You don't use a gloss or glaze at all to keep the paint from chipping or melting with moisture? I mean, most customs aren't meant for anything more than display, but I do occasionally lightly handle my ponies and I'm worried about needing to constantly touch up a custom.
No, I have had a hard time finding a sealant that stands up to what I need. Most people use Modge Podge, but it is not waterproof, it will just goop up and stick to things. I've also used Testors-- but under handling and play that gets sticky (and I do love to play with my toys )
I've been looking to recolour one of my toys, but wasn't sure how to go about it. I still want the plastic look, and I read in a comment above that you use modge podge. Could using art spray paint work, would you know? I would prefer an even coat, free of any brush strokes for the recolour.
I've actually stopped using craft paints due to their thicker chalky textures, have found that Liquitex heavy-body paints dry well and are very consistent and easy to mix. Plus, you can get a set with all the basic colors (white, black, red, blue, yellow, green) at AC Moores, use their coupon, and get it for under $20 ^0^ Mine's lasted me three years of heavy use, and the only color I have used more than half the tube of is white.
Actually, it's 100% pure acetone. Nailpolish remover is ok on some circumstances: It's not a darker color than you pony. If you're working on a white pony and have blue nail polish remover, it can stain the plastic blue. yellow and white are good. Better if it has acetone in it.
Also you can use rubbing alcohol- a 70 or 90%- but the bottle of acetone was only 99 cents at walmart for me, I'd suggest investing, it'll save you some extra scrubbing.
Most spray paint doesn't adhere to plastic well. uses some kind of spray technique-- testors maybe? to do her ponies. You'll have to ask her for more specifics-- but don't use general all-purpose spray paint, you will ruin your pony.
How do you tackle painting the cutie mark? I'm working on a Roseluck, which probably has among the most difficult cutie mark designs to paint in a small space. How do you clean off excess paint in the instances you paint over the pencil lines?
one more question, about the paint. Is there anything you do to it after you let it dry? I ask because whenever i see the Blind bag customs on Equestria Daily they say something about sealing. Maybe that's just for the blind bag models, but i thought it would be best to ask.
Would this method of painting work on the original G1's? I don't see why it wouldn't, but I want to ask before I try it out. How different do those layers of paint make the pony feel? I'm sorry for all the questions, but I'm just getting in to customizing and restoring ponies and had to switch from oils on canvas into acrylics on ponies! It's great to see your method!