3D Print Painting Guide

How to paint 3D printed models

All of our 3D printed terrain should be ready to use right out of the box, no assembly required (unless noted). Of course, it will look a lot better on the battlefield with some color! To get you started, here are some tips on how to eliminate print lines and prepare your model(s) for painting.

We strongly recommend using Rust-Oleum 2 in 1 Filler & Sandable Primer which is formulated specifically to help fill in minor imperfections, though any primer that is deemed safe on plastic should do just fine. Regardless, be sure to follow the directions provided on the can of your choice, waiting the recommended time between coats. We suggest 2-3 coats to achieve the best results. Below is an example of what your product can look like when effectively primed and painted.

No primer or paint


Primed & painted

Proper application of primer before painting virtually eliminates lines left from the printing process. If you are still not satisfied after applying 2-3 coats you may consider adding one more. However, we would instead recommend you finish off your model with top coat of varnish to help fill in any remaining gaps. When leaving your project out to dry for extended periods, please be advised that direct sunlight or extreme heat may begin to warp or melt plastic over time.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our products, or for more tips on how to finish your model(s), please contact us via e-mail at support@endertoysterrain.com.