Printing models in Fine detail plastic involves adding wax support and cleaning it using hot oil bath. This can leave slightly oily residue on the models that may prevent paint from adhering correctly.
This tutorial will describe how to prepare your models for painting.
Before post processing your models always inspect the quality. If there are any issues on the model, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cleaning the models
Small wax remainders can be cleaned using a toothpick or a cotton swab.
The easiest way to degrease the models is to submerge them into a mild solution of hot water and dish soap. The water temperature should be around 70ºC/158ºF. Let the parts soak for a couple of hours, the water may turn cloudy. If needed, this process can be repeated. You can also use an ultrasonic cleaning machine.
In the end your model should have quite white color and be completely rid of any oils. Please note that this makes the model slightly more fragile so please handle it with care.
Another way to clean the models is to dip them in acetone for about 5 minutes. Please make sure you clean the model with water afterwards.
You can gently polish your model using fine grit sandpaper or a toothpaste and a toothbrush. Please make sure you don't rub away any fine details.
General painting tips
Always use primer before you start painting your models.
The ordinary model kit paints can be used. Mix the paint properly, then apply only a thin layer of paint and let it dry for 6 hours. It is better to apply several thin layers of paint rather than one thick layer.
For darker color we suggest diluting them.It is best to dilute darker colours. Please note that the paint will seep into deeper surfaces so always start painting them first.
Usage of gloss paint should be avoided. Satin and matte paints will improve the looks of your kit.
Specific painting tips
If desired, the interior can be painted too. Please mind that the material is semi-transparent, which means that the interior colour will be visible on the exterior too. Therefore apply the exterior colour first on the interior side. The second layer should be the final interior paint.
To improve the looks it is advised to paint the inner areas and ridges of the pillars in a dark grey or brown paint. This will make the pillars appear much slimmer.
The final step is painting details such as lamps, bumpers, striping, licence plates, etc.