PRINTED PARTS CLEANING AND PAINTING
prepping and painting fdm parts
POST APOCALYPTIC RUST SPEED PAINTING
prepping and painting RESIN PRINTED PARTS
CLEANING PARTS AND GLUING
Before gluing some cleanup of parts may be required - Removal of stringing or occasional blob from FDM parts or trimming and sanding back of any unsightly support attachments from resin prints
Always test fit parts before gluing
For assembling your 3D printed models superglue (Cyano acrylate) is recommended
A Gel type is like the below is great as it wont run off and get onto your fingers.
Also a great help is some Super Glue activator - add glue to 1 surface of your part and the activator to the other and when combined a bond will form instantly, making assembly much quicker
PAINTING FDM PARTS
STAGE 1 - PRIMING
Priming your FDM 3D prints before painting is a good idea for 2 reasons:
1 - It fills in any layer lines that may be lurking around the edges of your 3d printed models
2 - It gives a nice base for your subsequent acrylic paints to stick to
For best value results use auto grey plastic primer
STAGE 2 - BASE COAT (AKA "THE GRIMDARKENING")
I always like to hit another coat of black spray over this prime coat as this
1 - Fills more layer lines (noticing a theme yet?)
2 - Makes a nice dark base coat for further top layers and speeds up getting a nice gritty, grimey look on the finished model.
Again auto paints are great for this as they have good adhesion and are cheaper than model brand paints (useful for doing large amounts of terrain) ENSURE YOU BUY SATIN BLACK PAINT to get a nice dull finish
STAGE 3 - APPLY THE TOP COATS OF YOUR CHOICE
From here on you can begin using acrylic miniature paints of your choice or see below for my method for getting a post apocalyptic finish in quick and easy steps!