you are only doing some minimal touch ups, the previous matte layer isn't going to get covered up much, and then the new matte coat on top of that will increase your risk of frosting. I've had that issue with Krylon Matte a few times, if a layer gets too thick or with multiple matte layers. If you are doing extensive touch-ups, it might not be much of a problem, so you may not need the gloss coat layer.

 

Never had that problem with Testors Dullcote... *grumble*

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45 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:

Might want to give them a gentle clean/rinse to get any finger grease off (if you've been handling them a lot), always the risk of losing any basing ballast/flock when doing this, and then have at it.

Just reading this made me anxious.  It makes sense to clean them, but the idea of cleaning a finished mini is frightening.  Just imagining all those hours of paint coming off.  Yikes!

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1 hour ago, MoonglowMinis said:

Just reading this made me anxious.  It makes sense to clean them, but the idea of cleaning a finished mini is frightening.  Just imagining all those hours of paint coming off.  Yikes!

 

Emphasis on the gentle in "gentle clean/rinse". Don't scrub them with a toothbrush. Dunk them in some soapy water a few times (or soak a few minutes if you don't care about basing material falling off), then rinse them off with a slow trickle of water, don't have the faucet on full blast. Dry them, you guessed it, gently.

 

The coat of sealer you put on should help protect the paint. And the paint should hold up, because acrylics don't reactivate after they've fully cured. Quite waterproof... if you did your pre-painting prep/priming properly... otherwise it might start falling off in layers...

 

Consider it an opportunity to reflect and learn. ::D: Then, in X amount of years, when someone asks this question, you'll be able to chime in on your experience.

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