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Treywhite4 - Thursday, July 2, 2015
Could you im me & explain how to do the hair of a Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta, you can use google if you need to
-- in reference to Hair Sculpting by Punstarr in Custom Tutorials
Dr Nightmare - Thursday, June 25, 2015
 I wouldn't use primer, just wash the part well to remove all grease and junk, then paint it with acrylics since they're naturally a little flexible. There are additives you can buy to make paint more flexible though, ask your local art store for something like liquid latex.
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Dr Nightmare - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Just to throw my experience in-

I tried this on a Marvel Universe figure a while ago, and while the results looked great when it was done, once I painted the figure the black dye started to seep through the paint, ruining the whole thing.

I also dyed some other rubbery and resin parts at the same time, and they were fine, so it's been hit and miss for me.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
DARTHGRIMM - Thursday, June 18, 2015
 Thanx for the advise Dr. Nightmare, It worked, the joints all freed up, and working great!
-- in reference to Tightening Joints by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
Dr Nightmare - Monday, June 15, 2015
 You're probably out of luck, super glue bonds parts chemically so they can't just be pulled apart without doing damage.

If you still can't get the joint to move after slicing with the knife, then the glue probably bonded together the rod with the figure. All you can do is try to break the rod free by heating the joint so it's flexible and then prying it out.

Good luck!
-- in reference to Tightening Joints by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
DARTHGRIMM - Monday, June 15, 2015
I got super glue into an elbow joint, and I can't get it to break loose, I tried using my exacto knife, and I've tried using boiling water, neither one worked, does anyone have any ideas/suggestions, on how to get the joint to break free without breaking the joint?
-- in reference to Tightening Joints by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
Optimus Primer - Thursday, June 11, 2015
 Yes
-- in reference to Hair Sculpting by Punstarr in Custom Tutorials
thenewmutant - Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tutorial came in very handy thank you!
-- in reference to Shoulder Joint Protection by Darththomas in Custom Tutorials
DARTHGRIMM - Saturday, May 30, 2015
Does anyone make a brush on acrylic primer?
-- in reference to Paint and Tools by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Grifter0502 - Friday, May 29, 2015
thanks! very helpful
-- in reference to Neck Peg Fix by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
Dr Nightmare - Friday, May 15, 2015
 Hi, Finis

That can mean you have to sand more material off the joint. There simply might be too much friction and rubbing so the glue gets torn off anyway (same thing happened to this custom, as you can see on the hip in the last picture). It can be frustrating, unfortunately it's one of the annoying things we have to deal with when making customs. Stay positive and you'll come up with a solution to any problem
-- in reference to Joint Protection by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Sunday, May 3, 2015
 I don't think that will work but you never know till you tri it. The idea is to have the plastic absorb the dye and make the color permanent and I thik the primer might turn black but it will rub off.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
Soundswipe - Monday, April 27, 2015
What happens if I have a figure that has been primed? Can I still use this technique?
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Sunday, April 19, 2015
 Thanks man! You are correct
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
verticate - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Hi Guys, some tips

