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Raymond Morehouse
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So finally took the plunge on painting my set. Its been 24 hours since I primed them and the minis are still sticky.

I can scrape off the paint with a finger nail, but it takes a lot of pressure.

I thoroughly cleaned the minis.

I primed with Plasti-Kote Matt Black, for plastics.

Any similar issues with priming these? Any solutions? Am I better off stripping them and starting over? If so, which primer?
 
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Sorry that I can't be any help with regards to solving your current situation but if you do decide to go for the final option of stripping and respraying; I recommend Army Painter primers. I've used both black and white over the course of painting Descent and a couple of other games and never had a problem; I've even forgotten to wash a few models (oops) and they turned out fine!
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Thanks, Bert. I have used Army Painter as well, but though I would cut some cost. Maybe a mistake in the long run... Good to know that they work with Descent minis
 
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Paint wouldn't cure so had to be stripped. Test layer of Army Painter looks good. I wish I had tested the other stuff. Live and learn....
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Paint wouldn't cure so had to be stripped. Test layer of Army Painter looks good. I wish I had tested the other stuff. Live and learn....


At least you knew that you should use a primer. Descent was my first ever attempt at painting; I started by being a complete cheapskate and trying to get away with not using primer.

I'm not going to lie, it works. More or less. But the effect of using a primer is HUGE! We all learn our lessons eventually, some of us just need to learn for ourselves.
 
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I actually had a similar problem with spray sealant years ago. Unfortunately I donot remember the brand used. I suspect that the problem was that I didn't shake the spray-can well enough to mix the chemicals.

This was for a home-made chess set that took hundreds of hours to hand-craft (using polymer clay) and prime and paint. It's been 10 years, and they are STILL sticky to the touch!!!

Smart of you to realize that you needed to strip and re-prime. There was no way I was doing that with my pieces without destroying them. Might try 3d scanning them and printing a copy...

Lesson is: don't cheap out, and try your primer or sealant on something before using it on your masterpiece.
 
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Yeah, I have also read that some paints can react to materials. They then cannot cure completely and you are left with a malleable surface. I was worried that the paint had corroded my minis, but they look like they will be ok.
 
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Soldier wrote:
So finally took the plunge on painting my set. Its been 24 hours since I primed them and the minis are still sticky.

I can scrape off the paint with a finger nail, but it takes a lot of pressure.

I thoroughly cleaned the minis.

I primed with Plasti-Kote Matt Black, for plastics.

Any similar issues with priming these? Any solutions? Am I better off stripping them and starting over? If so, which primer?

I use games workshop black and white primer sprays. I can start painting in less than 1 hour after they are primed.

Also shake your cans well before you spray. Or else you get a very bad result that is going to affect the way you paint and the overall finish of the product. And I'm speaking on an amateur level.
 
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