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GUYS:

I have another repaint question for you.

I have a model of The Thing whose space suit was painted in the wrong color---brown.
I want to repaint it to the correct color--flat black/dark grey

1. Instead of buying an expensive airbrush, is it possible to repaint it using a spray can of acrylic flat black/dark grey paint?
2. Would primer have to be applied to the brown paint before applying the flat black/dark grey paint?


Wrong color--brown.

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Correct color--flat black/dark grey.

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Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:52 pm
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In this case I would use a brush, the clothing on the figure is much different than
the surface of a tank or plane. Choose the color and brush it on and then highlight
or darken areas as needed. Darker color in the recessed areas.


Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:22 pm
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Unless the bits like the head and hands are removable, I wouldn't want to mask that off for spraying. I'd probably brush paint it myself or just start over.


Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:16 pm
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Thanks for the info.

I've used a brush to touch up small scratches, etc., but not on large areas (the figure is over 11" high), so I have more questions:

1. The paint might be too thick and cover up details on the space suit--how do I determine the correct consistency?
2. How do I avoid brush strokes?
3. Do I need to use primer, then acrylic paint?
4. What brush size is best?


Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:47 pm
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1. Make sure you shake the bottle of paint then stir it, this will mix the paint
to the consistency the manufacturer intended.
I use Tamiya paint and if it needs to be thinned, I use their X-20A thinner.
Sometimes I thin the paint when using my airbrush but most of the time its right
out of the bottle.

2. You shouldn't have problems with brush strokes, most paints flow nicely
over the surface. Here you're painting clothing with folds and creases, you might
want to show that by using light and dark shades of the same color.

3. You can use primer but your figure has been painted already, I'd paint right
over it.

4. Any model store / hobby shop paint brush should do just fine.

5. Most important...have fun, experiment and learn.


Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:12 am
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I would echo what normandy said , I prefer to use Vallejo for brush painting as I find it thicker and work better with brush than Tamiya (Vallejo for brush not for airbrush as they make both versions).


Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:29 am
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GUYS:

Thanks for the info.

This is the same Billiken kit as my The Thing, but this one is painted correctly.
This is either very dark grey or black.


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I finally found this from the colorized version of the movie.


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Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:42 am
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