March 8, 2011
Using Kosutte Ginsan or MGM Hobby Powder (same thing, different name) - aka Metallic Powders.
I usually use this technique on parts I want to be shiny chrome (i.e. thrusters and the like). The process is quite simple really.
Materials you'll need:
- Model part
- Gloss Black paint
- Kosutte Powder
- Paper Towels
- CLEAN WORKSPACE
Tip: The powder I'm using is purchased from gunplasg.com from the vendor MGM Hobby. Others use Kosutte Ginsan, purchased from hlj.com.
Because this process can be messy, I highly recommend you clean your workspace of all parts except those that will actually be receiving the powder.
1. Spray your part in question in Gloss Black (I usually use primer first).
2. Wait at least 24 hours for the paint to cure.
3. With gloves on and paper towels EVERYWHERE, grab a small amount of powder with your q-tip and apply lightly to the surface of your part. It will have a dull sheen.
4. Continue to lightly rub the surface with the q-tip until you see the shine start to come through. Continue to rub the surface.
5. Your part should look complete! Make sure you shake the part free of any remaining dust, then go over with a smooth paper towel to get the last bits of the powder off.
6. You can apply acrylic top coats if you like. You can then spray clear acrylic colored paints for random effects like yellow for gold, etc.