Handling Precautions for Tools

Precautions when using plastic model tools
When using knives, tools, paints and adhesives, etc. to work with parts, be sure to read the instructions carefully and follow them correctly.
  • ■ Nippers
    Use single-edge nippers or nippers designed specifically for use with plastic models.
    Be careful not to cut your fingers when using.

    Nippers designed specifically for use with plastic models have thinner blades than nippers that are designed for use with metal.
    Thinner blades allow access into smaller spaces, so they are suited for detail work.
    They also allow you to make clean cuts without damaging the parts.
    They can be purchased at stores such as those that sell models or craft supplies.
  • ■ Knives
    Be careful not to cut your fingers when using knives.
    Children should be supervised by adults when using utility knives.

    The blades of snap-off blade utility knives have a tendency to break or chip when pressure is applied, so we recommend using craft knives or X-Acto knives with replaceable blades.
    They can be purchased at stores such as those that sell models or stationery.
  • ■ Files and sandpaper
    Be careful not to injure your fingers when using files and sandpaper.
    Children should be supervised by adults when using files and sandpaper.

    Higher numbers of sandpaper indicate a finer grade and will result in a better finished surface.
    It will be useful to have several grades of waterproof sandpaper in the 400–1000 range on hand.
    They can be purchased at stores such as those that sell models, stationery, craft supplies or automotive supplies.
Precautions when using various kinds of paints
Use of water-based paint is recommended for safety reasons.
It is not recommended to use paint on ABS parts because it may damage the parts.
  • ■ Gundam markers
    When using Gundam markers, be sure to use in a well-ventilated area and allow to dry completely.
    Gundam markers that are labelled should not be used on parts that are stamped "ABS" on the sprue, because they may damage the parts.
  • ■ Spray paint in cans
    With the exception of water-based topcoat, check the type of spray paint in cans before using.
    Some types of paint cannot be used on ABS resin.
    Be sure to only use spray paints in a well-ventilated space.

    Use in a place where you will avoid getting paint on your surroundings.
  • ■ Lacquer-based paint
    Lacquer-based paints may crack ABS resin, so be careful when using.
    *Surface primers are lacquer-based paints. Be careful because they may damage ABS resin.
  • ■ Enamel-based paint
    Enamel-based paints may damage parts, so be careful when using.
  • ■ Solvents
    Paints that use enamel solvents, lacquer solvents and alcohol solvents may damage ABS resin.
  • The above paints can be purchased at stores such as those that sell models or craft supplies.
  • *Recommendations for places to buy tools and paints are provided as examples. Please contact the store where you intend to make your purchase directly.
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