Paint/Boil-and-Pop questions
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Paint/Boil-and-Pop questions

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Okay, I've managed to find those toys from a previous thread (they're Fisher Price "People" dolls, of all things). Now I have an idea as to how to make the "Mayor" character, which involves swapping heads with another figure. But I have some questions (yes, newbie customizer here):

1) I've heard a lot about the boil-and-pop method being used to take heads off of figures, but how easy is it to use the method to put the head on a different body?

2) Should I paint the head and body separately and then B&P (boil-and-pop - shorthand FTW) them on, or should I B&P the head on and then paint it?

3) If I'm just painting the "evil eyebrows" onto the Mayor's face, or if I'm just touching up the paint in a few areas, do I still need to use a primer?

Posted by harveytwoface999
on Friday, February 22, 2008
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18thstreet-Geppetto -
Friday, February 22, 2008
eh homie this is something I do if you want to paint the head and body separate , do this after all the work is done boil some water and wait till its at is peak (when its almost jumpin out of the pot) take a tea spoon and drip or poor a lil of the water in the head socket and then pop it back on, what also works good is an eye dropper
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, February 22, 2008
You just heat the head again to make it soft and pop it back on.

You never need to use primer if you scrub the figure with soap first and use good paint.
harveytwoface999 -
Friday, February 22, 2008
Ah. So pop it on, then paint. I gets it now. But after popping the head out, how easy is it to pop the head into the other body? I've seen a tutorial where they cut a piece off of the neck joint base, but that might make the neck joint too "rickety" and the head more prone to falling out.

And do you need a primer if you're just touching up the paint or putting on the eyebrows?
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, February 22, 2008
Why would you want to paint the head and THEN pop it on? That's just asking for trouble!

Depends on what kind of plastic you're working with. If the head and the neck are both made of hard plastic then you won't be able to switch them easily. But if at least the head is made of soft plastic (if it gets flexible when you heat it) then you can just hit it with a hair-dryer or hot water to pop it off.
Shihan the Sad Clown -
Friday, February 22, 2008
to help you with the first two kwess-cheeons

1)It should be quite easy to transfer the head onto a different body,but it also depends on the size of the peg and the peg hole

2)I would reccomend boiling and popping and then painting,I've painted and then boiled and popped and the paint began to fade
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