1. wash the figure with dish soap and water, get all the factory molding grease out, it could prevent the dye from sticking
2. use thinner to strip away as much of the factory paint as possible, paint is another layer of polymer that interferes with the dye taking sometimes. brush thinner on to strip the paint, then drop the figure in a bucket of water to kill the chemical reaction to prevent the thinner from dissolving too much of the figure beyond the paint. The paint and figure are both polymers that react with paint thinner. therein lies the complexity.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
mr.fenrir - Friday, April 10, 2015
thanks for introducing me to this substance. its a serious game changer.
-- in reference to Fixit Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Sjefke - Monday, April 6, 2015
This is brilliant!
-- in reference to Adding Ankle Rockers to Hasbro's Figures by Rider in Custom Tutorials
Sjefke - Monday, April 6, 2015
 I've never done it on purpose (I'm accident prone), but plain old ball point pen ink will stain clear plastic pretty good, but it stays translucent. I'd try diluting the ink with isopropyl rubbing alcohol till I get the desired effect on a test piece first.
-- in reference to Conforming Sheet Styrene by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Sjefke - Monday, April 6, 2015
 I've seen it at my local Hobby Works store, but they only carry the smallest jars. It's easier and cheaper to buy it direct from Aves on-line. I've been using ot for over a year now. Excellent stuff.
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
DARTHGRIMM - Monday, March 30, 2015
Which retail/arts crafts stores sell this stuff?
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
DARTHGRIMM - Monday, March 30, 2015
How can I add tint to the styrene, or tint pre-existing styrene on a action figure helmet?
-- in reference to Conforming Sheet Styrene by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Chronomancer - Thursday, March 26, 2015
 in one of his guides he mentions base coating the figure silver, then using CLEAR yellow over the silver one the silver dries, that combi usually makes a good GOLD shine,
-- in reference to Paint and Tools by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Rudotrese - Wednesday, March 11, 2015
 What do u mean about twisting a string around a screw driver? I want to pull out a shoulder w/o ruining a balrog.
-- in reference to Dismemberment & Prep by Buzzy_Fret in Custom Tutorials
CylonCindy - Saturday, February 28, 2015
Hi, I need help!!! Can't anyone tell me with what can I prime a soft plastic jacket so that I can paint without the paint flaking after its dried ? I read about the Krylon and Plastikote but they are sprays, is there a brush on plastic primer that will work and not make the pant flake or be tacky after painting is dry????
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Rider - Sunday, February 22, 2015
 You could use plastic film around the head of the figure to protect it, and then sculpt the helmet around it. Once it dries, you can remove it and it will have the right shape.
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Phreakotic - Monday, February 16, 2015
Do you have a way to make removable helmets?
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Finis - Monday, February 9, 2015
I tried the super glue protection twice on the same figure. As soon as I moved the joints, all the paint just peeled off. Any advice?
-- in reference to Joint Protection by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
ROBOBUB1801 - Saturday, January 24, 2015
Who is the female figure?
-- in reference to Heat 'N Pop by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
Toycooker - Thursday, January 22, 2015
 Use that gloss seal on metal details bud. Or pretty much anything metallic. Keep in mind it takes longer to wet too than matte finish.
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Toycooker - Thursday, January 22, 2015
For those of you asking about jackets or your figure becoming tacky after applying paint. the best solution is actually a "prelution". The tackiness occurs when the figure, cape, or what have you wasn't primed properly. The primer and fresh coat of paint will not end up tacky. Also, a light coat of Testors Dullcote will help in this as well, but let it set a day before handling. Dullcote will also cut that glossy sheen, shiny is not good unless we are talking metallic or leather details.
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Blacktiger303 - Wednesday, January 21, 2015
How do I get rid of the stickiness after spraying my figure?
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Jesus_96 - Monday, December 8, 2014
I need help,I want to make a scarlet spider but I want to have the hood over his head.
Any tips on how to do this.
-- in reference to Sculpting Clothing by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
onewingedcrow - Thursday, November 13, 2014
 I don't know about Apoxie Clay, but I know that Craig Warrack has his own technique for speeding up curing times for epoxy plasticine. He uses Milliput and will dip his figures in hot water. He never said 'boiling' just 'hot' and he seems to have found success doing it. Maybe that would be a better alternative for you?
-- in reference to Boiling Sculpey by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
Spensieri - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
 I would advise against boiling a 2 part compound like Apoxy Sculpt. I've done that before and it always ends up with a very rough texture. When I submerge it in the boiling water there are a lot of bubbles fizzing out of the epoxy that contribute to the rough, ugly texture.
-- in reference to Boiling Sculpey by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
Spensieri - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
This is really creative! Sweet!
-- in reference to Gun Holsters by Skydive in Custom Tutorials
stitch0077 - Thursday, October 2, 2014
What about long hair beards
-- in reference to Hair Sculpting by Punstarr in Custom Tutorials
deominic - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Can anybody put up a tutorial on how to paint makeup for female figures? Say lipsticks and eyeshadows?
-- in reference to Painting Eyes by rateeg in Custom Tutorials
-=G H O S T=- - Monday, August 18, 2014
 No. Sculpy has to be boiled or baked in order to harden. Apoxies such as Miliput and Aves products are two part, self-hardening apoxies; so, these do don't need to me boiled or baked. Hope that helps man
-- in reference to Boiling Sculpey by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
schnibble - Wednesday, August 6, 2014
 Once it dries, you can sand it down.
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
kalel045 - Wednesday, August 6, 2014
In my case I wait until one part dries, then continue.
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
schnibble - Friday, August 1, 2014
So does this work with all apoxie clay?
-- in reference to Boiling Sculpey by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
-=G H O S T=- - Monday, July 21, 2014
 You don't need worry about the Dremel tool. If your using the whole figure base and limbs you don't have to disassembe everything; you can use the sand paper and prep the surface with different grits (lower grits to higher grits) with the figure together. If you want to disassemble and sand each part, that's great; however, once you finish, put the pieces back together and then paint. You don't want to disassemble, sand, paint, reassemble after boiling because it will ruin your paint work. A standard hair drier for a few minutes will also do the job to disassemble and reassemble parts while reducing the risks of the plastic melting. Always save the painting and final touches for last so that you can make sure everything else is to your liking. Hope that helps man!
-- in reference to Prepping Your Figure by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
juju822 - Monday, July 21, 2014
Thanks u really helped and nice humor
-- in reference to Basic Joint Disassembly by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
GreyngarrTheMighty - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I am thinking about customizing a Mattel WWE Elite Collection Figure so I'm wondering... I don't have enough money for a Dremel, can I sand and paint each part individually? And how well does sandpaper work since its more readily available? Also, if I deconstruct the figure, paint it, and then soften the joints with hot water to reconstruct them, will the paint come off of the figure?
-- in reference to Prepping Your Figure by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Cian21 - Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Any effective tips on how to reduce finger prints showing?
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
batman887 - Tuesday, July 8, 2014
does this work with the biceps on figures
-- in reference to Repairing Broken Pegs with Screws by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Frenchtouch - Thursday, July 3, 2014
I love Finish !!
-- in reference to Optic Blasts by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
-=G H O S T=- - Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 Hey, fabric clothes for the 6 inch scale do work great; Ill be posting a Snake Eyes soon and you'll see. I used a fabric that I picked out and some Liquid Stick Original fabric glue on two sides of the pants and stuck them together. Once dried I just turned them inside out.
-- in reference to Fabric Costumes by Vlad Basarab in Custom Tutorials
MAHUSAY - Sunday, June 29, 2014
I would like to repaint parts of Iron Monger BAF. What would be the best process for this? Would the steps posted be applicable? Iron Man figs have different material compared to ordinary ML figures. Thanks.
-- in reference to Metallic Color 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
goldenagefan - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
she's pretty......what was she saying????.....ha ha.
no really , huge thanks for ALL info, big help.
-- in reference to Pre-Paint Wash by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
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