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Post  Guest on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:54 am

CoD makes an excellent point. Must use caution when putting Acetone on vinyl. I haven't had any problems with Squadts. That doesn't mean there might not be some if you are not careful. I always strip off the paint and then give everything a thorough washing with soap and water. I would not recommend leaving the Acetone on the vinyl but you will notice that visibly it evaporates quickly.

Sources for paint that I use.

Rustoleum - Home Depot, Lowes, and some Wal-Mart stores although not all have what I use.
Posca paint pens - http://www.durablesupply.com/
Belton Moldow Premium - http://artprimo.com/catalog/index.php

The blue gassed and nozzel helmets shown in this thread was a test I did that involved leaving the original paint. It did not work at all with Belton, the paint did not stick and cracks/flakes off easily. I suggest stripping, primer, and then paint of your choice for best results.

Sunday I'll be posting a real installment for this thread. MikeyK is coming over to help take pictures and we will show stripping, priming, and painting.

Feel free to continue to ask any questions.
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Post  Guest on Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:30 pm

Another rainout. Sad

MikeyK came over just as it started to rain. Couldn't get out to go anything, again. I'll try to post more info as soon as I can. Has anyone tried stripping a Squadt yet? Don't hesitate to post questions if you are beyond the step of stripping the original paint. I know the order is all messed up here but getting to the end result is what matters.

Sorry everyone!
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Post  niskio on Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:32 pm

wow
you've got a great idea and a lot of courage, I think they are pieces that you bought x2
x3
Nice work Exclamation clap What a Face
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Post  Louhemp007 on Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:33 am

I just stripped a nkd nozzel this weekend, found the tip of the mask and head were GID, i also primered with valspar primer. Stripped with acetone and washed afterward. The valspar goes on great if anyone is looking for a easy to get primer, plus they have paint primer combos as well.
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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:06 am

Great! I have found a variety of different parts in Squadts I've stripped. Have some parts from bluey. Wonder if I bought enough I could build one complete. Smile
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Post  itsa_mia on Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:27 am

squadts are made up of various parts? really?
that might explain something
the arms on one of my nkd nozl are very very soft
if i pressed firm enough i could flatten the end that goes into the body
i wonder if its gid vinyl reacting with paint
my other nkd isnt like that

now im curious which parts you have found on what specimens
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Post  JasperF on Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:42 am

itsa_mia wrote:squadts are made up of various parts? really?
that might explain something
the arms on one of my nkd nozl are very very soft
if i pressed firm enough i could flatten the end that goes into the body
i wonder if its gid vinyl reacting with paint
my other nkd isnt like that

now im curious which parts you have found on what specimens

I have a NKD Nozzle as well that has a glowing cheek. Very very faint but it glows haha
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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:53 am

I've taken so many apart that it is tough to say which parts came where. I have two nozzels that had gid blue for the hose. Did find another body that was regular GID. Brightest GID piece I have ever seen!
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Post  itsa_mia on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:23 am

thats crazy
so theres blueys bits kicking about
i wonder if theres gid jack masks hidden under nkd disguises lol
this is messing with my brain blueGID blueGID blueGID
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Post  ontheDL on Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:25 pm

Hahaha! Next thing we know, freestuff is gonna be stripping all his squadts in an attempt to assemble a blue GID Laughing

Looking forward to the next update. And hopefully we get some NKDs soon because I have a few things I wanna try out!
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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:45 pm

ontheDL wrote:Hahaha! Next thing we know, freestuff is gonna be stripping all his squadts in an attempt to assemble a blue GID Laughing

Looking forward to the next update. And hopefully we get some NKDs soon because I have a few things I wanna try out!

