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    Heroic Warrior nicholighkun's Avatar
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    Mer-minion NEEDS HELP!!!

    So this is my first full on custom. Problem is, the paint dries well enough, but it it comes off on my hands just a little, and scrapes away when a joint bends. Is there some way to seal the paint, or did I just use an inferior product? : ( PLEASE HELP!!

    PS I was going to upload a couple of pictures but all 3 of them "exceed my quota" so I'm not sure how I'll show him when he's finished. Boo. : /

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    When I paint customs, I use Rustoleum clear enamel. Seems to work fine enough and I haven't had any paint scrapes or rubbing off. If you spray too much, it can give your figures a glossy coat (I've made that mistake before), but if you just do a few light coats and give it the 30 mins to dry, you should be just fine.
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    The enamel base doesn't dry sticky? Any chance workable fixatif would do the trick?

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    I don't know what a "workable fixatif" is, but no, it doesn't dry sticky. When I modified my Shadow Beasts to make the Filmation and MYP versions, before I found the enamel, their paint was sticky (spray), but after I sprayed the enamel, that took care of that problem. It's like a shell.



    This is one I accidentally "oversprayed" on and came out shiny (but it actually works for him for some odd reason):
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    Cool customs!

    Rustoleaum aye? Do you know if they make some that's not glossy?

    Fixatif is a Krylon spray that's used to preserve pencil work, colors and some paints and such. I tested it with two coats on a spare part, and it seems to work great. I've just sprayed one of the arms and both hands, with plans to do at least 2 more coats. I'll assemble the hand to the arm and see how the friction affects it. The spare part I tested had a bit of a glossy finish already, so when this first coat dries on the arm I'll see if it has a gloss finish. I don't think it does. Dear God I hope not.

    Thanks for your help!! I really appreciate it!

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    Joint rub is a common problem in custom figures. There are a few ways around this. You could dye the parts the color you need, although that only works when going darker. You could cover the paint in a finish. Krylon and Rust-oleum both sell sprays of various matte to gloss finishes, most craft stores carry similar items (sometimes called varnish or laquer) or a hobby store might have a brush-on finish with the model paints. That last option is going to be the most expensive, though. The best way is to use several thin coats and let them fully dry before applying the next. You may have to separate the parts where the joints rub and gently sand some of the plastic away to create a bigger gap.

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    Thank you hawggie! So that's why sanding is promoted! Problem is that I've yet to learn how to disassemble the pegged joints. I can only do the heat and pop joints for now. Can't seem to find a tutorial, or an explanation on the .org for the peggers. : /

    btw, 3 coats of fixatif works ok, but a tiny little speck has already worn off, and it leaves a VERY glossy finish. Thankfully Mer-minion can be glossy to give him a fresh out of the swamp effect. : ) Still not the best sealer though. : /

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