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Shoulder Joint Protection
How to protect ball and socket joints from paint rub
(by Darththomas)   Update Tutorial

Hey all, back with another tutorial that I hope you'll find useful. This time I'm gonna show you how I tackle the age old problem of shoulder paint rub, so without further ado, I'm gonna explain the first picture which is what you will need.
2.Brush on superglue
3.Standard superglue
4.Rotary tool bits
5.Dremmel or rotary tool
6.Your subject
7.Screwdrivers or similar objects
8.Pliers or clamp to hold your pieces while heating them
9.Craft Knife
10.Paint brushes

Also the obvious stuff such as water (to wash your brushes)and newspaper (to protect your work area).

Some parts of this tutorial can be a bit tricky to get right so if you're unsure I recommend practicing on some junk figures first.

I should also mention that not all shoulder balls are the same, some DC figures have an extra soft plastic ring moulded onto the shoulder ball, this soft plastic ring fits inside the hard plastic disc and can make this method pretty difficult. Just check first by heating up the ball and prying the two halves apart slightly using a blunt object.

After all this and a complete paint job I seal my customs with Games Workshop Satin purity seal or Vallejo Satin Purity seal, there are other brands but these are the only ones i've used. As stated above this will get rid of the shine caused by the superglue.

I hope you found this tutorial useful, any questions just leave a comment and i'll do my best to answer them.

Make sure you have read the disclaimer before attempting anything mentioned in the tutorial.

thenewmutant - Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tutorial came in very handy thank you!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Wednesday, September 14, 2011
man this is so helpful, your skills are amazing. your tutorials are top notch my friend and your motu customs are looking beautiful can't wait to see more. A+
Automatauntaun - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I noticed you have a numbered chart, but am I missing the key? Only complaint.
Darththomas - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
It's in the intro text at the top dude
Automatauntaun - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Well done! I just shaved them in the socket but this is super helpful and is gonna help me fix part of my venorpian tail that broke!?
Darththomas - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Cheers bud, yeah I used to do that too but once you get the hang of it, this way is much easier imo and neater too. Glad It helped!
pulpyfiction - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Great tutorial, and that looks like it's going to be an amazing prince adam! I also have to say I can't wait to see your battle cat when it's done!
Darththomas - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Thanks pulpy, I finally get what you meant on your bc when you talked about the ridiculous holes on his legs, I mean, what the ....??

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