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post Jun 13 2007, 01:46 PM
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I went looking for Testors Dulcote at my local Wal-Mart and of course they did not have it. Over in the craft paint section I found a product made by Plaid called "Patricia Nimocks Decorative Crafts Clear Arcrylic Sealer" It comes in a spray can. They have both gloss and matte finish. I bought the matte finish and have used it for the paint on my Han Solo that I've been working on since the dark ages. WOW!!! The results are phenomenal!!! If you've been wondering how to make your hand painted figures look like Hasbro painted them, this stuff will do it! And it's only $4 a can! biggrin.gif

Please continue reading further posts before investing in this stuff!!!


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post Jun 13 2007, 04:18 PM
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i'll have to pick some of this stuff up next time i'm out at wally


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post Jun 15 2007, 12:51 PM
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Hmm... good tip!

Thanks for the advice! I'll give it a try when I run out of Dullcote -- which at the rate I'm going won't be until sometime in 2009!! ermm.gif

I just don't have enough time for customizing lately...
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post Jan 1 2008, 01:26 PM
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I have revisited this topic because I no longer like the results of this product. I have noticed that after a while the soft plastics feel sticky. Plus the clearcote itself seems to damage too easily. I need something that is stronger, doesn't make the sotf plastics sticky, and most of all can be found at a local store, preferably Wal-Mart.

Has anybody tried any of these?

Krylon Workable Fixatiff


Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze


Krylon Make It Last Clear Coat Sealant Spray


Krylon Low Odor Clear Finish


Krylon Clear Acrylic Spray Finish


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post Jan 1 2008, 03:18 PM
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None of those products really bond well molecularly with the vinyl used on Star Wars figures nor on most of the paints applied to them. You really need to find a hobby shop (an actual hobby shop, not a craft store or Walmart) and get some Dullcote™. Dullcote™ is really the only product I have ever seen that works really well on custom figures. I recommend getting the brush on version for figures and the spray on version for vehicles and playsets.


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post Jan 1 2008, 05:58 PM
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Although its a pretty old can, I use Krylon 'Matte Finish' Spray Coating. It's not one of the ones listed in your post, and I'm not sure if it's even made anymore.

Seeing Spectre's completed work, I know the Dullcote works, but I've personally had nothing but bad luck with it.


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post Jan 1 2008, 07:40 PM
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QUOTE (The Spectre @ Jan 1 2008, 04:18 PM)
You really need to find a hobby shop (an actual hobby shop, not a craft store or Walmart) and get some Dullcote™.

There hasn't been a hobby shop in Agony Albany, Georgia in about 15 years. That's why I have to get my plastruct parts on-line. Whatever I decide to start using as a sealer I want to be able to buy it locally. That way if I run out in the middle of working on a figure I can just go get some rather than waiting on it to arrive. I know that if I order on-line I could reorder before I run out, but that's an idea more easily said than done.


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post Jan 2 2008, 09:59 AM
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Here is the email response I received from Krylon:


Hi Gene,

Thank you for your inquiry with the Krylon website. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

We have no products in our line that are going to work for soft plastics.
Paints and finishes typically will remain tacky on this type of surface.
Off the top of my head, I can't say I know of a product that will work for your particular application, and not have the sticky/tacky problem. I'm sorry I couldn't help.


Thank you again for your inquiry. If you have any other questions, please reply with complete message history and my name in the subject line, and I will respond as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,
Eric
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post Apr 20 2009, 09:36 AM
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Hi all...I'm still new here. I only recently decided to rty custumizing and this is only my 3rd or 4th post. But recently I found something, that so far is working well for me. Valspar plastic primer. It's a clear coat that seems to be bonding very well since it is made especially for plastics. I found it at Lowe's since they carry Valspar products. They also have a few colors made for plastics. Wal-Mart has Krylon Fusion made for plastics. These are all sprays.
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post Apr 20 2009, 10:30 AM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Apr 20 2009, 10:36 AM) *
Hi all...I'm still new here. I only recently decided to rty custumizing and this is only my 3rd or 4th post. But recently I found something, that so far is working well for me. Valspar plastic primer. It's a clear coat that seems to be bonding very well since it is made especially for plastics. I found it at Lowe's since they carry Valspar products. They also have a few colors made for plastics. Wal-Mart has Krylon Fusion made for plastics. These are all sprays.


