fix sticky paint????
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fix sticky paint????

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I have 2 ALIEN resurrection figures and they have this tacky feel to them and easily get hair stuck to them. it almost seems like the "dull" clear coat had a reaction and didn't dry correctly, leaving them sticky/tacky. How would I fix this this problem?

Posted by weizie
on Friday, May 21, 2010
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Metaluna Mutant -
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I've had that problem before. Every time I touched it my finger prints would show up on it and some of the paint would come off too. I don't remember what toy that was though.
mega_star_andro -
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I'm not quite sure what it is but it comes in a yellow/orange canister similair to fiber powder, lol
somebody1 -
Monday, June 21, 2010
I've never heard of this from a factory paint job, I've had it happen on my customs. Maybe the moisture while being stored reacted to bad paint.
AlphaMaleKustomz -
Monday, June 21, 2010
Its a sealant that can also be used as a glue. Stuff works wonders
weizie -
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Ok alpha.....what is that?
AlphaMaleKustomz -
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I would go over the sticky parts with matte finish Mod Podge. Stuff works wonders. You can find it in the arts and crafts section in walmart
bobtheodd -
Friday, May 28, 2010
With all of these, like Green Skin said, try a test spot first.
weizie -
Friday, May 28, 2010
All things I haven't tried, because of my work schedule I will have to try them on Tuesday. Would have never thought lighter fluid or wd40 .
mega_star_andro -
Friday, May 28, 2010
Goo gone might work but may take off some paint. NEVER use goo gone extreme, it will eat the plastic. If you didn't know. Maybe lighter fluid or WD-40?
Green Skin -
Friday, May 28, 2010
Could try some Goo Gone. That stuff will take any kind of gunk off that's making them sticky. It shouldn't mess with factory paint, but just to be sure do a test patch somewhere out of sight. Like the bottom of a foot maybe.
bobtheodd -
Friday, May 28, 2010
You can try the 2 things I suggested....thats all I got.
weizie -
Friday, May 28, 2010
They are alien resurrection action figures from the movie, came out in like 1998, they use to be displayed loose, but when I moved I put them back in their boxes and they went into a storage unit for about 3 years, until I took them out a few weeks ago. So no chemicals I'm aware of or anything
bobtheodd -
Friday, May 28, 2010
I never have.
What figures are they? Maybe that line has a problem or defect.
How were they stored, left in package or loose...where, attic/basement? Did they get exposed to a chemical or solvent of some kind by chance?
There is a lot of thing(or combination of things) that could cause you a problem.

The only thing I can suggest is to place them in sunlight, maybe the heat will "harden" the paint. You shouldn't see any fade from a one time exposure. Other then that you could try a simple brush-on clear coat.
Hope that helps you some, if not, its all I got.
weizie -
Friday, May 28, 2010
so it looks like out of all the collectors and the customizers, no has ever come across a figure that had sticky/tacky paint from the factory? Thats kind of wack. Looks like I'm SOL.
mega_star_andro -
Friday, May 28, 2010
I sprayed one of my first customs with a clear coat matte sealer and it became sticky so I never used it again.
weizie -
Sunday, May 23, 2010
well I havent painted them at all, its the paint from the manufacture. thats why im stuck and was thinking a flat clear....worse comes to worse ill just pop em all back in the boxes and back into storage.
OneUpMario -
Sunday, May 23, 2010
What type of paint are you using? From my experience using enamel paints on action figures leaves a sticky and tacky feeling.

I get better results using acrylic paint name brands like Tamiya and Testors Model Master. Use a light wash paint and multiple coats (even if it takes 6 or 7 times). If I use it straight from the bottle I get that tacky feeling on my action figures. I don't know if this will help but I hope it will.
weizie -
Saturday, May 22, 2010
As an update, I have tried cleaning them by soaking them in warm water with dawn, and using a tooth brush to scrub then lightly. But that isn't helping, I can't be the only person who has had a action figure that feels tacky/sticky to the touch.
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