Anthony decided to go a different route. Laughing

I'll try to get an update together this weekend, really sorry it has taken so long everyone!!!
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Post  CankleBreaker on Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:23 pm

Wow, thats interesting. Now I know I'm not going crazy, when I turn off the lights I noticed my NKD Nozzel has a very faint glow to him! blueGID
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Post  CankleBreaker on Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:37 am

Would the acetone method work on the soft rubber flippers that come on the Fr0gs or would it be too harsh? I spray painted a pair but need to strip so I can repaint it... any advice?
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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:21 pm

CankleBreaker wrote:Would the acetone method work on the soft rubber flippers that come on the Fr0gs or would it be too harsh? I spray painted a pair but need to strip so I can repaint it... any advice?
No idea since I don't know what material they are actually made from.  Wouldn't try it unless I was willing to throw them away.

UPDATE:

Absolutely nothing new to report. Haven't been able to do any painting in months. It has been rainy and humid! Besides which, work has taken all my free time. I am about to quit this job so that will not likely give me more free time as I will be self-employed after that. One of these days I will get back to painting some Squadts, only have half a dozen or so already in process. Still glad to answer any questions that I can so don't hesitate to ask!

Probably missed them but has anyone posted any pics of stuff they have painted??
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Post  CankleBreaker on Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:08 am

The flippers are made of a soft PVC type rubber, any ideas Greg?

EDIT: I stripped the spray paint w/ rubbing alcohol, no issues.

EDIT #2: I respray painted the flippers w/ a matte black spray paint, however it doesn't seem like its drying properly. Doesn't seem like its adhering to the vinyl... looks glossy and is still tacky.
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Re: Painting a Squadt: Not Step by Step - A Work in Progress

Post  itsa_mia on Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:17 am

im hoping to grab some supplies tomorrow and see how this goes
wondering if i need to buy a clear coat (matt) afterwards to keep the paint on
i suspect ill end up at home depot for this stuff
study

oct 14 edit: take 2
here's what im going to try next



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Post  ontheDL on Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:46 am

Greg...HALP!
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Post  itsa_mia on Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:37 pm

ontheDL wrote:Greg...HALP!
ive run into a problem

the primer is still very tacky on the arms (rustoleum primer ultra cover 2x)
i know they wont dry if it hasnt happened already

in hindsight i think it would have been best to leave the og paint and just spray ontop
(even on og i notice sometimes the paint doesnt 'stick' to the rubbery arms)

looking suggestions plz
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Re: Painting a Squadt: Not Step by Step - A Work in Progress

Post  edstuff on Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:50 pm

If the primer you applied is enamel it will not dry on bare vinyl. I had this issue with a munny once.
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Post  itsa_mia on Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:04 pm

thanks, its not labeled but ill assume it is enamel
the body/head seem fine but the arms are a different substance

i guess my only option is restrip the primer and just go straight paint?
someones painted arms out there, what u do? study
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Post  edstuff on Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:25 pm

You can use primer just make sure it's acrylic. Keep in mind I suck at painting so as far as technique you're on your own. Laughing 
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Re: Painting a Squadt: Not Step by Step - A Work in Progress

Post  ROACHSHACK138 on Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:09 am

Sorry for bringing an old thread up but has anyone ever have any expirience with air brushing? Or any oplinions on air brush vs. spray paint?
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Post  geopina on Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:16 am

I would say use what you have. airbrush is great if you have it , if not then you would need to buy the air brush(adjustable- meaning thin to wide) compressor or compressed air cans, keeping it clean.
Ive been using spraycans, i like the rustoleum (primers)from home depot or lowes, Blicks has Montana spray cans with tons of colors.
i think you can get more detail with a airbrush.
oh and dry brushing works great for detail as well.
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Post  ROACHSHACK138 on Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:44 am

Appreciate that! My technique is sloppy when it comes to spray painting. I can never it get it even, so it always comes out sticky after drying.
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Post  CankleBreaker on Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:17 am

Always do several light thin coats and allow plenty of drying time in between. Good thing you brought this thread up becus I'm gonna be trying to spray paint a figure soon too!
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