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Old 10-20-2015, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've tried to touch up small areas on models where the paint has chipped on various Gemini 200 models over the years. When I use Testors enamel to touch up it rubs off so easily even after allowing it to cure for a couple of days. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
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Maybe it doesn't stick to the metal? I have the same problem too...
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Maybe it doesn't stick to the metal? I have the same problem too...
Yeah I think that might be the issue.
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I have used both enamels and acrylics and have not had an issue with them coming off. Is there by chance oil or something on where you are trying to paint, because that will cause it to peel off.
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Can I see a few pictures of the damage? You would probably need to paint over the Gemini paint a bit, and use fine sandpaper and smoothen the paint out. Then use a bit of glossy paint to gloss it.
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As alluded to, try washing the model with mild dishwashing soap and warm water, and allow to air-dry. The idea of using sandpaper is a good one, fine grit in the range of 1000-1200 should do fine without leaving any gouges or noticeable marks beneath a light coat of touch-up paint.
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Or maybe you could try a different brand?
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Or maybe you could try a different brand?
The brand of paint will not matter, there has to be a reason why its not sticking.
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Oh. I thought the brand matters. Sorry!
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I'd go with the washing the surface with a good oil removing soap.

Then you could use a dullcote to act as a clear primer. Paint, then seal with glosscote.
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Use a primer.
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Wash the model with soap and water. Oil, even the little bit from your hands and fingers, is the most likely reason the paint is not sticking.

I'll echo other posts and say I have never had an issue.
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I've used Testor's paints for well over 40 years on far more than just modelling projects, but one thing I found helped out enormously . . . did you mix the paint thoroughly before applying? The paint can separate (even though it may appear to be well mixed) causing a weak mixture to be applied.

Cleaning and priming are essential as well.
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Thanks all for the suggestions!
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