Custom Painting Transformers

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  1. Optimus Convoy

    Optimus Convoy Well-Known Member

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    I want to custom paint some of my Transformers figures. Not gonna repaint the whole figure. Just parts of it like my Combiner Wars Starscream's forearms from blue to light blue. And I also use the paint my Ninja Turtles figures like Mike and Don and my Batman figure cause the paint is scratched off a little bit. I'm thinking about buying the paint today at Michaels. I was wondering if you guys could give me tips on what kinda of paint, brand I should buy, is there any other tools I need to use and is there anything else I need to do. I've seen a lot of youtube videos that the guys are using the brand Testors and using acrylic paint. Is there a better brand or different paint I could use?
     
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  2. Dropkick

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    I would recommend using Acrylic paints. That always looks best, and doesn't wash off as often. If you want to redo the paint job, a Toothbrush with soapy water should get rid of the paint if you accidentally painted somewhere you didn't want.

    Basic Guide to Painting Transformers Figures

    Follow this guys instructions if you want to full repaint or minor repaint.
    He's really good!
     
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  3. Optimus Convoy

    Optimus Convoy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, man. So it doesn't matter what brand. Just as long its acrylic paint is fine.
     
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    DOTM Bumblebee I must be some kind of nut...

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    Yeah, I use acrylic paints, too. I'd recommend glossy instead of matte. Glossy paint just meshes better with a figure.
     
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    moreprimeland Optimus told me to do it! Moderator

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    Moving to Creative General Discussion
     
  6. Yaujta

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    Acrylics- great for detail work and blending. Bad for durability.
    Enamels and Lacquers- great for coverage and durability. Bad for set time and blending.

    Acrylics are water-based and clean up easy. Thins with distilled water.
    Enamels and Lacquers clean up with acetone and paint thinner. Dangerous fumes! Thins with mineral spirits.

    Acrylic Brands: Testors, Reaper, Vallejo, Citadel (Games Workshop)
    Enamel Brands: Testors has a few different lines, but they're all I'm familiar with.

    Brushes: I use 00 round for detailing, and block style for coverage. Michael's has some great sable brushes. Can't remember the name brand off hand, but it's their main line.

    Prep work is key. Wash the pieces with degreasing soap (Dawn) or even rubbing alcohol (just not on clear pieces as it causes clouding).
    Primer is good for big areas, but not necessary.
     
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    Anyone recommend a certain brand of paint brushes? Can you use enamel paint brushes on acrylic paint and vice versa?
     
  8. Yaujta

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    For good, cheap brushes, Master's Touch brand from Hobby Lobby works for me. I've used the expensive brands, but these are my go-to.
     
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    Do you recommend using multiple brushes at one time for each color or just a couple brushes and clean each when switching between colors?
     
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    I've heard Testors is a good sealant and not likely to get sticky in the heat, like some other sealants do. I use acrylics for my customs. Though I've yet to paint a transformer, I'm getting ready to start as soon as I finish up another custom I'm working on.

    I've also recently seen a paint at Michaels that gives customs like model tanks, cars, etc. a rusting look. I think that's kinda neat.

    Here is my Boba Fett to Vile custom. I did him in a mix of pearly, metallic and matte colors. I think he came out pretty decent. :oops: 

    Spare Weapons Parts?
     
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    I was thinking of custom painting the ROTF voyager class Megatron. I can't afford the Movie the Best version for the aftermarket price is around $80. Any tips anyone can share? This would be my first custom and I want to make it as the Movie the Best version
     
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    Try painting an older figure that you don't want anymore first so you can get used to the painting. Use hd photos of the movie best version as reference. Watch some youtube vids on custom transformers tutorials so you can get a feel how others do it. Get an idea which parts of the figure you're gonna paint each color first so you don't make as many mistakes.
     
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    Some things I use frequently are Gundam Markers and Pilot Extra Fine tip colored pens. The Gundam Markers are good for general stuff with the pens being good for lining, energon veins (the pink pen is great for that), and other detailing stuff.
     
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    I got a question for everyone: I printed something off Shapeways in frosted detail.... I hear you can not use enamel paint on it...

    What is the best acrylic silver out there that isn’t grainy or streaky?

    I don’t use an airbrush.
     
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    I use flat aluminum by Tamiya, or rune fang steel by games workshop both work well by brush
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    So ive read some of this thread and I still have a few questions, my brother who has done some figure painting before recommends model paint over acrylic due to that acrylic rubs and chips often, is there anybody who has tried both and can tell me which one they prefer, and if it is acrylic then is there a way to stop it from rubbing and chipping? In having trouble getting my metallic colors to stay and not chip or just rub off.
     
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    Model paints are generally lacquer or enamel, both being durable and solid. The downsides are that they are somewhat thicker and not as user friendly, plus clean up requires paint thinners or acetone.
    Acrylics are water based and a lot easier to use, with the downside being durability.
    Leaving acrylics to cure for a week or so is the best solution and they end up being quite solid. You can also add a drop of varnish to the paint to make it even more durable.

    This is a thread for painting tips. It'd be best to just start a thread in the Radicons area for your completed figure.