Make a diorama, Gundams smashing the falcon! I have a quick question for you. Thanks for the quick reply! After giving the final coat, let the coat dry for at least 24 hours to attain the smooth texture. Glossy top coat gives your kit a sleek and shiny look, just like a brand-new car. It's review time again, now featuring the Perfect Grade Unleashed RX-78-2 Gundam! There are two primers I use. Hey there, hello, I’m wondering what is the best way of painting and drying a combined part, the reason for it is because I want to remove the seam lines before painting the parts, and most of them are hard to clip because the whole part must be covered with paint, anyone have idea? Hi Syd, just wanna know can we spray paint the model on a cloudy day? Keep in mind, that this method may lead to some knife marks in your plastic. anyway just to confirm that i got it right, 1st i spray a light mist of top coat … let it dry a bit… then go for the wet coat ? It's also worth noting that in my experience, shades of red are generally the hardest colour to completely white out. I plan to use a spray can since I don’t have an airbrush, but recently my friend said that spray can produce a thicker layer of paint than airbrush is that true? Does the same thing as Lacquer paints on gundam markers. 4/. Use the same technique with your top coat, which protects the polish and can also speed up drying time. Step 02 These guidelines for layering will help you figure out how many should be enough. I’ve picked up the Gundam paint markers, and was wondering if I should still do the Priming or masking? To find out how many coats you need, we reached out to celebrity manicurist and NVLA nail polish founder Gina Alcedo, who has painted the nails of Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, and Beyoncé. You see I want to hand paint kits rather than buying spray cans (insufficient funds either for airbrush) I mostly use enamel for painting. Syd made an episode of Gunpla TV ( Episode 12 above ) were he shows how to set up parts for spray painting on a foam piece were the pieces are on top of a barbeque stick held by tape or alligator clips. Topcoat is the final sealing and protective layer to be applied to the model, and nothing should go on top of it. Once you’re satisfied with your modifications, it’s time to paint, but before you lay down primer and/or paint you need to look at your paint scheme and…. Thanks for replying Syd. Any hobby primer should treat you well, whether it's from Mr. Color or Tamiya. spray very lightly, you can use lacquers for panel lines over top of enamel or acrylic top coats. This suit is designed as an extreme example of a elegant fighting machine and as such has armour over top of its armour. Resin, on the other hand, needs both a wash and prime for best results. This time i post a simple tutorial about top coat for gunpla. For me how I mask depends on what I am masking. It will just be on the regular parts (ie. Then when all that is done you can do the matte top coat to finish. If you want to try it yourself, you’re in good hands. I’m working on a reverse wash for Kshatriya’s sleeves. Relevant Point#2: When I’m painting a kit I will use sandpaper (usually 400 grit) to clean off any remaining gate marks. Whats the best top coat to use on gunpla kits when using an airbrush? But here I am and it’s never to late to try something new. I find it that you need to judge by yourself which one you prefer, as matte will get u a realistic kinda feel but semi gloss works also. I mean…. Yes, but how about holding the parts when I’m painting, and by the way I will use spray paint so I wonder how to dry the part after spray painting because almost the whole part would be covered with paint and some parts does not have any hole or anything that I can put a stick and clip on it. First of all a dry and warm day is the perfect day to top coat to spray a good layer of top coat over your beloved Gundam kit or else it will leave a nasty frosty effect which i think we all wouldn’t want on our kits. The white parts like the leg). I’ve been building gunplas for awhile and I’ve just started out painting, but not with the spray cans. Take a foam brush or cloth to apply a thin coat. A single coat won't do much outside of a subtle tint, otherwise. Probably the most common modification is the removal of seam lines. Supposedly, waiting for 2 minutes between coats can help to make your nail polish last longer! Has the ever happened to you (or anyone readingthis), and how do I avoid this from happening again. To hold parts that don’t have a hole I use alligator clips or if those don’t work I use blu-tac to attach the part to the stick. 1. Hi, do you ever airbrush your kits or always use spray cans? Back when I was working on the Musha Mk-II I wrote about how I removed the seam line in the head, so rather than repeat myself, I’ll point you to the article. Common top coats used for smoothing out your glitter polish into a buttery smooth, skateable surface are Essence Gel-Look Top Coat, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, and old gloopy Seche Vite. As well, if there is a part of the frame or armor that snaps into place strongly, with the loud noise, I will often leave that part out of the test build to eliminate the risk of breaking something when it comes time to disassemble. