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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Rodimus the Prime » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:29 pm

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby LordOfAnnihilation » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:36 pm

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Will someone please tell me what I need and how I should paint a transformer. I just can't find the right stuff :BOOM: ! In the name of Megatron, tell me :CON: !
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Skyfire77 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:24 pm

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LordOfAnnihilation wrote:Will someone please tell me what I need and how I should paint a transformer. I just can't find the right stuff :BOOM: ! In the name of Megatron, tell me :CON: !


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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Megapope » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:26 pm

I've been admiring the detail on the optimus prime wedding topper repaint. I've got some painting experience so I could work out whether to ink or paint up from a dark layer, whatever. But what do you guys think is the best way to achieve that cool detailed effect with the dark lines?
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Exileman » Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:22 pm

I've been reading alot on painting before I actually start, but I have a question I haven't seen answered. I don't want to have to take apart my figures to paint them, as for most I just want to add details. Several tutorials have said I should be fine on that. My question pertains to sealant. If I wish to use sealant while the figure is assembled and in vehicle mode, will it harden so as to prevent transformation? I've read that rubbery stuff like tires and some heads are not to be hit with sealant, but my concern is the rest and being able for it to actually MOVE after it drys.

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Skyfire77 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:24 pm

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Exileman wrote:I've been reading alot on painting before I actually start, but I have a question I haven't seen answered. I don't want to have to take apart my figures to paint them, as for most I just want to add details. Several tutorials have said I should be fine on that. My question pertains to sealant. If I wish to use sealant while the figure is assembled and in vehicle mode, will it harden so as to prevent transformation? I've read that rubbery stuff like tires and some heads are not to be hit with sealant, but my concern is the rest and being able for it to actually MOVE after it drys.

Thank you for your time.


Best bet would be to mask off the parts of the figure you don't want to spray. As long as you don't go crazy with the sealant, you shouldn't have a problem with moving parts afterwards.
You could also try brushing the sealant instead (Testors makes brushable gloss and dull coat, as well as thinner), but I've had mixed success with them (lacquers can lift enamel, even when cured). Future, or any other floor polish, makes a good alternative, though you're locked into a glossy finish.
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Starscream's Girl » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:12 pm

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I got a quick Q. I know about painting and all as I use to paint Warhammer figs. What I would like to know 1st is if the paint for the Warhammer figs will work on TF figs?

What I'm trying to do is I just got my BK Ironhide today and I want to be able to give him a custom paint job. Just wasn't sure what type of paint would stick to the plastic of this toy. Not sure if I want to just spray paint him to get a primer going or just paint the areas I want to paint. Any thoughts??

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Skyfire77 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:59 pm

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Should work. Unless I'm trying to paint a lighter shade over a darker one, I don't bother with primer.
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Starscream's Girl » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:10 pm

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Skyfire77 wrote:Should work. Unless I'm trying to paint a lighter shade over a darker one, I don't bother with primer.


Ok. Then I'll just do that. Also, has anyone here brought a fig with them to a hobby shop to be able to match the paint of something that is on said fig? I'm thinking of doing this so I can buy the right color and what not.
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Skyfire77 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:51 am

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If I'm looking for a particular color, I usually match it to a paint line's online color chart. Then again, I'm usually ordering the paint online too, so YMMV.
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby BeastProwl » Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:34 pm

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OK. My question is, I want to make minor paint aps, nothing major. Blue Mullet on Topspin, some silver aps on Bumblebee's body, like his torso and toes, And darken the light greys on Crankcase, That sort of thing. Exactly how would I go about doing this? Furthermore, any place OFFLINE that I Can buy paints from? I'll be back home in a few months and theres a hobby shop up the street, but until than, no hobby shops

There are a few figures I want to Fully repaint, Like a "Certain Custom" I'll share with you all when it's done. I just want to know... Good paint, were to buy, how to apply, and also, a good glue! My "Secret" Figure's chest peice won't stay on. He's done using mostely animated prowls parts. An answer to any of this would be nice.

also, whats a good, like redneck cheap way to simulate "Battle Damage" outside of power tools?

Also, my most important question. Is there any type of paint you can use that WILL NOT COME OFF if its rubbed against to much? I Need it if it exists. that, or a tutorial on how to make my paint "Scratch Proof"

can I pick up paints that can be used at local crafts stores? There are no hobby shops were I'm at right now, as previously stated. All Ive got is a paint brush, a few figures I want to customize, a dollar store up the street, and a crapload of questions, as you all can see. I want to paint and mod my "Secret" Figure to perfection before showing it off, and I need serious help.....

wow, in retrospect, that was rather long winded to say the least...... sorry bout' that, I just really want to get into customizing, and Transformers is the coolest thing to customize! Iv'e modded stuff, but not like this guy i'm making right now! He's my own personal transformer, one of a kind, and I don't wanna f'ck it up! I Don't have any duplicates of the parts I'm using for him either......

