How do you "paint" the edges of your parts?

Discussion in 'Tips & FAQs' started by Rhaven Blaack, Jul 16, 2014.


How do you "paint" the edges of your parts?

  1. Use paint (watercolors or acrylics) with a "dry" brush.

  2. Wet colours pencil

  3. felt tip pens

  4. OTHER

  5. I do not paint the edges.

  1. mbauer

    mbauer Cardstock Model designer

    At present use felt tip pens.

    Used watercolors in the past, they work great to match but a couple of times used to much, paper got wet and warped. Never heard of the dry-brush technique, will try it to see if it will work.

    Used pastels as well, only issue there is when the little color balls fall off and then it is easy to smear the color on the paper.

    Colored pencils kept "flaring" the edge of the paper, making the joint more noticeable than if just leaving it white.

    Still testing the waters, thinking it might worth the effort to re-try the watercolors using the dry brush technique. Thank you for posting it!

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  2. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I would like to see your progress and how the dry brush technique works for you!
  3. cdwheatley

    cdwheatley Member

    I use watercolour pencils. I wet a brush, not too much, then use it to lift some of the colour from the tip of the pencil and apply it to the edge of the card. I have a box of 36 different coloured pencils at the moment and I've never failed to get a good colour match yet.
  4. SCEtoAux

    SCEtoAux Member

    I use Prang brand colored pencils for the most part. You can dip them quickly in some water or use your tongue to wet them then apply the color to the cut edge. You can blend the colors to try and match the adjacent color. Sometimes just using a shade of grey works too. It helps to use something like a bone folder to compress the cut edge before you color. That helps to keep the fuzzies to a minimum and gets rid of the annoying ridge that sometimes shows up after cutting.

    Prismacolor pencils and some oil pastels are used sometimes, too. I always do the edging with the printing facing away from me so when the pencil or pastel slips it will not mar the graphics.
  5. Capt.Jack

    Capt.Jack New Member

    I m using water colours thats my favorite. Sometimes using "Pastelkreide " . I dont know the exat word in english ( Sorry) So i do the weathering at my AT-AT.
  6. SCEtoAux

    SCEtoAux Member

    Pastelkreide looks to be pastel chalk.:)
  7. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I try to make sure there are not edges. Eliminate all tabs, use strips, then the surfaces will line up and this will become a non issue.
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  8. Martinus

    Martinus New Member

    Someone used the technique you describe, zathros, (and some coloured pencils) to great effect when building my Ebon Hawk model. I'll have to try it with my next model.
  9. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    I use watercolours.

    Technique Zanthros described is best and I prefer it whenever possible. But when you need to glue edges in sharp angle than edges are visible even with this technique. So I color the edges even with this technique just to be sure :)

    Do you guys fix watercolour colored edge model with some lacquer? Is it necessary?
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  10. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Try to find a Pigment Ink, it will not run. You can actually take your ink cartridge out of your printer and scavenge some ink from there. The pain as most Hobby shops have colors that are very close if not exact, and I have used a pin to put little dabs of pain, then gently smear it where I need it. I remember when I used to build commercial plastic model planes. I always liked the Piper Warriors, and back in the '70's, there was a model of one. When I began to fly for real, I was shocked to see how bumpy these planes look. The Winter is worse as the plane shrinks, and looks kind of crumpled. The same plane in the Summer looks all stretched out, it is the same way with steel ships, some destroyers really look beat up, but it is just the elastomeric properties of these crafts, sometimes perfection and realism don't match up. :)
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