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    So I have a new toy coming...

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    I want to put a little paint on it to pick out some details. I have no experience with clear resin nor painting without priming. I did a quick search on this site and came up with nothing. I have plenty of inks and washes that I can water down to use to get the low areas, but how do I go about hitting the high areas? Any tips / warnings, special techniques, or can I paint normally?

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    Perhaps try a translucent type of paint to preserve the original resin? Like a Vallejo Transparent or Tamiya Clear?

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    Here's an "It depends on what result you're after" answer.
    If you want to retain clear areas then ordinary priming is out the window, you'll have to selectively mask areas and then spray the rest with Testors Dullcoate.
    This WILL make the clear resin go soft and cloudy in appearance, but will give you a 'tooth' on which to paint.

    The problems you will face is that the clear areas will show the reverse side of the painted areas, so you may want to limit your painting to washes, for best effect.
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    thanks guys.

    Instead of masking and spraying, do you think a brush-on varnish would work, or even just a matte medium?

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    There is a discussion on the Reaper boards about the translucent green and red Bones figures. Granted they are not clear, but there may be something in the thread that may give you some ideas: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/inde...ls#entry738456

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    I have 2 other options for priming clear minis: Uno- use some dullcote. I've tried other sealers, but they usually give a frosted look to the clear plastic. Also, they do make a clear gesso but this is not "crystal" clear, so expect some fuzziness. You could try matte medium if it's what you got on hand, but I wouldn't expect as good a result as with primer. When you paint clear things, I think an airbrush is optimal because you can do the zenthial light "misting". If you want to do colors, I'm thinking light washes with inks, but I wouldn't let them pool very much. My thinking is the depth of the clear mini gives a darkening effect anyways. Please post when you get this done, as I was thinking of trying some of the Reaper Bones green/red ones and would like to see how someone handled it!

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    awesome thread Bloodhowl, thanks. I have dullcote, I'll give that a try on a few of the pieces and see what happens. I can always scrub it off if it doesn't pan out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodhowl View Post
    There is a discussion on the Reaper boards about the translucent green and red Bones figures. Granted they are not clear, but there may be something in the thread that may give you some ideas: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/inde...ls#entry738456
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    Quote Originally Posted by gohkm View Post
    Perhaps try a translucent type of paint to preserve the original resin? Like a Vallejo Transparent or Tamiya Clear?
    Another possibility, which I've seen used on clear model parts like aircraft canopies, is to dip the piece in Future floor finish (now sold as 'Pledge with Future Shine'), which is a clear gloss acrylic. Once the piece has been painted, gloss/satin/matte clear topcoats can be used to establish whatever level of glossiness is desired.

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    OK take a look at http:/ccmodelworks.com where Chris Clayton has used "Klear" to get the shine on the visor, then airbrushed the colour to get the toned effect.


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