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iain191414 Sep 2021 2:49 a.m. PST

Hi guys
I'm a bit behind the curve and just bought my first resin figure.
I was wondering what is best medium to undercoat with. I shall of course wash in warm soapy water. I usually use Vallejo paint on black undercoat.
Do I need to do something different for resin?

Rakkasan14 Sep 2021 5:57 a.m. PST

I have used black and white spray primer and white gesso.

The most important thing to do is clean the figure/miniature. Warm soapy water usually works . I did have a couple of models from Novus Design that I had to use alcohol and simple green to really get clean.

I have read and seen at least one video on Youtube that recommends applying a matt varnish to the model before applying the primer but I have not done that myself.
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iain191414 Sep 2021 6:49 a.m. PST

Thanks. Will look into this and keep in mind.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian14 Sep 2021 7:38 a.m. PST

I dunno…. I have painted hundreds of resin figures and ships and have never needed much more than simple cheap primer. Ten years later the paint is still there.

Of course, we need to be specific on what type of resin. The resin that is used for ships from say Combrig, Niko, etc. I generally prime without even washing.

The 3D figures I am getting of Etsy, Fallout Wasteland Warriors etc. and ships from WTJ: Right to simple primer.

The bendy resins (I think it is resin) Mantic is using in their Armada ships is the same way.

The gummy bear figures coming out of Warlord? Jury is till out. They seem to take the primer OK, but its only been a couple months for the paint to dry.

On the other hand, there have been some resins (or plastics – the difference is getting blurred) from Privateer Press that have needed a sonic bath before they would take anything.

Cormac Mac Art14 Sep 2021 1:42 p.m. PST

I've washed with dish soap and scrubbed with an old toothbrush. This was for reaper minis. I undercoat using a watered down white paint from army painter for most plastic minis. I haven't had any issues. I think the washing is the most important part. Be careful with aerosol primers as some resins could react to the spray.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 2:06 p.m. PST

Agree with Cormac – I find a little wash helped the primer stick much better

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