I've tried Krylon Fusion once and will NEVER make that mistake again. Valspar huh? I might give it a shot. I've upgraded the paints I use from Apple Barrell and Folk Art to Polly Scale and Model Masters. Now I don't really need a sealer. When I do I use Polly Scale Semi-Gloss clear acrylic.


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post Apr 20 2009, 10:33 AM
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Gene,

I actually have a can of the Krylon Clear Acrylic Spray Finish that is pictured and it's Matte counterpart. They have been useful on dioramas and ships, but you're right about figurtes. It just doesn't cut it. I have always been happy with Dull-Cote (and they should darn well be paying me a royalty for as often as I mention that little tidbit).


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post Apr 20 2009, 11:38 AM
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The Valspar primer seems to be working for me. I'm using cheap acrylics over it. My figures won't be played with at all really. I have this desire now and then to take them from the cases and stand them up just to admire them though.

I hope to get the customs I'm working on done soon. Then pictured and posted...I'll have to look up how to post pictures (and I think that is on the forum). Since I am new, I have started out just painting figures I had doubles of. My next step will be "parts" exchanges. I am also very interested in soft goods and have tried my hand...not so much success since I never learned how to sew. wacko.gif
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post Feb 2 2010, 11:38 AM
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I will be getting back into mode soon. Been collecting fodder for a few months.

I wanted to open this topic again to see if anyone has discovered any new solutions to arms, legs and heads tackiness. Almost everything I have painted remains tacky/sticky. I REALLY want paints the companies use.
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post Feb 2 2010, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Feb 2 2010, 10:38 AM) *
I REALLY want paints the companies use.


LOL, if you figure it out, let the rest of us know!


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post Feb 3 2010, 10:36 AM
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Can't somebody make a connection with someone on the "inside"? biggrin.gif
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post Feb 3 2010, 11:07 AM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Feb 3 2010, 09:36 AM) *
Can't somebody make a connection with someone on the "inside"? biggrin.gif


Quite honestly, no. They won't even release their color wheels for 10-15 years. When a toy company holds patents, it's usually in polymer dyes and paint formulations (same with car companies). They also subcontract out private labs that analyze the composition of similar lines hoping to catch one with their formulation and take Barbie's Dream House and make it theirs metaphorically speaking. Yes, they actually do own the color "blue". The employees sign non-disclosure/competition clauses so if they do release it, they're fired, they have to repay sallary plus damages. This is the really business and competitive side of the toy industry. How do I know this? I was a chemist and got a nice recruitment speech about working for them or leading a team for them post grad school. Course, Hasbro cut this division in the 4th Quarter last year, so good thing I switched to neurophysiology rolleyes.gif


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post Feb 4 2010, 09:56 PM
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Well damn! Then somebody sleep with one of these people and STEAL the information! LOL. Only joking. Unless someone will hook me up and I will pimp-out for this forum!
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post Feb 5 2010, 09:58 AM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Feb 2 2010, 11:38 AM) *
I will be getting back into mode soon. Been collecting fodder for a few months.

I wanted to open this topic again to see if anyone has discovered any new solutions to arms, legs and heads tackiness. Almost everything I have painted remains tacky/sticky. I REALLY want paints the companies use.


So the Valspar primer didn't end up working out on the soft plastics?


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post Feb 6 2010, 08:55 AM
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No, all the limbs on the figures got very sticky after several weeks. Very disappointing.
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Spring has arrived in the air and I'm ready to get out on the patio again and paint. I wanted to revisit this thread to see if anyone has found any new ideas...spray or brush on. I saw a spray Modge Podge sealer and wondered if that was worth using? I just can't make the soft plastics NOT be sticky. That is all I need, non-stickiness. I can deal with joint chipping. I wonder if I mixed super glue in my paints? But that turns white when it dries. mad.gif confused1.gif wallbash.gif censored.gif blowupff.gif
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