From priming and painting advice and tips,
to fixing and hacking how-to's and tricks -
you'll find it here in this handy guide.
I can't stress how important this step is before painting a plastic model. It's oh so tempting to jump in and paint your preferred colours, but please stop for a moment and listen to reason my friends - you can ruin a piece with excessive paint layering and create a blotchy appearance where pant thickness is not consistant. Take a minute to give your piece a "spray" for a nice even coat. White, off-white or light grey sprays are good all-purpose prime colours but why not try a colour that represents the base shade of your furniture. I like to use Krylon spray paint for plastic because it has a smooth varnished appearance. The white and dark brown colours of this brand are quite nice.
I have only ever used one kind of paint on the ABS plastic that I print with. It's an acrylic paint, sold by the bottle, pre-mixed into colours called "Deco Art Patio Paints".
This paint is meant to weather rain a bit, and as a result it has a slight sheen. This makes it great for water based antiqueing mediums, and gives your piece a nice fine look without the need for a varnish as it dries to a durable finish.
What happens if you make a mistake and break your piece? What if you want to get really creative and starting hacking your pieces and play the mix and match game to make your own frankenstein furniture? You're going to need full strength acetone.
If you soak a little of this plastic in a little full strength acetone it's going to dissolve and create the perfect glue. In fact, if you have a broken leg, you can soak the end of it in acetone for 30-40 seconds only, and then stick it back on.
I want to write a tutorial for you explaining my full painting process, but alas, that's going to take some time!
In the meantime, have fun on your own with your smallest brushes and toothpicks - yes toothpicks are your friends for the sweetest tiny details. Pretty soon, you'll be experimenting and making notes for your own painting tutorials!