To Answer …

a few questions pertaining to my production flow and paint(s) that I prefer for customized approaches, I can let you in on a few tips that I have gleaned from decades of fraking up literally hundreds of toys… most I am NOT proud of, but had loads of fun introducing them to their final demise. But, failure can sometimes be a form of the most solid tutelage.

All plastics are NOT manufactured the same. Some take to primer like a dream, some don’t. Because of this, it is best practice to employ the ‘test-patch’ early on in any painting project. Believe me, it can save you a ton of time and hundreds of dollars. Take notes too. If you paint as many modified toys as I do, you’ll want to consider jotting down some notes as to what characteristics are worthy of recollection when considering primer, paint and sometimes even composition of said plastic. Believe me, some quick notes in an inexpensive journal can save hours in production time trying to recreate a successful paint recipe or procdure long forgotten.

So if I’m at the studio where I keep an extensive airbrush rig, I’ll most likely custom-mix all of my colors using Cel-Vinyl simply due to its unsurpassed durability and water-soluble ease-of-mix. Working with this paint is simply a dream. Brush or airbrush it delivers the goods, after you spend some time with dilution recipes and such of course, since it depends what type of airbrush, PSI rating of compressor used as well as other factors. Like I said, this takes a ‘practice patch’ so that you can navigate through the project with confidence and not destroy your collected treasures.

Mo’ later, gators …

– John


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