Jump to content


How to paint lego?


48 replies to this topic

#1 Darth_Legois

Darth_Legois

  • Bagel Heretic


    Posts: 2241
    Joined: 03-April 07
    Member: 1496
    Country: Australia

Posted 20 August 2008 - 10:26 AM

Hi i have a mutt hair piece i love it :wub: but theres one thing, i want one in Tan/Blonde [Same thing :hmpf: ]
So i was talking to my sister [She does lots of artistic stuff] and she said i'd probable need a small can of spray paint, but she took one of my other mini-fig hair pieces [Normal one] and said she'd try normal paint or something on it. So i was wondering what should i do? And what kind of paint and is there an exact colour thats the same as the normal tan/blonde LEGO colour?

Sorry mods if this is the wrong place :sceptic:


#2 Axel

Axel

    Posts: 120
    Joined: 03-June 08
    Member: 3232
    Country: Australia

Posted 20 August 2008 - 12:42 PM

Use any sort of acrylic or spray paint with a paint sealant over it after you finish.

Velethuil, Captain of the Kaliphlin Elf-Knights


#3 UniqueBuilder

UniqueBuilder

  • Mr. Dark Ages


    Posts: 1677
    Joined: 12-November 06
    Member: 1075
    Country: Norway

Posted 20 August 2008 - 09:48 PM

I have no idea about the paint itself, but if you can't get it in a spray can, I'd reccommend an air brush:

Posted Image


You can get some cheap ones that run on compressed air cans instead of a compressor. Worth the money, especially if you're going to do this more than one time..



"I respect 50 Cent. He's the only person known to make 'me', 'me' and 'see' rhyme with the letter P."
-erikutt


The Dark Ages got me... Smell ya later!


2,718281828459045235360287471352662497757247093699959574966.....

#4 Darth_Legois

Darth_Legois

  • Bagel Heretic


    Posts: 2241
    Joined: 03-April 07
    Member: 1496
    Country: Australia

Posted 20 August 2008 - 11:47 PM

Well im only planning on doing it once, but then again i might get addicted :wacko:  :laugh:

If/When i get a can of spray paint i will have to go with my dad or someone, they might will think im going to go graffiti someones wall :laugh:


#5 ¹²³←

¹²³←

    Posts: 23
    Joined: 07-August 08
    Member: 3678

Posted 30 August 2008 - 03:49 PM

I usually use warhammer colors... :tongue:

#6 JopieK

JopieK

  • Kneecap Buster


    Posts: 2412
    Joined: 04-January 07
    Member: 1180
    Country: Netherlands

Posted 30 August 2008 - 06:49 PM

I also would be nice to paint the yellowish white bricks white again. I have a bunch in chlorine at the moment but we really don't like it that quite some bricks become tan themselves. At 1000steine I heard that it could be caused by the influence of cardboard but I'm still not totally sure about that.

New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help?Ask Here
Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide


Posted Image

-== Classic LEGO trains are the best ==-

Do you need replacement stickers for LEGO (reproductions and customs): ministickers.nl

What then about the LEGuanO?!


#7 Squeaker

Squeaker

    Posts: 138
    Joined: 08-November 07
    Member: 2160

Posted 01 March 2009 - 06:02 PM

There is a dye used for car interiors (plastics) called vinyl dye, Brent Waller used it to great avail:
Posted Image
the dye actually is absorbed by the plastic so it won't rub off easily. I heard somewhere you can get it at NAPA auto parts.

#8 exxtrooper

exxtrooper

    Posts: 355
    Joined: 04-February 09
    Member: 5208
    Country: Norway

Posted 01 March 2009 - 06:28 PM

I use the german E-MAIL colors, they are very effective but need to dry 1-3 days.
Official host on the TTV podcast!
Newest Lego creation(s)/other: Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#9 Tinn-man

Tinn-man

    Posts: 450
    Joined: 17-October 08
    Member: 4164
    Country: United States

Posted 13 May 2009 - 03:53 AM

Sorry for bumping an old topic, but I have recently found myself wanting to paint a few pieces for minifigures.  
Posted Image

Would this be ok to paint minifigures with?  Or is it better to stick with spray paints?

#10 Stash2Sixx

Stash2Sixx

  • I am not a girl!


    Posts: 2674
    Joined: 02-May 08
    Member: 3094
    Country: US of A

Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:09 AM

I've used the Testors brand before and it works fine.  Just a few tips...If you are going to paint a large area, spray it if possible.  It will look much better than if you had used a brush.  Also stick with acryllic paints.  They are so much easier to clean up!

