Customs: "fake chrome" for leader class movie prime ?

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  1. obin_gam

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    hi dudes!

    just bought leader class prime and it really hurt in my wallet ($100 wtf!?) so I'm a little concerned if I really should do what I'm thinking of doing...

    anyways: I really dont like the boring grey plastic that is suppose to be the "chromed parts" of him, so I'm thinking of painting the grey so it looks much more like it should (that is: so it looks like its chrome or atleast so it looks like metal).
    but what color should I use? the only real option I have is to use GW (GamesWorkshop) colors, but which one? I'm thinking about mithril silver or maybe chainmail?

    and also, the two joints on the hood that makes up the "kneepad" looks really stupid with their grey color, so I'm thinking about painting them ro a redish color, but the same question there, hehe, which color?

    and last: before I paint, should I use sandpaper on the surface so the new color sticks, or should it stick anyway?

    thanks in advance/
    rob
     
  2. Chaos Convoy

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    Look up some stuff called Bare Metal Foil. It's actually real metal foil that will stick to the plastic. It's not very durable at all, though so once you put it on, it'll pretty much be a display-only piece. But if you want to paint it, yeah..any silver color will look better than what they toy has by default. Just do what you think looks best.

    As for the grey part on the knees, what I did was I took the knee apart (knocked the pins out with a hammer an awl) and then sanded down the hard edges so they were smooth and to give the joints room so they wouldn't rub/wear against each other and then mixed up the brightest red paint I had and a tad of the brightest yellow paint I had till it was close to the color of the plastic. Paint the piece, reassemble and voila! I used acrylics, btw. Enamels..I don't like too much.

    As for sanding, yeah, it helps. But if there's fine sculpted-in details it'll pretty much annihilate those when you sand it. Give it a very light sanding. Just enough to roughen up the surface. That'll give it enough so that it'll make the paint stick better. Then, once you're done, give it a spray-on acrylic clear coat or a couple coats of Futur Floor Finish to make the paint more durable.
     
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    Look up some stuff called Bare Metal Foil. It's actually real metal foil that will stick to the plastic. It's not very durable at all, though so once you put it on, it'll pretty much be a display-only piece. But if you want to paint it, yeah..any silver color will look better than what they toy has by default. Just do what you think looks best.

    As for the grey part on the knees, what I did was I took the knee apart (knocked the pins out with a hammer an awl) and then sanded down the hard edges so they were smooth and to give the joints room so they wouldn't rub/wear against each other and then mixed up the brightest red paint I had and a tad of the brightest yellow paint I had till it was close to the color of the plastic. Paint the piece, reassemble and voila! I used acrylics, btw. Enamels..I don't like too much.

    As for sanding, yeah, it helps. But if there's fine sculpted-in details it'll pretty much annihilate those when you sand it. Give it a very light sanding. Just enough to roughen up the surface. That'll give it enough so that it'll make the paint stick better. Then, once you're done, give it a spray-on acrylic clear coat or a couple coats of Futur Floor Finish to make the paint more durable.
     
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    you may want to use somthing like testor's chrome spray paint. put a base of black down first. Clear coat dried chrome spray for more durability.
     
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    you may want to use somthing like testor's chrome spray paint. put a base of black down first. Clear coat dried chrome spray for more durability.
     
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    thanks for all the tips!

    any sort of silverish color: roger
    bright red + bright yellow: affirmative
    careful with sandpaper: understood
    clearcoat for nice finish: will do

    I think Im not going to use spraypaint atall... just dont feel like making the sort of arragement for that, so Ill stick with "fine-detail-brushes" :) 
     
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    thanks for all the tips!

    any sort of silverish color: roger
    bright red + bright yellow: affirmative
    careful with sandpaper: understood
    clearcoat for nice finish: will do

    I think Im not going to use spraypaint atall... just dont feel like making the sort of arragement for that, so Ill stick with "fine-detail-brushes" :) 
     
  8. Jedi2016

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    Holy crap, I just remembered I have a whole damn roll of that chrome-tape stuff. Had it for years.

    Papa's got a brand new bag. ;) 
     
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    Holy crap, I just remembered I have a whole damn roll of that chrome-tape stuff. Had it for years.

    Papa's got a brand new bag. ;) 
     
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    Like the silver paper in a cigarette pack?
     
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    Like the silver paper in a cigarette pack?
     
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    You paid $100 for it?
     
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    You paid $100 for it?
     
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    He's in sweden, they get charged more
     
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    He's in sweden, they get charged more
     
  16. obin_gam

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    we dont get charged more, we get SCREWED :rolleyes2 
     
  17. obin_gam

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    we dont get charged more, we get SCREWED :rolleyes2 
     
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    Go Bare Metal Foil all the way.

    It looks much better than paint.

    If you screw up, it comes right off and the toy is back to factory condition.


    The downside: It takes some skill.


    I'll post pics of mine tomorrow.
     
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    Go Bare Metal Foil all the way.

    It looks much better than paint.

    If you screw up, it comes right off and the toy is back to factory condition.


    The downside: It takes some skill.


    I'll post pics of mine tomorrow.
     
  20. Jimmyjimjim

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    This is TOTALLY off-topic, but all this talk of metal foil reminded me of something i used to do in elementary school. If you're VERY careful, you can peel the foil off of gum wrappers and turn it into metal leafing foil. It has an adhesive on it already after taking it off the thin sheet of wax paper, so it sticks wonderfully. I used to use this stuff to cover EVERYTHING- pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, etc. I coated a "Bumblebee" once and it looked VERY cool. I also turned Snake-eyes into destro.

    [/waxing nostalgic]
     

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