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Skyfire77 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:27 pm

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Cyberion » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:54 pm

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JHand wrote:Hi. Sorry that I haven't been logged on here for over a year. Anyway, silly question: Does anybody use Reeves Acrylic Paints? I purchased a set of 12 some time ago and am in the middle of a second repaint. Furthermore, what brand of paints do some of you use for ya repaints?

Just looking for some feedback :???:


I personally have been messing around with Tamiya acrylics. I havn't had any issue with them, and they clean up unbelievably easy.

I've heard great things about the Mr Color line from Gunze Sangyo. Unfortunately, my local hobby shops do not keep stock of them. When i inquired with one of the owners, they said that they are hard to keep in stock because Gunze only ships to the United States "once or twice". I'm not sure if he meant once or twice a year, once or twice a month, once or twice ever six months etc.

I'd be interested in trying some enamels but i haven't a clue how to go about cleaning them up. If anybody would like to shed some light on that for me it would be much appreciated. :???:



Gunze stopped shipping to the US early last year, saying it wasn't profitable anymore. Supposedly they restarted recently, but they're still hard to find in brick-and-mortar stores. There's a few online stores that carry it.
Personally, I've only ever used Testors on my models and 'Formers. Testors has their own thinner/brush cleaner for enamel. Enamels are a little trickier to use, you need to have plenty of ventilation when you're using them (otherwise... 8-} =P~ ), but I like the coverage better. Metallic colors especially look more realistic.


I like Testor's enamel too. And ventilation is DEFINITELY needed. Do you use any sort of Primer? Anyone? I may not have gone far enough in the thread to see this answered already, so if it was, I apologize in advance.
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Skyfire77 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:45 pm

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Unless I'm painting light over dark, florescents, or if I need to seal PVC parts (they do not react well to enamel paint), I skip priming. Between washing the parts and my usual light sanding, I don't have problems with "tooth".
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Cyberion » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:51 pm

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Got it. Soap and water. Light sand. Paint. Thanks. :BOT:
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Re: Tips and Tricks

Postby BeastProwl » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:28 am

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby KnightStrike » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:09 pm

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I have just started trying to do customs and have never really worked with plastics much before. I have been using a combination of brushes and airbrushing with Testors enamels. I have read through here and picked up some great tips from everyone, like using rubbing alcohol for paint removal and washing the parts. For sanding I have been using 1000 and 1200 grit wet/dry automotive grade sandpaper. I usually just sand by hand and in tight places with wrap a piece around the back side of my xacto blade. Skyfire77, what do you use to sand with and what grits do you use? Also do you dry or wet sand?
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Skyfire77 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:25 pm

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Pretty much what you're using now. For coarser work I also have some Testors sanding films from when I did scale models, and a Dremmel for the really big jobs.
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby KnightStrike » Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:28 am

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Skyfire77 wrote:Pretty much what you're using now. For coarser work I also have some Testors sanding films from when I did scale models, and a Dremmel for the really big jobs.



Thanks for the info. Yeah, I love my Dremel. I almost look for excuses just to get to use it for something.
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Re: Tips and Tricks

Postby Vile MK III » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:29 pm

I'm in need of a tip/help. I plan on making a brand new head for a project, but I don't know what I should use to make it. What color should I use to see detail while I'm creating the new head? Is Sculpey good?
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Re: Tips and Tricks

Postby Swindle01 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:40 am

If your painting something WHITE with a spray then spray it BLACK first. leave overnight and then spray white
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby SkyWarpsGhost » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:13 pm

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Hotwire Customs » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:01 pm

SkyWarpsGhost wrote:What's the best way to get pins out of joints?
I'm planning on repainting 2 dotm Sideswipes as G1 Sideswipe and SunStreaker.

Very gently, and very carefully, tap them out using a small nail and a hammer.
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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby fotfom » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:34 am

Hi all

I'm finishing up a repaint of Impossible Toys Medic (which I got in BBTS clearance) as Arcee. This is the first figure, or anything for that matter, I've actually repainted in any seriousness and I'm just about done but was wondering about a sealant.

Since her body is only held together by about two screws and the rest are tiny little clip/hinges I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a sealant that would work well for the tiny moving parts, or if it will make any difference at all.

And if it's an option (I have no idea) a low gloss or unnoticeable finish to suit the classic figures better.

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Re: Tips and tricks

Postby Hotwire Customs » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:44 am

fotfom wrote:Hi all

I'm finishing up a repaint of Impossible Toys Medic (which I got in BBTS clearance) as Arcee. This is the first figure, or anything for that matter, I've actually repainted in any seriousness and I'm just about done but was wondering about a sealant.

Since her body is only held together by about two screws and the rest are tiny little clip/hinges I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a sealant that would work well for the tiny moving parts, or if it will make any difference at all.

And if it's an option (I have no idea) a low gloss or unnoticeable finish to suit the classic figures better.

Thanks in advance :grin:

Testors Dullcoate is about as good as it comes. However, if the moving parts you mention rub on each other, even a sealant won't stand up to too much movement. Check for paint rub issues before you seal it.
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