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PostSubject: Joints how to paint em   Sat 7 Apr 2012 - 21:00

How do you guys handle painting joints? I have heard of sanding the joint but how do you do it? Any other tips?
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PostSubject: Re: Joints how to paint em   Sun 8 Apr 2012 - 3:08

Yes, this is a problem for me, too. Can any of the more seasoned customizers out there lend their skills to us?
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PostSubject: Re: Joints how to paint em   Sun 8 Apr 2012 - 9:38

I try to avoid painting joints and just use rit dye. Saves the worry of paint chips. Aside from that I got no advise myself.

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PostSubject: Re: Joints how to paint em   Sun 8 Apr 2012 - 13:35

I try my best to avoid painting arms by choosing a good pair with the base color I'm looking for, if at all possible. Depends on the figure and how much I plan to use it (pose, play, whatever). A couple of tips:
  • Sand the inside of the shoulder joints on the torso (the friction of the shoulder peg should be enough to keep the arm posed, unless it's a worn-out arm)
  • Sand the elbows (I haven't quite figured this out, myself, but I've trimmed around the joint in hopes the paint won't peel).
  • Use a sealer (clear coat or top coat. I use Testor's semi-gloss, and it really gives stuff a Hasbro look. Not guaranteed to prevent chips, though)
  • Use a primer (a basecoat will sometimes help prevent chipping, but not necessarily. I've used real primer on missiles yet still had the paint flake right off)
  • Experiment with a pre-paint acetone wash (SlayerDave mentioned using acetone to prep Project-ARAH parts for paint because it "opens the pores of the plastic". It can also EAT plastic, but I think there's a balance to be found there. By "roughing up" the slick surface, the paint should stick better and chip less)
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PostSubject: Re: Joints how to paint em   Sun 8 Apr 2012 - 20:58

I'll pop the elbows off the rivets and sand down the elbow curves A LOT. Also sanding the circular part of the arm peg(the up/down point of the shoulder) will cut down on that chipping. Requires a demel dental bur tip though.
I'm interested in this acetone method.
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