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On 3/24/2021 at 11:39 AM, Kuroneko said:

 

heat generated during its curing process can really mess up paint jobs

Should only be an issue if it is a deep pour.  The chemical reaction in resin generates more heat the thicker it gets.  Vallejo still water is alright but has issues with shrinking and it does create a noticeable meniscus when dried.  New resin will probably do you well as would using a slow setting resin so you can mix for a while before it sets up. 

I would suggest that this has more to do with materials and moisture getting into the poured piece through the grass clumps that are extending past the surface or through a MDF base.  If you used natural materials like dirt or sand try for baking that at 50 for about an hour to kill off any mould or other materials that are living in it. 

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If you haven't checked it out, Massive Voodoo has a tutorial on water effects and resin. (My biggest tip though is do not superglue the plasticard frame to your base. He said it comes off easily and that was not true for me!)

 

I have tried Woodland Scenics and another brand that I don't remember now (I threw away the bottle). They are fine for puddles but I wouldn't use them for anything more than that as they shrink and cloud up. Mess around with the two part resins. I thought it would be really difficult, and there is a little bit of a learning curve, but I have been so happy with my results, the effort is worth it.

 

I have not had issues with it ruining paint on anything. I have had little painted fish completely submerged as well as terrain and have not seen any problems with those.

 

Now, vegetation I have had some issues with as anything sticking above the water seems to leech the resin up into it making the part closest to the water obviously have resin in it. For bushy bits, it would be easy enough to have it just to the surface and then glue a bit on top of the cured resin to make it look like part of the vegetation was sticking out. This would not work with tall grass however so I still need to figure out how to make that work.

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