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Painting a Squadt: Not Step by Step - A Work in Progress

Post  Guest on Thu May 16, 2013 9:55 pm

First off, I'll show you the stuff I use.  Keep in mind, there are surely other ways to do this.  I'm showing you what works for me.  If you have questions, please post so everyone can learn from the discussion.

Wasn't planning to cover how to take a Squadt apart.  If anyone would like to see that process too, please let me know.

Four things needed for this step.  Acetone, paper towels, old tooth brush, and gloves.  I use heavy PVC coated gloves bought at Lowes.  They are the kind sold for stripping wood and other very harsh chemical processes.

NOTE:  Can't say enough that it is imperative not to get Acetone on your bare skin.  It is absorbed into your blood through your skin.  No point risking your health when a decent pair of gloves will definitely not break the bank!!  Also, work outside or in an extremely well ventilated area.  The fumes are strong.



The goal is to remove all paint, leaving the bare vinyl.  Here is an in process piece to show how the stripped parts can look.  I have not had any issues with Acetone causing damage.  Proceed with caution.  It will definitely damage stuff like the eye lenses.



Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be better and I can get started stripping some pieces.  For this project, I will be doing a FB Chipp and Jack.

Update 2/18/14...finally!!

Pics I talked about for holding parts for painting.  Surely there are many ways to do this.

Foam block with various skewers and parts in progress.



Skewer ends.



Sonic Bluey gassed helmet ready for clear.



Shorty nozzel ready for primer.



After two coats of primer.  Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel flat white.



Update 2/19/14

Bare vinyl ready to be painted with Monstor Kolor.



Came out great except for the legs.  Something weird so I primed them instead.



Batch of parts ready for stripping with Acetone.



Stripped parts clean and ready for primer.  Took about an hour to get all the parts clean.



More to come.....


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Post  itsa_mia on Thu May 16, 2013 10:06 pm

id fully be down for that!
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Post  Takemaru on Thu May 16, 2013 11:56 pm

Yes !
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Post  mazdevilz on Fri May 17, 2013 12:04 am

yes + 1

Very Happy
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Post  mechanizer on Fri May 17, 2013 12:37 am

Yes!
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Post  zmigol on Fri May 17, 2013 1:21 am

Yes definitely Cool
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Post  slinky42 on Fri May 17, 2013 6:02 am

Only if its a video! lol! JK that would be awesome greg!
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Post  JasperF on Fri May 17, 2013 6:10 am

Yup!
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Post  Colossus of Destiny on Fri May 17, 2013 6:15 am

gregm wrote:Would anyone be interested if I did a step by step post on how to paint a Squadt?

gregm wrote:Color is just right. Now to strip them down and see if I can keep the paint from peeling right off.


YES. Although I'm a little confused about what you were saying regarding those: why would you want to 'strip them down?' Do you mean remove the rad paintjob?
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Post  Guest on Fri May 17, 2013 4:09 pm

Colossus of Destiny wrote:YES. Although I'm a little confused about what you were saying regarding those: why would you want to 'strip them down?' Do you mean remove the rad paintjob?

I tried something different with these and it didn't work at all. The paint peels off very easily. They will get stripped down and re-done in the same color.

slinky42 wrote:Only if its a video! lol! JK that would be awesome greg!

Video?? Wink

I'll get this started on Sunday. sqube
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Post  cripery on Fri May 17, 2013 6:50 pm

Nice one Greg - I'd be very interested in a painting tutorial/tips. ! - Looking forward to it. Very Happy
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Post  Teimaru on Sat May 18, 2013 1:37 am

Good job, Greg, I would enjoy a tuto too Very Happy
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Post  LonerStoner on Sat May 18, 2013 11:51 pm

is there anyway that the surface can be scuffed up/sand blasted so that the paint actually impregnates the surface as opposed to just sitting on it?
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Post  JasperF on Sun May 19, 2013 1:03 am

LonerStoner wrote:is there anyway that the surface can be scuffed up/sand blasted so that the paint actually impregnates the surface as opposed to just sitting on it?

Paint I dunno, but dye should penetrate and even last when scratched or stuff
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Post  ontheDL on Sun May 19, 2013 5:04 am

Looking forward to it!
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Post  edstuff on Sun May 19, 2013 9:02 am

You can sandblast harder plastics but I don't know if I'd do it to vinyl. Vinyl is much softer and it might damage it or impregnate it with the sand/glass
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Post  ludok on Sun May 19, 2013 7:17 pm

gregm wrote:Would anyone be interested if I did a step by step post on how to paint a Squadt?

I really like,i have a germ damaged and i don't know what use.
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Post  Guest on Mon May 20, 2013 1:49 am

LonerStoner wrote:is there anyway that the surface can be scuffed up/sand blasted so that the paint actually impregnates the surface as opposed to just sitting on it?

The surface prep is pretty simple, just have to follow a few key steps. I've not found any reason for scuffing except on ABS or whatever the lenses are made from. Sand blasting would be very bad, the surface would be shit after that. Would also do a lot of damage to the detail and take any edges off. Not to worry, it is not hard to get excellent results.
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Post  jandrolex8 on Fri May 24, 2013 6:06 am

Colossus of Destiny wrote:
gregm wrote:Would anyone be interested if I did a step by step post on how to paint a Squadt?

gregm wrote:Color is just right. Now to strip them down and see if I can keep the paint from peeling right off.


YES. Although I'm a little confused about what you were saying regarding those: why would you want to 'strip them down?' Do you mean remove the rad paintjob?
Love this color!
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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:09 am

Sorry for the delay everyone. Have been beyond swamped at work, no time to work on anything. Will get back to this as soon as possible. In the meantime, I was looking online today and found quite a few Squadts still available.

GERM Born Wrong (Inside the Rock Poster)
GERM BYO (Inside the Rock Poster)
NKD Nozzel (TAG)
Frozen Nozzel (TAG)
FB Jack (Dekorner)
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Post  Are-Jay on Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:38 am

Thanks for taking on this endeavor! Lots of useful info Smile
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Post  Louhemp007 on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:00 am

So, what is the best paint to use, in order to keep it from being scraped off by the helmet(brand).
This is my only issue that i am having, that being how to paint the head and still be able to use the helmet, w/o paint damage.
Any tips?
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Post  Guest on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:30 am

There are lots of choices for paint. The ones I've used are listed below.

Monster Kolor
Belton Moltow Premium
Rustoleum Pro Primer - Flat
Posca Paint Pens

I place adhesive backed felt dots inside the helmets I paint to keep the surface from touching the head. Monster Kolor has not had any problems with painted surfaces touching but I'd still avoid it as much as possible to be safe.
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Post  Colossus of Destiny on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:38 am

I've used acetone to strip vinyl before, and it definitely works, but I'd be sure to wipe the figure with a wet washcloth every once in a while. Acetone doesn't just destroy paint - it'll also eat through vinyl. Also - I've found that using sandpaper on the outermost layer of paint can speed things up. Just don't sand hard enough to scuff up the vinyl underneath the paint. Just my $0.02. Thanks for doing this Greg.
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Post  Louhemp007 on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:43 am

I can get monster kolor fairly easily but seems and only because ive looked that the posca pens all come from overseas.
I love citadel and use them only on my really special customs, so i bought some new colors for the nkd i have to customize. Anyone had any other experience with these. I also clear coat with testor dull coat.
Gregm- the felt dot tip seems to clear up everthing though and is an ingenious idea!
My best bet though is to stip it, correct?
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