To paint or not to paint

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by mingl86, Sep 17, 2012.

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To paint or not to paint?

  1. Paint it!

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  2. Leave it alone!

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  1. mingl86

    mingl86 Well-Known Member

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    I just got a MP Thundercracker (TRU) (Woohoo!).

    However, the gray chest bits are bothering me. I think a nice coat of shiny silver would make it look better, but I'm not sure I want to risk ruining a $70 dollar toy.

    I know, I know, it's all about my preference, but I just wanted to know what the community at large would do? Paint a $70 toy so it looks better or just not risk it and live with the first world problem of a less-than-optimal paint job?
     
  2. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    are you going to transform it often? if so, don't paint, if not, sure
     
  3. Satomiblood

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    Paint it, if you know what you're doing.

    But if you're not comfortable with the risk, you can do one of the following:

    (A) Practice your painting skills first;
    (B) Commission someone else to do it for you;
    (C) Leave it alone.
     
  4. Rotorstorm

    Rotorstorm OriginalRotorstorm Fanboy

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    If you're worried about painting it, try on some less expensive figures first,t here are some good guides for beginners in the radicons.
     
  5. LadyStarscream

    LadyStarscream Queen of Cybertron

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    You could try coloring with a silver sharpie if you aren't comfortable painting. It might hold up better through transformations.
     
  6. Hot Shot.

    Hot Shot. Giving up on the fiction.

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    Leave it. There's a high probability of paint rub, and you'll be killing it's value by personalizing it anyway.
     
  7. Satomiblood

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    Silver Sharpies leave much to be desired. I've seen customs that utilize this method and the coverage seems inconsistent, but that could have more to do with the painter than the Sharpie itself.
     
  8. OptimusLove14

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    Paint it! I feel a metallic finish would look good on the figure. If you don't like it, you should be able to quickly rub it off before the paint fully dries.
     
  9. Satomiblood

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    Actually, he may end up maintaining or enhancing its value (if done right).
     
  10. Rexidus

    Rexidus Autobot TFW2005 Supporter

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    I buy stuff I like. If there is something about it I dislike and I can fix, then I fix it without hesitation. This is for my collection, not someone else's so only my opinion matters.
     
  11. Fort_Fett

    Fort_Fett iRkeN iNvaDR

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    Why does it seem everyone on this site is so concerned about value? Is there something I'm missing? I collect robots to enjoy - not to make money.
     
  12. Satomiblood

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    But that's how YOU feel? People collect for different reasons. Not everyone is going to look at it the same way as you.
     
  13. LegendAntihero

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    I would buy another one before painting it
     
  14. ryan.j

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    If you are a less confident brush painter, mask off the area and spray it. airbrush is ideal, acrylic aerosols are harder to use.

    Its way easier and as long as you practice with rattlecans a bit first, the finish is almost always cleaner. Mask it PROPERLY though. cut the tape with a scalpel and take your time.
     
  15. mingl86

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    I did paint a RID Prime Megatron, and it turned out pretty well. But a part of me was always like, "If only you had done this, or that, it would have been way better." I'm okay feeling like that with a $20 toy but $70 may be pushing it. Also the wife may not be so cool about getting another one just because I messed up the paint on the one I got...hehe.
     

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