How do you customize clear plastic?

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  1. Lazerwave

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    I've got a question, I've received my dinosaur transformers that I'm going to pass off as Dinobots, Purple Trex, Yellow Brachio, Blue Triceratops, Orange Pteranodon and Hopefully a Red Stego (Stego has not come yet, I couldn't tell if it's orange or red). Unfortunately I don't like the orange Pteranodon, I would like it maybe to be green, but the orange plastic is clear and I have modeling acrylic solid paint. Is there a way to paint the orange with a special clear customizing green paint or can I use the same paint?
     
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    It should accept the normal paints just fine. Just make sure you wash it with soap and water first to get rid of surface oils.

    If you find that the paint doesn't quite stick properly, try using a layer of Primer first.
     
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    You mean wash the toy before painting it or wash it after I paint it?
     
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    He meant before to remove surface oils from handling. After painting would be slightly pointless...
     
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    I bet there are a few radicons that can give you a solid answer.
     
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    kinda self explanatory. you want a clean surface BEFORE you start.
     
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    Usually you should clean it before you paint it in any circumstance.

    But yeah, if you want to paint it solid colors it shouldn't be any different than regular plastic.
     
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    I assume you want it to be green but still clear?
    I'm no radicon, but I think you want to do several thin layers until you get the desired result. I wouldn't use acrylic though.
     
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    Applied right, acrylics work very well. Especially Tamiya's clears, they're incredibly durable. Couldn't hope to scratch it with a fingernail.

    They also cure properly in the case of soft plastics, unlike enamels, and are much easier to clean up.
     
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    orange isn't going to be very green if you try to keep it clear
     
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    This thread belongs in Creative General Discussion.

    Do you want to keep the translucency? If not, it's a simple process of painting over it.

    If you want the paint to be translucent, then you'd have to remove the orange paint (provided it's painted), and paint it with green translucent paint. If the plastic is dyed orange, you may still can get it green, but just remember that to keep it translucent, you'd have to mix colors in conjunction with the plastic dye. For example, since yellow+blue=green and you're starting with orange (which has yellow in it), you would have to use translucent blue instead of translucent green to achieve translucent green.
     
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    ^wut he sed.
     
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    I just finished painting him. My Pteranodon looks like an olive now. Now I've just got to wait for my Stegasaurus to arrive. If he ends up orange I'll paint him red as long as he doesn't turn out to look like a beat.
     

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