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New painter question about blushing (and an introduction)

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Hello, I've been lurking here admiring everyone's pictures since the painting forum started. I recently started painting miniatures, having only painted a couple of my X-wing ships prior to starting on the Imperial assault starter box. I am nearly done painting the starter game, its been great fun and largely successful considering my lack of experience (thank you Sorastro for the videos!).

 

I picked up the first round of expansions this weekend and got down to cleaning them up and priming but something new happened this time. I got a strange effect on my minis which I have discovered is called "blushing", this apparently occurs when painting in high humidity and sure enough it was raining last night. So finally, my question: will this "blushing" have a negative effect if I continue to paint my minis as they are or will they be OK? I'd rather do it right from the start so if I need to strip them and start over tell me now.

 

TL;DR I primed my minis in high humidity and they "blushed", are they OK to paint or should I strip them and re-prime?

 

Thanks! And thank you for posting your collections, its great to see so many different ideas. I'll post pics once I get my Trandoshans done.

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Are you using acrylic paints or lacquer? To my knowledge, only lacquer paints (and varnish) will "blush" during application in high humidity.

 

Most painters will use acrylic paints for model miniatures. They flow better, dry faster, and mix with other colors better than lacquers do.

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I'm just a beginner painter as well (thanks Sorastro). However, what you describe I thought only happened with sprays, in particular varnish.

I know my probe droids came out a little frosted as I sprayed them while my partner was doing the ironing and the room was humid. Does this happen with paints as well? If so I have to be more careful.

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I'm just a beginner painter as well (thanks Sorastro). However, what you describe I thought only happened with sprays, in particular varnish.

I know my probe droids came out a little frosted as I sprayed them while my partner was doing the ironing and the room was humid. Does this happen with paints as well? If so I have to be more careful.

I find it depends on the brand of spray but yes it can happen surprisingly often.

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I'm just a beginner painter as well (thanks Sorastro). However, what you describe I thought only happened with sprays, in particular varnish.

I know my probe droids came out a little frosted as I sprayed them while my partner was doing the ironing and the room was humid. Does this happen with paints as well? If so I have to be more careful.

I find it depends on the brand of spray but yes it can happen surprisingly often.

 

 

That's disappointing.  At least Scotland while wet isn't that humid.  Mainly done to the abject lack of heat.

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Are you using acrylic paints or lacquer? To my knowledge, only lacquer paints (and varnish) will "blush" during application in high humidity.

 

The blushing has occurred during the spraying of black primer. I'm using Krylon flat black (spray paint) at the suggestion of an experienced painter from my FLGS and it worked wonderfully last time. I should have been more clear that my primer is an aerosol spray. For everything else I am using Citadel paints. 

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I'm just a beginner painter as well (thanks Sorastro). However, what you describe I thought only happened with sprays, in particular varnish.

I know my probe droids came out a little frosted as I sprayed them while my partner was doing the ironing and the room was humid. Does this happen with paints as well? If so I have to be more careful.

I find it depends on the brand of spray but yes it can happen surprisingly often.

 

 

That's disappointing.  At least Scotland while wet isn't that humid.  Mainly done to the abject lack of heat.

 

One of the many concerns within the hobby but I think its worth it in the end.

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For priming, it isn't really a big deal since you're going to paint over it anyway. If it happens when you clear coat your model, just wait until the humidity is lower and throw another coat of clear over it.

On primer use, I've gotten away from using Krylon or the cheap Wal-Mart sprays. If I spray, I use Privateer Press P3 spray. If I brush prime, it's either Vallejo model primer or gesso if it has really fine detail. I've had better results even though it's a little more expensive.

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Thanks, DarkTemplars, exactly the answer i was hoping for. Someone warned me about spraying clear coat in high humidity when I first started so I have avoided that, now I know it applies to aerosols more generally. 

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Thanks, DarkTemplars, exactly the answer i was hoping for. Someone warned me about spraying clear coat in high humidity when I first started so I have avoided that, now I know it applies to aerosols more generally. 

 

I believe that is true, I guess the humidity in the air catches the paint/varnish giving a nonuniform coat.

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