Reducing Joint Rub and Paint Wear

Well you've completed your custom and are pretty darn proud. You go to put him in a cool superhero pose but what's this? The paint is coming off from the joints, arrrgh! Well you're not alone. Joint rub and paint wear is a problem that plagues customizers day in and day out. Sometimes it's mild, sometimes it's glaring. This guide will help you reduce joint rub in many of the main places it shows up. Keep in mind every figure is different and sometimes one will require more extreme measures than another to stop the paint from rubbing. Using these tips you shouldn't need to take your figure apart. These tips use a Dremel, file, some sandpaper, an X-acto knife, and some superglue. With a little practice you should be able to nip joint rub in the bud!

For larger areas that need the superglue shield protection method add the superglue directly to the surface then cover your finger in a ziplock baggie and smear it around. The glue won't stick to the ziplock baggie plastic. However make sure you use a new section of bag each time you try this on a new section or dried flakes will rub off from the bag surface. Also you don't want to breathe superglue fumes as it dries so work in a VERY well ventilated area or wear a 3M Organic Vapor respirator and some goggles if the fumes irritate your eyes. Safety first!

Please remember this is only a guide. I've come across figures where nothing but cracking the sucker open and sanding down/superglue-shielding all the rubbing edges work. Other times you'll only need to use a few of these tips. In any case work slow and don't get frustrated. Good luck!

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