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Note that covering with white primer is going to be time consuming and require a lot of a lot of coats. http://www.naritafamily.com/howto/paint.htm, http://www.google.com/search?q=tamiya+color+chart&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Anm9T5DTMKWOmQXClfEX&ved=0CGcQsAQ&biw=1308&bih=844, https://www.facebook.com/groups/GundamMS/, http://www.gaijin-gunpla.com/gunpla-my-way-out-of-the-box/. How long do we need to wait for it to dry? Gelgoog Guy asked me to me to mention The Army Painter primers. (Well, maybe that's a stretch.) I can always buy acrylic clear coat bottles and thin them before spray painting. 2) I usually wait half a day or so. The reducer’s active-temperature range choice can also play a role. (lacquer primer > acrylic pre and post shade > lacquer top coat)? Mr. color black and Mr. Level Thinner, This is one reason why I think bandai needs to make it so people from other countries can reorder parts, cuz now the $50 model I bought is useless, From what you wrote you didn’t do anything to it to cause it to crumble unless it has been in constant direct sunlight exposure but I think you just go a bad part :/. the problem in painting the inner frame is because of the joints right? Welcome to the top coat tutorial on the Layman's Gunpla Guide.Top coating is an incredibly easy way to add an extra dimension to your Gundam model. Building a kit with the intention of painting calls for a little bit of a different approach than one just out of the box. In top coat nail polishes, the ingredient nitrocellulose is used … Using tiny triangles/squares/diamond shapes I cover the surface that is to be masked. Remember - most table top epoxies require thin pours, meaning you'll need to apply multiple layers to achieve a thicker coat. Difficulty GradesTerminologyBuilding EquipmentDetailing EquipmentPainting EquipmentMisc EquipmentGlue Guide, Project FlowchartConstruction GuideDetail LinesDecals & StickersTop Coats, Paint Space PrepPaint TypesSampling PaintsPaint ReferencesPrimingAirbrushingPreshadingSpray CansDecanting PaintsMaskingCamouflageHand Painting, Weathering (Old Tutorial)Weathering General However i do know that acrylic tends to scratch easily. The best is proper modelling masking tape. Opting for a blue, black and gun metal/silver theme! So I'd say put on more TOP coats. Painting black on a yellow piece; no problem. so I was wondering if clear green Mr. Hobby paint can leave an identical effect as the Tamiya clear green. The two top coat layers insure two things: a completely smooth finish, and a secure seal after filing the rough tips. Because I’ve been painting and once the paint dries, then apply the panel lining. Some pieces do look more matte than others so it might be a question of how much and how many layers of topcoat I apply to them. I explained the procedure in the Out of the Box Post so I won’t be redundant and repeat it again here. Each layer of primer coat you apply to a plastic miniature will slowly build up in the recesses. Thank you! The key part is that it generally sprays very well and drives thin and smooth. I used to use Gloss or Semi-gloss extensively but I’ve moved more towards Flat recently. Best bet is apply light coats of the top coat. Keep me updated on your progress, Whats up Syd! I found that people were split on using enamels to spray a gundam. Can I spray clear flat lacquer on enamel paint? You’ll need that coat to not only protect the paint you just applied but also prepare for Panel Lining and Markings. When thinning paints, what ratio do you recommend on I’m having troubles with my build burning since I wanna paint it with denial gundam colors. Do you have a tutorial episode in gunplaTV on how to use putty? so shall i build up the whole kit 1st and decals it than break it down for painting and than rebuild it back or paint it as i build? It was a crazy thought that just popped in my head. Some Tamiya paints can be harder on plastic than others. If you have any type of breathing problem, then it is recommended that you do not use the spray technique to coat your table-top. I've heard future can take up to a week to cure, but around the board i see 24 hours. If the eye sticker wasn’t there, it would look odd. Gunpla are manufactured by Bandai in Japan, or China, which has an exclusive license in manufacturing and marketing the kits around the world. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Top Coat $4.97 buy it “Skipping a topcoat not only cuts down on the shiny finish of the manicure but it also shortens the longevity of the manicure,” Candido says. If I missed anything be sure to leave a comment. I ended up running out mid-way on the Heavyarms, but luckily I had an extra can of Testors Dullcote. Matte top coat seals the applied panel lines. I do have a question about the lacquer top coat, unfortunately where I live I can only buy car paints (which are expensive ) as there are no hobby shops! Once the panel line is cleaned up and dry you can gloss top coat it again to protect it before moving onto the markings or you can go straight to the markings. I will try this later. These lines have dried for about 2 weeks. How do you address repainting kits that