@nzo acetoning your colorfabb PLA prints and then sticking to 240 grade sandpaper is all I do, but can achieve a very smooth finish. And now I've dug up my airbrush a nice coat is much easier than before! brushing on paint can get tricky if you want it smooth, however i don't have much experience in flake paint and gloss coats. I try not to spent more than 5-30 minutes sanding btw if i need more I will generally try to print the model again or give up. As a perfectionist I have nightmares about sanding, especially filling up holes and cracks that I keep seeing the edges of after filling and sanding.
Unfortunately quality costs both time and money!
If anyone could recommend a product i could use in an airbrush as a clear coat it would be appreciated! Im always up for trying something new!
@nzo don't get discouraged because you think a project will be a lot of work. I find that simply spray painting on some automotive primer followed by your favorite color may not be as good as kman's work but you will still likely be pretty happy with it. In other words you can put a small amount of work or a large amount of work and it will make a difference but you will still be glad you did it. So just do it. "shoot first and then..." - I mean just try it - spray paint some model with primer and then a color coat and then maybe even a clear coat.
Or if you are patient do the sanding/filling as well.
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