Prepping Resin Horses

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Prepping resin horses is easy when you get the hang of it. I always encourage my customers to prep their own horses. Of course not everyone has the time or inclination to do so, but if you are avoiding prepping your own horses simply because you believe you will mess it up have no fear! With just a little practice and some patience you can easily prep your own horse to a high standard.

 

Everyone develops their own style and preference for tools and techniques. You will be developing your own method to work with scrapers and favorite tools. Take your time and work at your own pace. You are not in a race to complete your prepping. These are the techniques that I use.

 

 

In short here is my method:

1. Smooth all of the seams with an exacto blade and/or carbide scraper. Finishing with a medium fine sand paper,

2. Fill any bubbles, voids and depressions.

3. Spray your horse with a light coating of primer and let dry overnight. All of the remaining imperfections will now be highlighted.

4. Continue to fill and sand where needed then prime and repeat if needed. It normally takes me about 2-3 times sanding and then priming to create a smooth surface.

5. Give your horse a finishing coat of primer.

 

Here is a list of the materials that you will need:

  • medium fine to fine sandpaper and thin sanding sponges

  • An X-acto knive - use caution with this tool

  • Painter's Touch Sandable White Primer

  • Rio Rondo Carbide Scrapers

  • Magnifying glass

  • Dremel - useful for grinding exposed areas of wire and customizing.

  • Apoxie Sculpt - for filling voids, making repairs and customizing.

  • Liquid super glue + baking soda - for filling voids and making repairs.

  • Ajax cleanser

Here is what you are looking for and need to prep:

  • seams

  • pinholes

  • exposed wire

These are normal and just part of the creative process from mold making and casting to painting your masterpiece. The only time these become a problem is in a finished resin horse and by that I mean a painted horse.

 

Workspace:

First you are going to have to set up an area for resin prepping. All that sanding and scraping creates dust that you don't want in your house so work outside or in your studio or garage if you can. Set up your worktable with a soft surface to set your horse on. Shipping bubbles, a placemat, egg crate foam, will give you someplace soft to set your resin on while you are working and will help you to avoid chips and breaks that can occur from accidents.

 

 

Tip: It is easy to get absorbed in what you are doing and accidentally knock off an ear while you are working so wrap the ears to protect them. Often resins arrive with their heads wrapped in tissue paper for protection during shipping and I like to leave this on to protect the ears while I prep the rest of the horse.

 

Lighting is an important consideration. Light coming from the side helps to highlight any flaws as much as possible. Experiment with different settings to find the most comfortable lighting for you. I like to work near a window that doesn't get direct sun.

 

 

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