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Prepping Your Figure and Eliminating Joint Rub
Customizing is 90% preparation, and 10% artistry. This tutorial teaches you how to properly prepare your figures for painting and sculpting, and teaches you how to eliminate joint paint rub.
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John Harmon's Guide on How to Prepare Your Figures for Painting and Sculpting

Prepping your figures is a vital aspect of customizing. It helps your paints and sculpting compounds adhere better to the figures, and gives an all over more professional look. So many people don’t have the patience for proper preparation and just skip right to painting. Usually what happens is the paint doesn’t adhere properly and flakes off, especially at the joints. Here I’m going to teach you how to eliminate joint rub, and how to prep the figure’s surface area for painting and sculpting.

What you’ll need is your figure, sand paper (100 grit, 300 grit, and 400 grit) which you can find at Walmart (the 100 grit is in hardware, the finer grits are in automotive), a dremel (with some diamond grinding bits), an X-Acto Knife, some dish soap, a tooth brush, warm water, a paper towel, and a hair dryer.

Alright, ready to prep your figure? Let’s begin!

That’s the end of the guide. I hope it helps!

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

panchopantera - Tuesday, October 8, 2013
This was very educational. Man I've going about it all wrong. But now I know....and knowing is half the battle!
Mint Condition Customs - Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Thank you, I hope it helps.
CrimsonFlush - Sunday, July 1, 2012
This is a super tutorial, all customizers should begin here, great stuff.

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