“Oh no, I’ve done it now.” You have just applied an excessive amount of paint to your model, resulting in large drooping paint globs on what was previously a flawless model. That flawless contest-winning ending you were looking for has suddenly turned into a complete mess.
However, everything is not lost. With a little effort, you can correct almost any paint error that you have made on your contest model. You may get a flawless finish by using a meticulous paint sanding process.
Various Techniques of Correcting Paint
You may correct almost every error you make by using four techniques: paint standing, re-spray, paint shine, and wax. I’ll teach you how to apply these strategies to your model in order to get it back to contest-level performance.
In order to remedy an overspray or orange peel problem that you have caused on your model paints, the first method we will utilize is paint standing. Orange peel is just excess paint that has been applied too thickly, resulting in the surface of your model seeming to be the exterior of an orange. The quickest and most straightforward solution I’ve discovered for correcting this kind of scenario is to just use sandpaper to scrape away the excess paint. The most difficult element of this is to avoid touching into the features that protrude from the surface of your model.
Sandpaper comes in a variety of grades and grits. Sandpaper may be divided into two categories: rough and fine. Rough sandpaper is available in grit levels ranging from 100 to 1000. The lower the number, the more difficult the task. When it comes to serious paint removal, I normally use 320 grit. Fine sandpaper is available in grades ranging from 2000 to 12000 grit. This tiny grit is one of the secrets to achieving a flawless finish.
Sandpaper is available in a variety of various backings. The cloth backing is preferable to the less expensive paper backing since I normally use just the wet sanding method. Wet sanding is when you use water to lubricate the surface of the model, and it normally works better for my model paints.
The first step is to allow your paint error to totally dry. Then begin removing the uneven paint with a rough grain sandpaper, taking care not to scrape into any of the model’s plastic details. When I need to go into tight spaces, I’ll cut the sandpaper into extremely little pieces and hold them or attach them to wooden “tools.” Paint thinner will be used to soften paint accumulation around specific parts, bearing in mind that you do not want to harm the plastic by using too much.
Repaint with a high-quality spray paint
Continue the sanding and re-spraying procedure until you are pleased with the result. You are now ready to fine-sand the paint to a smooth finish. The sandpaper that I like to use is sandwiched between two pieces of foam, which allows it to adapt more readily to the surface of the model. Each phase makes use of the wet sanding process, which involves the use of water. Change the direction of your sanding strokes and try not to use too much pressure. The surface of your model paints should be quite even and smooth at the completion of this paint sanding cycle. This will prepare us for the following phase, which is polishing the paint.