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Jul 26, '07, 6:04 PM
i dunno if this is the right forum for these kinds of questions, and perhaps will be able to point me to some archived write-ups. :-)
i'd like to touch up Joker's hair which has some white showing through, and am wondering if anyone has had any success with a particular green from a particular paint brand.
also, any tips for fixing up fraying capes and suits?
thanks everyone! i am loving the mego madness around here!!!
Jul 26, '07, 10:45 PM
It is hard to find an exact match for any prepainted item.
The best thing to do is to find a close as possible match to Joker's Green hair but instead of touching it up, repaint most or all the hair.
I use the inexpensive acrylic paints at Walmart for this. You can get green paint in more than one shade or green and white to brighten it. The paints are usually under a buck each.
Most likely it will be a matte finish once you have painted it. Also if you want to remove the paint, it is still easy at this point.
To seal the paint and to give it a more glossy factory painted finish, I paint on clear, acrylic floor shine liquid (like mop and glow).
If the fraying on capes is not too much, they can be trimmed but getting a repro is probabaly a better bet.
Jul 29, '07, 7:58 PM
There are anti-fraying products available at material stores, although I've never used them so can't speak to how well they work.
As far as paint goes, like Mike, I use acrylics for this. If I can't get a match, I just play around with some paint mixing until I get it.
I've had moderate success with a no-fray product, but I forget the name.
As far as touching up a little green on Joker's head, I hate to admit it, but I'd probably go the easy route before messing with paint. Green Sharpie.
Jul 30, '07, 4:41 PM
thanks for the tips! i'll start snooping around at paint, and also for a green sharpie... heehee :grin:
Jul 30, '07, 9:24 PM
never heard of an anti ffraying i will have to try it . i have a few beat up robin suits i could try it on first. mike
Make sure you take before and after pictures. You'll enjoy seeing the figure more when you can remember what it looked like.
You can get stuff to stop fabric fray at any sewing store, or department store with a sewing section. Test a little on the cape to be sure it won't discolour the material. (And give it a full 24 hours to dry before you decide that it will or won't.) The stuff I use is called "Fray Check" and it works really well. I've used it on the nametags of my old combats and never got called for threads. (My old nametags were doctored up special, so one edge would sometimes unravel.) I'm sure it'll hold up on any actin figure.
Jul 31, '07, 6:28 PM
If you use Fray Check, practice on an old piece of cloth before applying to original Mego parts. You have to use just the right amount of pressure to get an even amount the whole way around. Every time that I've gotten excess on the fabric, it has noticably stained.
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