have already been topcoated? More shows dear Sirs! Spray in thin layers and let dry before spraying again. HLJ use to do it but I just noticed the service is temporarely suspended. The previously mentioned peg-cutting method is very important here. Looking to build a Gundam model? Wish me luck on my first try with my MG Deathscythe Hell EW! Tutorial Top Coat Gunpla, Clear Matt effect on gunpla by Putra Shining Welcome to Putaro Plastic Modeller! The more coats of basecoat clear applied, the longer it will take to dry. I wouldn’t use Scotch tape as likely it will leave some residue behind when you pull it off. Jessica Washick, creative director at NYC-based nail salon Van Court , agrees that three coats of nail polish is plenty. I did a gloss black on a part and I wanted to paint a flat red or blue over it, is it possible or will the smoothness of the gloss gives me a problem, if you can give me some tips hor to paint on a glossy paint will be much appreciated tnx. I plan on ordering MG Wing Gundam but the center jewel is a clear part rather than a clear green part and I looked online to find a online U.S seller that sells clear green Tamiya enamel paint and I had no luck. One EXTREMELY DIFFICULT question: A few questions (many thanks if you have time to answer them): (1) Do you top coat the inner frame as well or just the armor? When you have sanded down the first coat and finished preparing for the second coat, then you are now ready to pour on the second layer of epoxy resin. I put the eye sticker on because I like to take pictures when the test build is complete, and occasionally do a review. hello syd, i kinda intend to paint my MG destiny later on, well it’s not builded yet. Started working on my stack of kits. Thanks, I asked coz’ i’m planning to paint a kit, but it has some shallow panel lines so i’m afraid it will get sanded off. Priming Gundam kits isn’t always a necessity (though some disagree on that point). Besides from Mr. Hobby and Tamiya? Will you be painting more than one color on the same piece, which means masking? Many modellers wash the frames before building. Hi, would like to ask a silly question here, my gunpla is finished only with panel lining, what if I directly spray matte finish to my gunpla? Does this Matt Cote do the same thing as Mr Hobby’s Top coat? There are several types of top coat such as gloss, semi-gloss, and matte (flat). Whether it's the lightness of the white, or a thinner mix that's used, you're going to spend more time applying coats than simply going with a darker colour. After, I plan to clean up the white trim with some Zippo lighter fluid. It most likely will make it look slightly darker/balance it out visually depending how many layers you use. If you don’t plan on modifying anything on the suit before painting you can skip this section, but if you are considering it, maybe I can help. I have access Tamiya and Testor. The flat coat won’t really make you lose the metallic effect but that metal look won’t be as shiny. Relevant Point #9: Flat top coat reacts more to moisture/humidity/overspray than the gloss so be careful when using it. Gel Coat Application Guide Photo credit IStock Photo. Hi. My other method spares you the knife marks but can be more time consuming. Ive looked online but have only found colors if i mix them myself not straight spray can colors though. Love your work an Gunpla TV thx for all the tips man! After giving the final coat, let the coat dry for at least 24 hours to attain the smooth texture. I hope you are wearing a respirator when you use Mr Super Clear. I was just wondering if thats what you used to use because its got a semi-gloss finnish and also is a flat top coat just a flat/matte clear lacquer??? Enamels don’t affect lacquer top-coats (unless you overdo it.) I see, I got the idea now, thank you very much. Another thing I tend to do is not use any stickers during the test build except for the eye sticker. I really can't help too much since I'm new to coating things myself. Because of this it’s important to assemble the kit in a way which allows you to disassemble it easily. This is very important. It’s easier to do the dark over the light than to spray dark, then mask, then prime and finally paint a light coat. This particular product, some of them say that they're fast-drying. I’ll check it out. 3) Do you top coat your pieces first before applying markings such as decals and panel lines or do you apply it at the painted pieces? Chances are people in America, or at least outside of Japan, will be far more knowledgable than myself. Thak you for the fast reply, Syd. You probably do not need to wash the part either but it does not hurt at all. Will the frame be painted? 