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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 5:27 a.m. PST

1) Yes, with soap, to get any oils, release agent or residue off
2) Yes, quick rinse of water only
3) No, I've never had a problem
4) No, I only paint miniatures for display so they never get handled after completion
5) I don't paint miniatures

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 5:29 a.m. PST

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Charlie 1209 Apr 2015 5:38 a.m. PST

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John Armatys09 Apr 2015 5:39 a.m. PST

1 (they get rinsed hot water with a squeeze of washing up liquid).

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 5:47 a.m. PST

1.

JimDuncanUK09 Apr 2015 5:48 a.m. PST

Plastic yes, metal no!

Personal logo jeffreyw3 Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 5:51 a.m. PST

1 Not only is there mold release goop, but I've thoroughly doused them with oils from my hands in the line removal/cleanup process.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 5:57 a.m. PST

Resin yes, metal and plastic no.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 5:57 a.m. PST

I often have a wash myself before painting minis.


Wash the figures, not so much.

377CSG09 Apr 2015 6:00 a.m. PST

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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 6:01 a.m. PST

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Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 6:02 a.m. PST

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Ah ,the question that prompts endless discussion. Like most beliefs, I believe washing makes a difference because I can see the difference. There is all kind of debris and oils deposited on the miniature after I scrape, file and burnish that brushing alone does not remove. The contaminants must be removed by washing.

Mick in Switzerland Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 6:11 a.m. PST

3. I do not wash metal or hard plastic miniatures and this appears to be OK. These get undercoated with spray paint (GW Chaos Black).

I do wash Reaper Bones as they are undercoated by brush with standard acrylic paints.

I also wash resin castings because I have had problems in the past..

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 6:16 a.m. PST

I wash plastic and resin with dish soap and water. I rarely wash metals and if I do, I use alcohol.

Bob the Temple Builder09 Apr 2015 6:34 a.m. PST

I always wash metal figures before undercoating/priming them … and wash my hands after handing unpainted castings (the lead in figures is toxic).

Because I have greasy skin, I also wash my hands before I paint figures just in case I touch them.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 6:53 a.m. PST

Yes iwash them in soapy water.

TunnelRat Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 7:00 a.m. PST

1. Wash with soapy water, then rinse & dry.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 7:03 a.m. PST

3 for metal, but 2 for plastic

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 7:08 a.m. PST

It used to be you were advised to soak your metal figures in vinegar to slightly etch them to allow primer to get a good hold. I haven't seen that advice in many years(better primers?).

However, since I have been making figures since 1981 and know exactly how many times they are exposed to talc and oil(human and sometimes machine) in the manufacturing process, I always clean figures in hot water and soap with an old toothbrush before priming.

But then, my legs are gray and my hair is bent.

Dave
wargamingminiatures.com

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member09 Apr 2015 7:19 a.m. PST

Plastic yes, metal no!

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 8:20 a.m. PST

While I'm sure I should, I never do.

I don't really do plastic much, but it does help there.

Personal logo sneakgun Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 9:06 a.m. PST

6. I rinse metal in rubbing alcohol, and wash resin.

Dynaman878909 Apr 2015 9:16 a.m. PST

3 – unless they are really dirty for some reason.

Brian Bronson Inactive Member09 Apr 2015 10:04 a.m. PST

1 – all figures (metal, plastic, whatever) get washed in water with a bit of dish soap.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member09 Apr 2015 10:16 a.m. PST

Originally 3, now 1 (when I remember.)

Edit: I usually have to wash myself after painting figures.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 10:20 a.m. PST

I often have a wash myself before painting minis.

Wash the figures, not so much.

Speaking for myself, of course.

1), but with alcohol wipes.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member09 Apr 2015 11:53 a.m. PST

A Willie Wonka quote!

Happy Day!

CeruLucifus09 Apr 2015 12:47 p.m. PST

1 I scrub all figures in warm soapy water with an old toothbrush then let air dry before priming.

For years I never heard of washing, and a few figures from that era have had trouble with paint adherence. Since then, it seems like none do.

Of course, I can say the same about priming, and about varnishing.

Somewhere in there is a technique that does the trick.

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 12:56 p.m. PST

Oh, you mean "wash" as in really clean something. Not, "given 'em a wash", as with sepia ink or similar.

I use a quick painting method called "the Sand People" method: prime with white (heavily), paint skin, wood and metal (and a horsey color if cavalry), heavily "wash" with sepia ink, finish bases, done.

So, 6) Wash with ink after priming. :)

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 1:43 p.m. PST

Resin yes, metal no unless they are clearly covered in something.

14Bore09 Apr 2015 3:20 p.m. PST

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redbanner414509 Apr 2015 7:10 p.m. PST

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goragrad09 Apr 2015 8:33 p.m. PST

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Soap, water, toothbrush. I got a lot of my minis off ebay and who knows where they were and who/what they came in contact with…

Actually with oily skin I wash up prior to painting sessions as a standard practice.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2015 10:21 p.m. PST

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Midgetmanifesto09 Apr 2015 11:35 p.m. PST

1 with Resin. I've had resin (I didn't paint but own) have paint flake off. Not sure what prep was or wasn't done.

1 with Bones. I read many horror stories about paint/primer never drying and they are pretty bendy… I don't think the paint needs any more disadvantages than that to try and stay on.

Everything else 3.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member11 Apr 2015 6:07 a.m. PST

1. Soapy water and toothbrush.

What could it hurt?

It brightens them up, and there's always crud rolling around in the bottom of the dishpan afterwards.

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