Today's NaMoPaiMo post talks about prepping and priming your horses for next month's National Model Painting Month. The video covers seven tips to make prepping easier and more fun, as well as how to work in the cold (since for most of us, February is a wintry month). In today's blog post, I'll also cover tools, supplies and how to troubleshoot common primer issues.
Tools and Supplies Checklist
Troubleshooting Common Primer Issues
If your primer is obliterating detail on your micro, it is likely because you are holding the primer can too close, spraying too long, or because your primer is not formulated for such small work. Strip the model, adjust your spray technique, or purchase a different primer.
Several things can cause orange peel, and some of them aren’t fixable if you are using a canned primer, such as air pressure too low, or a poor mixture. Some are fixable, such as spraying too closely in a dry environment, which creates a thick coat where the top of the coat dries first, before the rest of the primer can dry. The result is an effect like cracked mud. Spraying in thinner coats, with a humidifier running, will help.
Small blobs of primer are often a symptom of spraying in an environment that is too dry. To combat it, hold the primer closer to your model, so the primer has less time to form blobs as it flies through the air, or use a humidifier in your work area (this method is recommended for micros, as spraying closer does risk putting on a coat of primer that is too thick to preserve details).
Course primer could be a symptom of a dry environment as well, or it could be you’re using a primer that is not formulated for such small work. In either case, a light bit of sanding with 1500 grit automotive sandpaper, steel wool and/or scrubbing a wet model with baking soda will fix this issue. Be sure to work lightly, as it often doesn’t take much to remove the coarse texture.
Credits and Resources
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS FOR CONTRIBUTING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FOR MY NAMOPAIMO VIDEO SERIES:
- Jennifer Buxton, Braymere Custom Saddlery (and founder of NaMoPaiMo) https://braymere.blogspot.com/
- Cindy Evans-Yates of Knight's Tale Studio https://www.facebook.com/KnightsTaleStudio/
- Toni Rakestraw
- Summer Riley-Simpson
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- What is NaMoPaiMo? And How to Join Click Here to Watch
- My NaMoPaiMo Horses and How I Made Them Click Here to Watch
- 6 NaMoPaiMo Survival Tips Click Here to Watch
- NaMoPaiMo 2020 Video Playlist Click Here to Play the Video List
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