2 coats externally and only 2 colours. I know a lot of people use lineart/photoshop to design/color their scheme before putting down paint. While in Taiwan I had the good fortune of ready access to spray paints, since setting up this little site and receiving letters from other modelers, it's become apparent that good modeling spray cans aren't available in many areas. But also want to just make it look less plactic. I know you made one about spray cans in episode 12, but I was hoping if you can make another one that is more detailed and explains how to use top coats, masking etc. and I dont like the blue I wanted to spray paint it black. With Piggy Paint, for maximum durability you can also use Basecoat + Sealer over the top of Topcoat to lock in the color. For the Hi-Nu, I separated its body parts (head, torso, arms, lower body, funnels, fuel tank, and weapons), laid them out on a flat surface, and sprayed on some Mr. Hobby flat Top Coat. As for now, here's another tutorial/guide that I wrote for From Japan. Hi.Dumb Question do you add stickers to the kid too or just the decals?Another question:Do you fix the kit first then prime,paint,top coat or do you just prime,paint,top coat on the runners instead.Which do you think would be btr? Do you mean crumbled as in simply falling appart or did the pieces litteraly fell into bits of plastics ? More or less, this is how I do it. If you have any type of breathing problem, then it is recommended that you do not use the spray technique to coat your table-top. This final coat is often referred to as “top coating”.) The Bio Seaweed Gel system features a skim coat how many coats for gel nails, leading layer, shade and also strengthener done in a solitary container. Paint like a tamiya will dry quickly but you should play it safe and give it time, half a day or more, before touching the piece again. Hi Syd, One on each side and a quick one across the top. http://www.google.com/search?q=tamiya+color+chart&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Anm9T5DTMKWOmQXClfEX&ved=0CGcQsAQ&biw=1308&bih=844. I’m in Canada and the only spray paints I can find are Lacquer based. Relevant Point#7: If you use spray can and top coat can as I do chances are you’re using lacquers. Resist the urge to use your topcoat as a base coat and vice versa. The amount of layers depends in the color. I haven't primed with my airbrush yet and, depending on who you ask, results from various brands & methods come off as too inconsistent for me to comment on. Whether you like it or not, a base coat, two coats of color, and a topcoat are necessary for a picture-perfect manicure. i’m preparing to paint my SD kit for the 1st time and i have one lingering question. In this case maybe the option is to paint it with a Mr. Hobby topcoat before putting the Tamiya paint on. Leave plenty of time for the paint from the markers to dry properly. And YES YES YES to two top coats. affeinvasion. Just kidding! Thanks. If you enjoy what it is you do and are satisfied with the result, how can it be wrong? Starting to loose faith on these gundam markers for panel lines. The guys are just making sure you got the message that you sprayed too many coats, especially if that "base" was actually SS metallic. Once the decals are on the final phase is…. Dec 9, 2020 That is why too many coats can fail or at the very least, smudge more readily." If you’re looking over your current epoxy job and you are unhappy with the finish, then it may be time to consider pouring a second coat. Acrylic based top coat are less likely to smear. First of all a dry and warm day is the perfect day to top coat to spray a good layer of top coat over your beloved Gundam kit or else it will leave a nasty frosty effect which i think we all wouldn’t want on our kits. I always take everything off the runners and then proceed to work on it, paint it, top coat it, decal or sticker it, and top coat it a final time. Also I guess I have another question, since the selection of spray cans where I live is pretty small, could I used spray paints that are not specifically for models, but still are ok for plastic? Do you spray the topcoat on using the same technique as you spraypaint? For example, if I wanted to paint a zoid with a clear cockpit that is tinted orange. I prefer the realistic look, just hope I can find some matte lacquer lol, Hi, I’m planning to paint my next kit. hehehe! Anime and Manga - Gundam This is a split board - You ... Tell me how the top coat went on your strike's decals if you finish it by monday Will do. I don’t have any experience with Testors enamel sprays. It's been long time since the last update. Two coats of the desired polish should be applied. If the finish is to be different then I’ll spray the one finish before masking then the second after the second color is painted and before I remove the masking. My first kit which is on ordered is the MG Exia. Another bad thing about applying many coats is that poly tends to get … Id probably recommend a two pack yacht pain if I knew more about those. This way your scriber should start/stop at the correct spot. If you want to sand the part usually it is around the gate mark to smooth it down. If you do not, the lacquer topcoat can lift the panel lines and make a mess. 3/. If there is an area of the section I missed, I will cut a very small triangular shape of tape and cover it up. Use #122-A Gel Coat Thickness Gauge to ensure proper thickness is achieved. The key to an even manicure is two coats of three strokes each -- that's it. Thanks again for the tip. For my first kit I want try it and see how I like gunpla. They are small and the fit is so precise that it can be hard to disassemble afterwards. Oct 26, 2017 2,258. I’ve been looking at either getting some spray cans or borrowing a friends air brush. Is it possible to paint the part (multiple layers until its fully painted), then lacquer topcoat it (which is better? 