In my figure profiles I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been doing paint touch ups on some of the figures I’ve added to my collection that have come with more paint wear than expected and rightfully so as these figures have been purchased loose and are 30 years old so some wear is to be expected. I did a lot of research into exactly what type of paint to use for the best results on Joes and the two most common hobby paints out there are going to be acrylics and enamels. Speaking from personal experience, Acrylics is best suited for painting GI Joe. Acrylic paint is easier to use, easier to clean up in case you goof, and I’ve found that the texture and consistency of the paint lends itself to cleaner strokes, which can be helpful when painting in small areas.
With Enamels, you have to deal with paint thinner which can be a bit daunting to the novice (like myself) and you have to use just the right combination to get the consistency you need which again can be a little daunting if you don’t know what you’re doing. Also, if you make a mistake, paint thinner will also need to be used to clean up the mistake which can damage the original paint on the figure unlike acrylics which cleans up with water. There are any number of brands out there to choose from for acrylics but just make sure you get hobby paint and not art paint which has a completely different consistency and texture. Personally, I prefer Tamiya paint which I’ve had really good luck with in the past on a variety of different projects not just painting Joes, but again your mileage may vary so use whatever you’re comfortable with.
I also highly recommend investing on a good paint brush. I made this mistake once, thinking “it’s just a brush right?” Wrong. The quality of the brush you use can greatly affect the quality of your work so choose well. I’ve stuck to the Tamiya brand again and purchased a 3 pack of brushed with varying widths for 10$ that do a great job. When it comes time to paint you should follow the basic guidelines of painting such as painting in a clean well lit and well ventilated area. Make sure you have everything you need before you start, such as your paints, brushes, sand paper and a clean up towel, nothing worst that having to stop mid project to go get something you forgot and compromising your work. If at first you don’t succeed, keep practicing! look in your spare parts bin or old toy box and practice on an old toy before you start painting that rare figure. And finally and this is really important, have patience! realize that painting is a process and getting the results you want may take many coats to achieve, but keep practicing and you’ll soon be a painting pro. Here’s a good site to get you started on your way Hobbylinc.com – they have a good variety and decent prices.
I’d like to thank my lovely assistant Bazooka for posing for pics for today’s entry. Yo Joe!