Customs: Detailing/Touch Up/Repair Kit: Need Input

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  1. Metal Chaos

    Metal Chaos The Spark of Chaos

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    I'm working on a list of things to put into a kit that will be used Detailing, Touching Up on damaged/chipped places and Repairing broken bits as well as anything else that plagues us collectors so.

    This is something I plan to store inside a small to medium sized plastic case to keep for when I need to work on figs in my collection that have loose joints or scraped paint.

    What I need are suggestions of items and what they fix.

    Here's my list so far:

    Sharpies - fine and ultra fine: Various touch ups and detailing.

    Paint Pens: for more permanent detailing and touching up, require careful use.

    Clear Nail Polish: For tightening up ball joints.

    Super Glue: Another way to tighten up ball joints as well as peg joints.



    OK now for your lists, please be sure to tell what each items do. I'm looking forward to your suggestions.
     
  2. ErechOveraker

    ErechOveraker I'm with Plowking.

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    I keep a tackle box full of various stuff I use all the time for bashes.

    •I keep a packet of those little nail emory boards, the 2-sided kind that are shaped like popsicle sticks in it. They have 2 grades of sandpaper, and the shape is perfect at getting into all kinds of tight spots on figures of all sizes. Plus a pack comes with like 20 sticks, and it's about a buck tops in most drug stores.
    •Tweezers.
    •Miniature screwdriver set.
    •q-tips for applying glue or alcohol etc
    •Rubber gloves.
    •Packet of breathing masks.
    •Needle nosed pliers.
    •Soldering pen.
    •Rubber bands.
    •masking tape.
    •various glues, super and epoxy.
    •tube of green stuff type sculpting putty.

    I think that's it, I'm sure I have other stuff too, like crap paintbrushes for spreading glue, or alligator clips for holding stuff in place, but the stuff above is all stuff I use all the time.

    Good topic though, can't wait to see what everyone says.
     
  3. turboedguy

    turboedguy minibotologist

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    Fine steel wool can remove scuffs and scratches on unpainted plastic, also, Be careful with this, but a butane tortch can be pretty handy with scratches as well.
     
  4. Bruticus82

    Bruticus82 Well-Known Member

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    Basically I have variations of the things already mentioned:
    Rubbing Alcohol (cleaning, removing stickers)
    Q-tips
    Mini-screwdrivers
    Glue
    Exacto Knife
    Extra tiny metal file (doens't wear out like sandpaper does).
    Sandpaper (for bigger areas)
    Masking tape (to protect areas)
    Little plastic bags (to keep screws and pieces together so they don't get lost).
     
  5. ErechOveraker

    ErechOveraker I'm with Plowking.

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    Ooh, I forgot to list my exacto knife kit. Knew I forgot something important! I also keep a packet of the testors sandpaper kits, with the really ultra fine grades in them. That stuff is clutch!
     
  6. Cinemastique

    Cinemastique Earth Culture Specialist

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    I keep a few wooden toothpicks on-hand, for tiny scrapes or paint wear. They're good for touching up places that just need a teeny dot of paint, but where you own the paint that matches the existing coat.
     

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