Painting MOTU heads
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Painting MOTU heads

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I'm new to this site, so firstly hi all!

My question is regarding painting vintage MOTU heads. Basically, I want to give one a gloss finish for a project I'm working on, but am having some issues.

Firstly I tried gloss enamel, but this stayed all sorts of sticky. I then cleaned it off, primed it with acrylic, then tried the enamel again. Same problem.

I then spoke to Hunter Knight (some of you may know of him), and (after berating me for even thinking about using enamels!) he recommended using good old Citadel paints, specifically Ardcoat varnish. I bought some the other day, and having cleaned off the offending enamel, I started again. But alas the same problem (I.e. it's still dried a bit sticky).

However, this might not be a massive problem, as I'm my goal is to make a silicone mould of the head which I'll then cast in resin. So if I can get it through the moulding process, I'll be happy enough, but I have a fear though that this will rip the varnish off and I'll be back to square one.

I may well be making some rookie errors here, so if anyone has any advice, PLEASE HELP!


Posted by peedubbayaherman
on Friday, July 11, 2014
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Truwe 316 -
Thursday, July 17, 2014
If you are cool with repainting the whole head, I would try using Dupi-Color Vinyl & Fabric spray (found at most auto parts stores). Let it dry overnight (it may feel dry to the touch but you should always let products properly cure) and then use acrylic paint to finish up.

Sorry Hunter berated you, sometime people forget that we are about art and we all have to start somewhere.

Good luck man
peedubbayaherman -
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Yeah it's the soft rubbery stuff. I think I may have to admit defeat on this one and just cast it as is.
Thanks for your reply anyway
Darththomas -
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
It's usually down to the kind of plastic you're painting / sealing when you end up with sticky paint. I'm guessing it's one of the soft vintage heads you're painting? That would amke sense as they're usually a soft rubbery plastic. I have no idea why it happens (I'm not a scientist) and sadly I have no way to combat it either, I tend to stay away from sealant on soft plastic parts.
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