How to paint Leg/Shoulder/Arm joint help needed
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How to paint Leg/Shoulder/Arm joint help needed

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Hey all. So I'm working on my first custom, a GI Joe scale custom, and having one hell of a time painting the joints. It seems that no matter what I do the pain keeps coming off even after it is dried and sealed- so I'm wondering if there is a special kind of paint or sealer ya'll use for the joints. Right now I'm using acrylics- maybe enamels would be better for something like that? I'm not sure. Whatever help is as always much appreciated.

Posted by Cincicustoms
on Saturday, September 4, 2010
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PAINTcustoms -
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Sanding works great, however you can also go out and buy Graffiti markers, like Sharpie Paint pens, they are $5 each, but u can buy em in lots. Lightly sand the joint with 220-400 grit sand paper, then color the joint lightly with the paint marker. These markers give a thin coat of oil-based abrasion free paint, that come in 20 or so colors. u cud also try using a SMALL ammount of testors model paint, howver that stuff takes a year to dry, and just when you think its dry, its not, and u have an abortion.
Cincicustoms -
Friday, September 10, 2010
sweet, thanks guys. I'll have to do that next time.
DiceMan -
Friday, September 10, 2010
yup thats the best way all the pros do it like that
Darththomas -
Friday, September 10, 2010
If it keeps coming off you may have to sand the actual joints down a bit. Say the shoulders for example, sand or cut a small amount off the actual torso so the two parts cannot physicaly touch that should sort it.
Cincicustoms -
Thursday, September 9, 2010
yeah I think I will have to do that... again. No matter what I did, the joints on this figure looked like crud. When I did apply the super glue- it would always chip off, even if I left it sit overnight. Any more suggestions?
MetalAlchemist -
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Try looking under Jin Saotome┬┤s tutorial web page. He describes on how to dremel/sanddown discs on joints.
It is a pain in the !#@s but totally worth it.
Cincicustoms -
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thanks Bob- I will have to try that. I have already painted my figure this time- I have done dying with Rit-dye for other projects before- so I may have to try that later for figures. Either way, I guess we will find out in a few days if I have finished this figure or not! lol

Also, on a side note, AFTER I posted this I saw that there is a handy tutorial on this website. Under Customs>Tutorials>Joint Protection. It has pictures of where to put the glue, which for me is helpful too. Now I know next time, check the tutorials too.
bobtheodd -
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Paint the joints first, then apply a VERY small amount of superglue, enough to cover but not get in the joint. That should help the rub. Or you can try dyes, soak the pieces in the base color of choice, should dye the plastic the color you want, or at least get close so if you paint over and there is rub it won't be as obvious.
Hope it helps.
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