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Re-luming Hands. A short tutorial.

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July 07, 2010 11:13AM
I posted this in a thread a few days ago and have been ask to re-post it as a standalone piece so here it is.



First we have to remove the old lume.

I always use some solvent from the back applied with oiler ( don’t use to much otherwise the paint of the hands will be gone) and
then scratch the old lume from the hands. Use a soft item such as the bamboo skewer used here to remove the lume
from the front so as not to remove the painted finish on the hands.





When this is finished it has the look like this. This is the time to paint them if required, a thin coat of lacquer, just enough
to colour is what is needed. They won't suffer wear so not much is required. Model companies such as Testors have a
large range of suitable colours available in small spay cans that are perfect for this purpose. Don't forget if you are painting a
set of chrome or gilt hands a light rub with 800 grit wet and dry paper is required for correct adhesion.

Front view





Back view







Now we have to relume them.

I relume them from the back like everybody else. I guess everybody has his own technique for this or his own application tools but I use a oiler for this. We need to
use a thicker lume mix here to prevent sag but don't over do it or the hands will not clear each other once mounted. Somewhere around 60/40 powder to binder
should be about right depending on your binder. A powder of around 8-15 microns is the easiest to work with for hands, finer powders can come later with experience.




So the hands are relumed.

Let them dry over night at least before handling to be sure they are dry before fitting.

Front view




Back view


Thanks to Alvin at w@tchlume.



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trailboss9917021July 07, 2010 11:13AM

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Anonymous User521February 21, 2012 06:55AM

Great tutorial Thumbs Up I will include it in our "How To" from the drop down menu (n/t)

Reto720July 27, 2010 12:02PM

Great post and nice work!! smile (n/t)

keaton665July 13, 2010 10:44PM

Hats off, sir! Thumbs up!

Anonymous User763July 08, 2010 08:47AM

NICE!!! Drooling (n/t)

VoodooDance594July 08, 2010 02:16AM

Re: Re-luming Hands. A short tutorial.

KMJ1966807July 07, 2010 07:32PM

Re: Re-luming Hands. A short tutorial.

w provence842July 07, 2010 06:22PM

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trailboss99703July 08, 2010 02:14PM

Re: Re-luming Hands. A short tutorial.

w provence786July 10, 2010 06:21AM

Nice work, great tutorial, tx wink (n/t)

sharkfin661July 07, 2010 05:37PM

Nice job! Clapping! (n/t)

MCV690July 07, 2010 05:02PM

A great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.Thumbs up!Admin can this be archived? (n/t)

Mark C.625July 07, 2010 02:04PM

Yes, Mark, I already asked>>

Anonymous User585July 07, 2010 02:37PM

Thanks Dave.Smile (n/t)

Mark C.610July 08, 2010 01:22PM

I have added it to the Resources > How To > so please do not archive, thanks (n/t)

Reto631July 27, 2010 12:11PM

Thumbs up! (n/t)

DJM625July 07, 2010 02:00PM

Thumbs up! Thumbs up! Thumbs up! (n/t)

IF553July 07, 2010 01:19PM

Hooya! Makes me want to try my hand right away! Excellent post, thanks! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT688July 07, 2010 01:12PM

Wow! Awesome!! Thanks so much for that! Thumbs up! (n/t)

UKRower663July 07, 2010 12:07PM

Great tutorial! Thumbs Up Thank you! (n/t)

Anonymous User629July 07, 2010 11:57AM



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