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v1pera
18-12-2009, 07:35 PM
How does one get a smooth finish with greenstuff? What tools do you use?

Honsou
18-12-2009, 07:44 PM
A sculpting tool and water, just smooth it out gradually till it is smooth.

Trygon
18-12-2009, 08:30 PM
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Honsou
18-12-2009, 08:46 PM
I'm good like that.

LAZtheinfamous
18-12-2009, 09:31 PM
If you want, you can also use one of the small files to file it down after it is dry.

Trygon
18-12-2009, 11:22 PM
I forgot about that one. Yeah, the man is right. Files are a God sent.

v1pera
18-12-2009, 11:55 PM
how fine files? The citadel ones shred it to pieces (well not quite but close 'nuff) :l

LAZtheinfamous
18-12-2009, 11:58 PM
I never had any problem with the citadel ones. Did you wait over 24 hours for it to fully 'cure'?

Trygon
18-12-2009, 11:58 PM
I have citadel ones and they work fine. I used them to do all the filing work on this model for example;

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k156/Terrible_Trygon/Red%20Shirts/DSCF0758.jpg

v1pera
19-12-2009, 12:05 AM
I never had any problem with the citadel ones. Did you wait over 24 hours for it to fully 'cure'?

More like 3 days, and the files just leave horrible scrape marks even after I cleaned them of anything they might have possibly had on them.

LAZtheinfamous
19-12-2009, 12:07 AM
Hmm. How hard did you press on them? You have to barely touch it. It is a time consuming process, and it still looks very scratched until you prime it. Then it looks alright.

Honsou
19-12-2009, 02:22 PM
As LAZ has said, when filling a 'scratched' look is inevitable. The key is that it's not damaged- run your finger lightly over the surface, if you can feel deep indentations, then it's too scratched (it will then also show once you've painted it). The trick is to go very, very lightly. It will take forever, but it won't damage the GS.

That said: personally, I am not a big fan of filing, and only ever do it if I did something wrong in the original process- I prefer to use it more carefully to begin with. Use a modeling tool and water, keep smoothing it, making sure it's even and well spread (and not strained!). You can tell when it's strained too much, because it's see through/white.

It takes a bit longer to apply the GS, but it saves you time and effort when you then don't have to file it.

v1pera
19-12-2009, 04:58 PM
Well I guess I have to give it another go then :l

Trygon
19-12-2009, 09:28 PM
Can you take pictures of your files? Perhaps it is something wrong with the tools...