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    1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    So this is my first time to actually paint something, and I somehow want it to be ok. (Not perfect). I am somhow stuck on how to decide what color to paint my kshatriya. There are two colors, green and dark green, I would like to make mine, dark green and darker green. I have read somewhere that primer helps a paint fo dark, so my question is, if I use dark grey (not black) will I get my expected result?

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    The light the primer the lighter/brighter the color will be. The darker the darker the primer the darker the paint will be. What I recommend is that you go to the store and buy a box of plastic spoons. Take 4 of these spoons and spray two of spoons with gray primer and 2 with white primer. Once the primer is dry spray the light green onto 1 of the white and gray spoons. Then spray be the dark green on the other 2 spoons. This is one way you can test how the color of the primer will affect the color of the paint.

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    Does primer make nub marks unnoticable?

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    Quote Originally Posted by Narrokk View Post
    Does primer make nub marks unnoticable?
    Yes. Prime makes it easier to see any defect in the plastic.

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    But, i dont want to sand my gunpla, Im thinking, put on primer, then paint, if I do this, will it ruin my gunpla because I did not sand it?

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    If you don't at you won't be happy with the results. You really should trim the nubs then sand them down. Just like you should glue the seams lines, fill them with plastic, and sand then smooth before you prime them.

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    The problem with not sanding a kit is that the primer makes the scratches more pronounced, then if you just paint it the paint will almost "Highlight" the bad marks. A simple sanding will go a long ways to making the paint a nice smooth paint. Other wise you could have the best paint Job out there, but the nub marks will destroy the looks of it.


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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    I would apply more than just one layer of paint.

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    Is gluing the seam lines necessary? I'm planning not to, just sanding the parts, then prime, then paint. Because i really dont know how to use cement and how to paint them when cemented. I'm sorry I'm a total noob.
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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    No you don't "have to" do that it is personal preference. Most guys are so used to seeing that done on every build it has become second nature to most builders to do that. If you don't want to do it, then don't. It is your kit.


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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    What i actually did is, Remove the parts from the runners usin xacto knife, and build. Should I buy buffer sticks also to somehow "sand" the parts first before priming?

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    The buffer sticks would help smooth out the nub marks. Could you post a picture or 2 so we can see what the nub makes look like.

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

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    I hope you could see the nub marks
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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    I can see them despite the the photo no being very clear. If you want the best results you should sand the nubs.

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    Re: 1st time painting gunpla model (kshatriya HGUC)

    Honestly, if this is your first kit, to try painting. With the understanding that it won't be perfect, don't fret and just go for. As long as you learn something along the way your good. If you don't want to bother sanding and glueing don't worry about. Practice your painting, and you'll know more about what you need to do next time. If there is one certainty with this hobby. Your always gonna buy another kit.
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