Painting Question
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Painting Question

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I have been working on a custom oozaru great ape from Dragonball Z. I used acrylic paint and I want to seal it. I would however like to make this toy be safe for my son. What can I do to seal the paint job and have it be safe too?

I am totally new at this, this is like my second attempt at customizing figures, any help/advice is appreciated. I made a diorama a few weeks ago and I saw that some people use PVA glue mixed with water as a sealer. I am wondering if that could work for this too?

I also tried posting a picture of the figure but the site won't let me.

Posted by Kruluk
on Thursday, July 21, 2011
User Comments
Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The question is how old is your son.
MenByMckenn -
Monday, July 25, 2011
Now that's old school!
Finn Varra -
Monday, July 25, 2011
You could try egg whites. Some of the earliest surviving paintings were made with Egg Tempera paints, and they last a super long time. All the paint consists of is egg whites and dye, if you leave out the dye the egg whites should act as a natural sealant. All you have to do is separate the yolk from an egg, and mix the white part a bit to get rid of the blobs in it then just paint it on. This is only a theory, so I can't speak to the results but it might be worth a try. Best to try it on a junk figure first.
Patraw -
Monday, July 25, 2011
I imagine beeswax is non-toxic (people eat honey combs after all), but it also melts at low temperatures (your hands' body heat is actually warm enough to render most waxes into a malleable/sculptable state--you can cut a lump off a candle, hold it in your closed hand for a while, and it will become soft enough to model with--try it some time, it's fun). A child could easily remove beeswax from the figure if they wanted to. Beeswax is also translucent, not transparent, except in perhaps a very thin coat, so an application might "cloud" up your paint work.
Kruluk -
Friday, July 22, 2011
Does anyone know of any non toxic sealers that would work for custom figures?

Has anyone tried beeswax? What about modge podge?
Finn Varra -
Friday, July 22, 2011
You should probably keep it away from him in general. Most action figures are a potential choking hazard for kids young enough to put it in there mouth.
mega_star_andro -
Friday, July 22, 2011
I wouldn't give a custom to any child with the potential to put it in their mouth.
Patraw -
Friday, July 22, 2011
Probably the best thing to do is only use paint/sealers that are clearly marked as non-toxic if safety is an issue. If he's still young enough to chew on toys, he could potentially chew through the sealer, and down into the paint, so it's best that both are safe.
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