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Blow mold Nativity Custom Paint Job?

Should I make a Custom paint job Blowmold Nativity?  

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  1. 1. So, I'm thinking about buying the Pearl GFP Nativity set because it's on sale. I'm not too fond of blow molds without color, so i'm thinking about if I get it maybe to do a custom paint job, then the nativity would be unique and cool. What do you think?

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I think you have to do what makes you happy.  Have you painted blow molds before?  I haven't, except for small corrections here and there, but I do know that if it's not done correctly it won't look right.  

If you do paint them take pics and post so we can see your work! 

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Update:

I bought them for $38 in all, not too bad, better than $59

I haven't full on painted either, I'm going to practice with milk jugs with a C7 first, and get the technique down. hopefully I can start them in the spring so I can warm them up before painting. And yes, I'll take pics along the way :). Maybe if I like the way they turn out I'll repaint my 18" Poloron Nativity set as well.

 

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I do remember reading in another thread a while ago that you should take a small (propane) torch and "flame" the surface before painting.  It causes some kind of chemical reaction with the plastic and helps the paint to adhere better.    Just be careful not to stay in one place to long and burn/scorch any of the family members......

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Years ago TPI and Grand Venture told me that they torched  the blow molds before painting due to both the plastic and the paint were the same magnetic polarity and heating the plastic changed the plastic polarity to the opposite and that helped the paint stick to the mold better.  Union Products torched them to burn off mold oils before painting.

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So we can assume these molds were already heated/ torched at the factory prior to it's original paint application, is it necessary to do this a second time?

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I don't see why it would hurt. When I repainted our Union 40" ones, I stripped them with oven cleaner and used Dawn soap, rinsed and let air dry. Then used MEK to wipe down. They turned out PERFECT!

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On 12/19/2017 at 6:43 PM, ThatOneChristmasWolf12 said:

Update:

I bought them for $38 in all, not too bad, better than $59

I haven't full on painted either, I'm going to practice with milk jugs with a C7 first, and get the technique down. hopefully I can start them in the spring so I can warm them up before painting. And yes, I'll take pics along the way :). Maybe if I like the way they turn out I'll repaint my 18" Poloron Nativity set as well.

 

There is a lot of previous information about painting blow molds on this forum. I would suggest you search and read before you begin. It will save you time , money and effort in not having to experiment. Used to be a member here named Carrie Sansing who did a ton of blow mold re paints. She posted her secrets and techniques here. It is interesting to read the tip about blow torching the plastic before painting. I had never heard that one before. If i remember correctly, there is a specific spray paint available (menards?) which is designed for plastic. If you want to get really deep into it...you can try air brushing. 

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On 12/22/2017 at 10:31 AM, Big J Illinois said:

I don't see why it would hurt. When I repainted our Union 40" ones, I stripped them with oven cleaner and used Dawn soap, rinsed and let air dry. Then used MEK to wipe down. They turned out PERFECT!

20171222_093201-1.jpg

How many can I send you to paint for me lol!!!

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I've painted a few. Stripped them down (which may remove mold release agents), washed/scrubbed with Dawn, then wiped down with 91% isopropyl alcohol from Walgreens. Then used spray paint for plastic (Rustoleum, Fusion, etc)

No paint chipping after 4 years .

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