Paint question
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Paint question

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I'm new here. I'm a avid artist and sculptor, and have just gotten into doing figure customs.


I've got a wrestler figure I'm currently using for a base, but the acrylic paint I'm using is rubbing off very easily and looks cheap when it dries. I'm not sure if it's the paint or the surface, whether I should prime it or not so I need some tips here from some experienced guys.

And I trust the mentality here isn't that of /b/ or EBWF.

Posted by SystemSpider
on Sunday, December 7, 2008
User Comments
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, January 9, 2009
I don't see why not... just remember some types of plastics makes the Krylon sticky. We're never sure what'll happen, it's fun to find out :P
harveytwoface999 -
Friday, January 9, 2009
Bumped - sorry, I just gotta know.
harveytwoface999 -
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
One more paint question - let's say I wanted to paint certain parts of the figure in a solid color. After I clean off the figure, could I mask off the area I want to paint and just spray it with Krylon Fusion paint? (Beginning customizer here, don't know all that much yet. )
Buzzy Fret -
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I have found that even some primers (Krylon in my experience) don't always dry and will be tacky.

you'd be much better off buying some inexpensive acrylic paints to start with.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, December 29, 2008
I'm gonna guess yeah, primer is designed to allow paint to stick no matter what. Like you said, even just using spray paint over the figure first can let you use enamels all the time, assuming the enamels don't react badly with the primer

In other words, ask the guy at the Home Depot next time you go!
harveytwoface999 -
Monday, December 29, 2008
Ah. I gave it a few coats of spray paint before I painted the Testors on it, maybe that acted as a primer.

For future reference, is it okay to paint with the enamels if you've primered the figure first? I found a little assortment of Testors paints in my garage, so that's pretty much all I can use right now.
Mr-X -
Monday, December 29, 2008
They also run the possiblity of "melting" the plastic.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, December 29, 2008
For whatever chemical reason, enamels sometimes refuse to dry on the plastic the toys are made of, your toy's plastic must just have been something the enamels accept (or whatever it is you painted on).
harveytwoface999 -
Monday, December 29, 2008
As for the Testors paints - don't use the enamel paints? Huh, I used enamel paints on my Meltman figure, and I didn't have a problem with it. What makes you say not to use them?
JohnnyCustom -
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Hello,

I use model master acryl it seem to work great. Your right thought. The surface does make a different in most cast. But , if that's not the cast try to thine down your paint. If you want a shinning aka non-dry look to your figure; try spraying it with acrylic crystal clear. Also prime and wash your figure before painting your figure. Good luck.



Take care
Bye :-)
Punstarr -
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Don't forget Vallejo paints...
Wonder***Woman -
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I may have some apple barrel.....My local store quit getting Testors too
DTM -
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I use apple barrel now after my local stores stopped carrying Testors...Man, how much I miss Testors...
Wonder***Woman -
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I know everyone will want to kill me for this but if done right that cheap craft paint can look NICE. I just repainted a 12'' Buffy Prophacy girl figure using the folk art (I believe that was the brand) and it looks good. BUT IF you use it you have to apply the first 3 to four layers of paint with a milky consistency or else the paint will NEVER go on smooth. And you rly need to seal the paint no matter what brand you use.

Possibly he used the cheap craft paint because it looks very cheap and crappy on plastic that figres are made from (unless you try doing what I did)....
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, December 8, 2008
Eh? What do you mean by "looks cheap when it dries"?
Maelstrom -
Monday, December 8, 2008
If you're really serious about it, It also helps to use Automotive grade primer before painting. This will make it easier to use a wide variety of paints. I've only done this once, for a Marvel Legends Showdown Sabretooth:

http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure ... ew&id=6748

This was on a small scale (4.75 inches), but it worked out pretty good in my opinion.
MenByMckenn -
Monday, December 8, 2008
Don't forget to wash your figure first! I found taking the time to do this makes a huge difference in the outcome of the end result.
HeartBreakKid -
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Yeah, Testor(acrylic not enamel),Tamiya,and citadel are the suggested paints ,and water the paint down to the consistency of milk the realm offers great tutorials to get you started http://www.figurerealm.com/customtutorial.php hope this helps
SystemSpider -
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I wasn't worried about anyone being mean, it's just nice to go to a place with intelligence once in a while, haha


It says Just Paint! on the top

and I believe the brand is Delta. I'm guessing Testor's would be better?
HeartBreakKid -
Sunday, December 7, 2008
What brand of paint is it
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