For small details, I have been using the paints from Games Workshop...no complaints so far.

I know a few other people that use Krylon Fusion, which is designed for plastics.  I believe the Krylon is only available as a spray can though.

Some people are like slinkies.  They're not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs! -Anonymous

"Life's tough...It's even tougher if you're stupid" - John Wayne

flickr



New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here

Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide | Tutorials


#11 DJ Force

DJ Force

  • Topic Killer


    Posts: 1248
    Joined: 05-January 07
    Member: 1193
    Country: Germany

Posted 13 June 2009 - 12:28 AM

 Squeaker, on Mar 1 2009, 07:02 PM, said:

There is a dye used for car interiors (plastics) called vinyl dye, Brent Waller used it to great avail:
Posted Image
the dye actually is absorbed by the plastic so it won't rub off easily. I heard somewhere you can get it at NAPA auto parts.

Is that a paint, a spray or what exactly?
I´m wondering since I do a lot of customizing and always wondered how to recolor actionfigure joints without having the paint rub off again when moving the joints....

Chapter 2 is online!
Posted Image
Don´t miss this epic adventure, the continuation of the Exo-Force story arch and let Exo-Force get the AFOL-treatment!

Chapter 1, Chapter 2
Building Instructions: Golden City Mini-Flyer, Sky Spy

#12 Hound Knight

Hound Knight

  • Exblower Artistic Genius!


    Posts: 976
    Joined: 29-March 09
    Member: 5665
    Country: USA

Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:56 PM

 Stash2Sixx, on May 13 2009, 02:09 AM, said:

I've used the Testors brand before and it works fine.  Just a few tips...If you are going to paint a large area, spray it if possible.  It will look much better than if you had used a brush.  Also stick with acryllic paints.  They are so much easier to clean up!
I too use Testors, with great results. Please don't use acrylic though, it chips off LEGO pieces very easily.
~ Hound Knight,   BrickForge Firebrand

Posted Image

Support the Pirates forum, buy your LEGO here!

#13 streifen

streifen

    Posts: 674
    Joined: 12-June 09
    Member: 6375
    Country: Singapore

Posted 14 June 2009 - 07:01 AM

so far i have used Games Workshop arylic paint. they are good on plastic.  :thumbup:
Posted Image

#14 Stash2Sixx

Stash2Sixx

  • I am not a girl!


    Posts: 2674
    Joined: 02-May 08
    Member: 3094
    Country: US of A

Posted 14 June 2009 - 08:15 AM

I use the acrylics, but I make sure to add some type of clearcoat.  Semigloss is pretty good if you can find it. I find normal gloss to be way to reflective.  Looking forward to showing off some work in here soon.  Brickworld is just eatin' up all my time right now.

Some people are like slinkies.  They're not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs! -Anonymous

"Life's tough...It's even tougher if you're stupid" - John Wayne

flickr



New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here

Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide | Tutorials


#15 Mraz Skintas

Mraz Skintas

    Posts: 753
    Joined: 22-April 09
    Member: 5865
    Country: USA

Posted 14 June 2009 - 02:14 PM

I know, Darth Legois, that you posted about a specific hair piece, but in general, if you are painting something small, I would recommend what UniqueBuilder posted - a small airbrush. If you want to paint something large one solid color (i.e. a baseplate), I would recommend a can of spray paint. I went to Walmart yesterday and bought some of the $1.12 cans for a baseplate, and it turned out nice and green.

Posted Image

-'Skintas

#16 Oswald the Rabbit

Oswald the Rabbit

    Posts: 208
    Joined: 29-April 08
    Member: 3084

Posted 20 June 2009 - 12:36 PM

What should I use if I wanted to paint the yellow on a minifig torso flesh.

#17 Ratshot

Ratshot

  • Thank you for your contributions!


    Posts: 3156
    Joined: 24-December 08
    Member: 4799
    Country: Canada

Posted 20 June 2009 - 04:55 PM

 Tinn-man, on May 12 2009, 11:53 PM, said:

Sorry for bumping an old topic, but I have recently found myself wanting to paint a few pieces for minifigures.  
Posted Image

Would this be ok to paint minifigures with?  Or is it better to stick with spray paints?

NO, I have tried that stuff before on my minifigs and it is terrible. It is very see through and blotchy/globby.

My flickr

Posted Image
1969 Dodge Charger RT


#18 Dave Shaddix

Dave Shaddix

    Posts: 41
    Joined: 25-January 10
    Member: 9287

Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:40 AM

I'm a purist, but I will need to commit the 'infamous crime against LEGO' for a project and do not want to take the time or expense to have elements chromed so I have resolved to paint the elements.  A few questions though...

