Hello and welcome to another one of my custom guides! Today we're tackling repainting a basic Transformers figure. Keep in mind this is only a guide, not follow-like-it's-law rules. This guide shows how I personally paint a transformer and there are many different ways to do this.
While you can hand-paint your basecoat as shown in the guide I recommend using Tamiya Spray Lacquers as your basecoat now. It fully cures in an hour and resists rubbing really well. I do often remove ball-jointed sections or the lightpipe eyes when painting to make it easier but never remove pins. You can also unscrew sections to paint separately and use aluminum foil to cover up sections. Silly putty can be 'sculpted' over windows or smaller sections to act as a paint mask. For painting details I use:
About the last step, sealing: If your figure has any soft rubber parts like tires, nosecones, or faces, cover them up with painter's tape or tinfoil. Any spray-on sealers like Krylon Crystal Clear or Tamiya clear Lacquer will make these tacky and will never dry on them, slowly dissolving the softer plastics. Alternately you can brush on or airbrush on Vallejo Acrylic Varnishes as they won't make anything tacky.
Ok, we ready to start? then get reading! This guide is split up into two parts. Click the link all the way at the bottom of the page to continue to part 2.
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