So I wanted to talk about prepping models for painting. Right now I have basically 3 things that I use, and I wonder if anyone else has any different products or techniques. It seems like I always have a lot of stuff to print and paint, and I got a game to run. So I tend to go with speed over time.
I do most of my printing at .2mm on a Lulzbot Taz 5 for larger stuff and I try and pack the bed pretty regularly. I'll do some more detailed pieces on an Ultimaker 2 Go (I bounce between .2mm, .15mm, sometimes .1). I do rougher prints to save time and assume my next step will help even out surface detail. I rarely do light sanding prior to priming. I almost always print with cheap white PLA. For high detailed stuff and my heroforge moels, I use a Form 1+ resin printer with Gray v3 resin.
Rustoleum Sandable Filler/Primer - I love this stuff, but I normally only use 1 coat. I'm sure 3 coats would really be better.
Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze - Used this for the first time today and it looked impressive. This stuff goes down thick and looks like it will self level pretty nicely. I am worried that I might lose some detail. I am also unsure how it will paint and if I will need to put a primer on top of it. Smells horrible.
XTC 3D - 2 part epoxy coating made to self level on 3d prints. This stuff wasn't worth the hassle for me. It is messy, has a short work time and I tend to put too much on and it runs.
- Vallejo Plastic Putty - This stuff is great for repairing small print issues, hiding seems or creating transitions after mating multiple parts. A little goes a long way, dries fast and has no order (my tamiya putty stinks up the whole room).
Afterwards, I normally jump right into acrylic paints (sometimes I'll use a spray paint black primer first to get a good dark base). I normally use either Vallejo or Army Painter acrylics that I pickup from the local gaming store.
I'm currently not using anything to seal afterwards. Is that necessary? Any recommendations on that front?
I'd like to hear what you guys like to do for base designs. I know that some go for beveled or slightly curved edges, but personally, I take a straight edge which mimics laser cut MDF, which is what I ordered for basing prior to 3D printing, and is still. in my opinion, a great universal way to base your models. Also, any good base designs to share?