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post Feb 13 2007, 04:47 PM
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I'm trying to make a Stormtrooper figure looking dirty (like he's been through some major action and hasn't had his armor polished in a while) and I thought that shoe polish might work well. Is it removable without ruining the figure? I'm not really interested in painting him I just want to know if the shoe polish would ruin the figure or not because I'd like to remove it at one point.
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post Feb 13 2007, 06:42 PM
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Shoe polish, I think, would permanently stain the figure. It's meant to penetrate and protect.

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post Feb 14 2007, 12:35 PM
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The least permanent way I can think of would be to use children's water colors. They should wash off by soaking the figure in water. I have no idea what long term contact (more than a few weeks) might do to the plastic tho'. You could test it on a junk figure and see how it turns out.

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post Feb 14 2007, 01:05 PM
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i think sometimes, the 501st guys use different artists chalk to accomplish temporary weathering. I dont know any more details than that though.

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post Feb 14 2007, 04:10 PM
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Shoe polish would stain the figure. Kids washable paint may set in to an almost permenant state. A dry brush technique would be the best bet and a some thinner would take it off when your done.


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Pencil....can smear it, apply it in fine lines, and not permanent.

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