1) If I am using enamel based paints for panel lining, which layer should I do this on? Now my question is when should I do mt top coat(matte)? Dark colors, like black, often need only one coat but lighter colors may need more. Any big difference between tamiya spray paints and industrial ones? thanks for the tips . It’s always best to do it on a dry day but you can paint on a cloudy day if the humidity is low. I would suggest taking it apart by sections (arms, torso, legs, feet, etc) and then spray the sections but you can add a top-coat now. Note that covering with white primer is going to be time consuming and require a lot of a lot of coats. If I’ve gone through the trouble of painting a kit I want it to look great right down to the markings so this is where the water-slide decals come in. Today I'll be talking about the HG Exia kit, specifically the Repair II version that makes its grand appearance … 2/. Just bought myself a RG Aile Strike but kinda messed up alot on sanding the nubs so intend to paint back the kit. More if the weather deteriorates. I have a few backlog Gunpla kits now, hope to build them soon! The panel line marker will work fine here but many experienced modelers will opt to use the Panel line wash method. Remember, this is how I go about doing things and other people will likely do things differently (and some even condemn me for doing it ‘incorrectly’) but remember, this is a hobby. Always heard about top coat here, top… The final top-coat determines your finish. 2. What color will you be using? Check back in the future as I plan on testing them out for The Guide. As for a high gloss u can pretty much see the lightbulb on it and a semi is in between those two. I followed the advice of the Hobby Shops to get the Mr. Hobby Top Coat, but there’s a problem: When painting on dark-colored paints (such as black or red marker paint), the color tends to lighten and worse still, not being able to protect the paint from smudging. Top Coat: Final layer of paint on the kit, usually either clear acrylic or clear lacquer, used to protect all the work done (painting, decals, weathering etc.). The easiest way would be to find a can of clear spray. It depends on the top coat you use for how many coats are required. As long as you pour in 1/8" layers, you can get as thick an ArtResin coat as you'd like. Helped me a lot. Once gel coat has tacked up, about 20 minutes after final layer has been applied, lay … Mfg suggest spraying lighter coats, which means I will need three coats to get to the 3.5 to 5 mil. Hi, I don’t want to step on Syd’s toes (especially on his great site) but I wanted to mention that you should let the enamels cure completely before spraying. There is a calculator below for determining how much you’ll need. Oh, ok i get it now. Top coat is a transparent coat of paint that is used as a sealer, a "save point" to be exact. For that, all you really need is some model cement and some sand paper. To find out how many coats you need, we reached out to celebrity manicurist and NVLA nail polish founder Gina Alcedo, who has painted the nails … It is also good if the weather is warm. If you’re looking over your current epoxy job and you are unhappy with the finish, then it may be time to consider pouring a second coat. Unpainted kits can look great with just a nice top coat while painted kits will gain that extra umph. Thank you for the answers. Redditor? NIce post I too use spray cans. 2) I have an airbrush for which I am able to use Humbrol’s Matt Cote product. You can do that. When sanding down the cement and putty, what is the best grit to use or at least start with. thanks for your informative post. After panel lining and applying the decals, the last step is applying a layer of top coat. i’ve been wondering the same for the panel lining too since in your demo you’re using enamel paint as well. All my gunpla are unpainted and i wish to go a step forward and start painting all my new gunplas. If my first kit comes out good I’ll enter it the the contest and see how I do. Can i paint the whole frame itself or should i disassemble then paint? One on each side and a quick one across the top. 1) Do you sand down the pieces after priming or not? Apply gel coat in 4-5 layers at approximately 5 mils each, allowing 15-20 minutes between layers for a total thickness of 20-25 mils. But Bellissima has a top coat that literally dries in 60 seconds. Mr. Top Coat, 2. It most likely will make it look slightly darker/balance it out visually depending how many layers you use. Thanks. A good coat of primer creates a nice consistent coat for paint to stick to. Back from the dead, it's Baby TheEnd with a new gunpla review! repair, or finish coating, we strongly recommend using Duratec High Gloss Additive to thin the gelcoat and allow it to flow and cure like a paint. These should be used outside as they tend to put a lot of particulates into the air (white especially). I’ve done a lot of masking in my time and have my own system that works pretty well, though I’m sure there are better methods. That’s the general rule I follow. This has been the way I approach it. Check out r/Gunpla & r/Gundam. I use a CV and require 3.5 to 5 mil dry per mfg recommendation.