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  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Painting photo etched
Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:35 AM

First time working with photo etched parts.  I like the seatbelts included in the detail up parts set for Tamiya‘s Zero.  I’m terrible at painting the belts when they are already molded in the seat.  Here’s the question.  Every tutorial I see shows the modeler installing the photo etched belts and then painting.  Wouldnt it make more sense to paint first then install?

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:52 AM

I always paint mine before fitting. The main issue is that the belts need to be bent or folded to the right shape and the paint can crack when doing this.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:11 AM

In that case yes.Ship railings too.Some pieces are better installed 1st,like exhaust covers tool clamps and the like,painted after attaching on armor models.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:52 AM

Thanks gentlemen.  I thought about cracking paint.  It wouldn’t be the end of the world to touch up once installed.  I just removed the belts from the photo etched fret.  That was a timely process.  I thought a light touch with a knife would remove them.  It took a little finesse to finally free them.  So I’m going to clean the parts, prime, paint, install, and touch up any cracked paint.  Is that the right process?

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:04 AM

That's mine.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:13 AM

I paint mine while still on the fret, but the process is the same.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:15 AM

Mine too.

Glad you mentioned priming. I use mostly acrylic paints and they don't adhere to PE well, so a good primer is important. Especially the belts. Unprimed, touching them the wrong way can flex them and pop unprimed paint right off.

-Greg

  • Member since
    April 2019
  • From: Alabama
Posted by Srpuln10 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:36 AM

What's the best kind of primer for PE? 

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:58 AM

Srpuln10

What's the best kind of primer for PE? 

 

I always spray Mr Surfacer 1200 if I can get it,or Tamiya Extra Fine.Works for me,have not had a problem with paint adhesion or peeling off.

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:41 PM

I try to preform them and then paint.  Stick them with a dab of CA or white glue.  Once in the pit they aren't going to see a lot of abuse.

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    January 2010
Posted by rob44 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1:02 PM

After I wash the PE, I brush on some vinegar for a few minutes. then wash it off. I think the mild acid etches the surface and makes the paint adhere better.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 6:12 PM

I used Tamiya fine spray primer.  Worked well and had very little touch up after installing the belts.  I think I’m sold on PE for aircraft seat belts.

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