- Does the paint/clearcoat impede or impact the ability to stud-down a brick onto another?

- How many coats are typically used to get an even color?

- Will I feel as dirty as I think I will?

- If I do feel dirty, is it a 'good' dirty?

Gosh, I guess that's it, not really worth making a list.  I'll think of something else!
~dave

#19 Eldervampire

Eldervampire

    Posts: 59
    Joined: 19-August 09
    Member: 7091

Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:36 PM

HAH ! Finally a topic I can help with. The  B-E-S-T thing I have ever used on any type of plastic is the Dupli-Color brand paitn for plastics. I have used the dye an entire automobile interior, from a crappy bluish color to a stunning Black and white combo. I have even used it on leather and fabric seating areas and steering wheels. This stuff is amazing. To prove to a guy that this is the way he should go with his resto-mod 70 Chevelle, I had done my door panel and then scratched it with my keys and that area was still white underthe scratch. It comes in a spray can, but I have used a cup to spray into and then small brushes to do fine detail work. It goes on smooth and dries pretty quick. It all comes down to prepwork though. So educate yourself on model car painting and real auto painting as they will help here I am sure.

Mike

#20 Flobnomdob

Flobnomdob

    Posts: 213
    Joined: 03-September 11
    Member: 20208
    Country: Wales

Posted 30 September 2011 - 09:11 PM

Personally I would use Airfix paint, I'm sure it does come in that kind of colour...

:shark: I must say, though, why don't you get the Racecar Driver from Collectable Minifigures series 3? It'll save ruining a, as you say, a great peice?
My flickr-
Posted Image  Flobricks- a blog by me for interested people
Minotaurs rule! -Ahem- ...And Cyclops! And Medusa! And Yeti! And Unikitty!

Quote

All hail Flobnomdob!

#21 Lord Of The Fries

Lord Of The Fries

    Posts: 427
    Joined: 12-January 11
    Member: 15376
    Country: Down Under!

Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:20 AM

Well, if you want the Mutt Williams hairpiece in Tan/Blonde then just get the Collectible Minifigures Series 3 Racecar Driver 'cos he has that colour hair and hairpiece  :classic: .
This will also save you buying some painting materials if you're only doing this once  :wink: .

If Practice makes perfect and nobody's perfect,then why practice?
"Do you like popsicles?" - Herbert
My Flickr My YouTube Channel

SSSsssssss.....BOOM!, F*** you Creeper!


#22 prateek

prateek

  • Study hard!


    Posts: 10407
    Joined: 09-July 05
    Member: 426
    Country: Canada

Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:59 AM

I hope you guys know that the original post is more than 3 years old, so a tan hairpiece didn't exist back then.
But, on the topic, I've seen Bosny and Tamiya being used to great success, mostly in KielDaMan's MOCs.
Posted Image

#23 SerenityInFire

SerenityInFire

    Posts: 82
    Joined: 28-October 11
    Member: 21204
    Country: USSR

Posted 28 October 2011 - 12:39 AM

I used to use Testor's enamel paints for painting model kits but I've since switched to Games Workshop acrylics because I got sick of getting buzzed all the time.  They are also some of the highest quality acrylic paints out there and I would highly recommend using them.
Posted Image Posted Image

#24 Lego Man Can

Lego Man Can

    Posts: 80
    Joined: 16-June 11
    Member: 18505
    Country: England

Posted 28 October 2011 - 12:34 PM

I'm no expert on painting LEGO, but I used to do a lot of Airfix, and I used Humbrol spray paint, it may be a little bit overpriced, but trust me the finish is amazing and it comes in loads of colours.

Here is a colour that I would use for tan:

http://www.humbrol.c...55&resultspage=

And you can get gloss for the finishing touch:

http://www.humbrol.c...55&resultspage=

Edited by Lego Man Can, 28 October 2011 - 12:37 PM.

Posted Image Posted ImagePosted Image Posted Image

#25 Wardancer

Wardancer

    Posts: 771
    Joined: 04-June 11
    Member: 18260

Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:37 PM

Would it make sense to establish a sort of database, in which customizers could record which paint they used to match the original LEGO colours?

Or is there already such a thing? Color matching is surely every customizers problem.

I just spend 15 Euro for trying to mix a paint that matches LEGO dark blue. Then it didn't. If someoe had already tried that and recorded it somewhere, I could have saved my money. One could go "Ohh, let's see how others mix reddish brown?"

What do you customizers think? Is this too specific a thing? Would it be giving away secrets?



Reply to this topic



  


1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users