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I regret not finding this post sooner. you have no idea how bad i want to paint this for you. I had the same one years ago and lost it moving. simply awesome s-l1600.jpg

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Wow! Not just outstanding, ...outright inspiring! Have you noticed any long term unwanted effects of using oven cleaner to strip the paint, any weakened areas of plastic for example? I have several to restore and have been too cowardly to start. Doc.

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Have had no issues using the oven cleaner, other than it can really burn your skin.  I think I am going to have a permanent scar from it.  No updates or pics right now unfortunately.  I've spent quite a bit of time getting my 1928 Model A Ford ready for the driving season, and with the weather getting nicer we have been at the pool a lot, so most of my free time has been spent outside.  The project has to get done though as it stands now the molds can't be used because they are stripped, so as I get back to it, probably on a rainy day I will post more pictures.  Thanks for checking.

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I redid 5 Carolers and a fawn last year. I used oven cleaner to strip the heavy paint off it worked great! 

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On ‎6‎/‎9‎/‎2016 at 3:24 PM, jlknox11 said:

I redid 5 Carolers and a fawn last year. I used oven cleaner to strip the heavy paint off it worked great! 

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Those look great, but I really like the deer that's a good job.

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18 hours ago, shane page said:

Those look great, but I really like the deer that's a good job.

 

6 hours ago, BamaSanta said:

AWESOME Job there  on those repaints Jay.

 

1 hour ago, drkness said:

Outstanding paint job!

Thanks! I didn't use any fancy tools or techniques either I just used cans of spray paint. I didn't even use tape to tape off the areas when I did the brown on the deer I sprayed at an angle so it would blend so to speak! The deer is my favorite I worked on these for a month. Here's a couple pics of them in the display. I used a red/orange shade on the Carolers is hey would blend with the others. 

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Wow your carolers look great.  I have 5 of them I am redoing too.  3 guys, 2 girls.  Happen to have any extra heads you'd part with?  My two girls both have busted out noses, and while I can paint things, I don't think I can repair the plastic.

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On June 14, 2016 at 9:23 AM, Franchise_24 said:

Wow your carolers look great.  I have 5 of them I am redoing too.  3 guys, 2 girls.  Happen to have any extra heads you'd part with?  My two girls both have busted out noses, and while I can paint things, I don't think I can repair the plastic.

Funny you should mention that! I had to fix a Carolers nose because it was missing! Here's some photos. I used milk jugs and molded a nose for one. Here's some before, during, and after photos. 

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4 hours ago, The Blow Mold Expert said:

I don't restore any of my molds. I like to know that I have the original paint that (in older cases) is hand done by an artist. Even if it means I have to display it indoors or in a window.

Everyone's different!!

I'm the opposite, once one of my molds start to go, I think gee another cool summer project to add to the list!, or I'm going to make it better than when I bought it, or even in some cases like the GF snowman with blue or red scarf, that you can buy a bunch of  at the after sales, gee I'm going totally custom, and making my own  4 or 5 color scheme, and make the pipe have a cheery glow in the bowl like it should!!!

 BTW OMG nice milk jug fix!! Outstanding!!!!!

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On 6/15/2016 at 1:35 PM, jlknox11 said:

Funny you should mention that! I had to fix a Carolers nose because it was missing! Here's some photos. I used milk jugs and molded a nose for one. Here's some before, during, and after photos. 

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Wow those look amazing.  Can you go over the process with me in detail?  Looks like I will have to give it a try and don't want to mess things up.  Basically like how you attached the plastic, what was used, the process.  Thanks for the information.

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On 3/28/2016 at 11:32 AM, Franchise_24 said:

I'm finding that many many coats of a light mist is what is working best for me.  If you try to go too heavy it runs and you don't want to have to brush it as it looks bad then with the light.  I have just about finished the upper torso aside from getting a q-tip out to touch up minor areas.  I still have to do his face and eyes as well.  I am happy with the progress so far.  Before and after shots.

You may be onto something with the light mist, but I'm afraid that "many many" coats won't light up well.  I'd like to share a tip here.  I'm not trying to nitpick--just sharing an easier method.  There's no reason to tape off the belt (or any areas that are black such as boots or mittens).  Since it's going to be black no light is going to show through anyway.  Just paint it all red and then come back after the red has fully cured and paint the belt.  In addition to being a lot easier it will prevent having any voids (white areas) between the red coat an the black belt.

On 3/20/2016 at 4:52 PM, Snowplow_Henry said:

I have some experience painting but whenever I spray paint I always get bleed through under the edges where I use the masking tape. Is there a way to prevent that? Am I using the wrong brand of masking tape?

It does sound to me like you are using the wrong tape.  Don't use cheap masking tape.  A lot of the stuff at places like Home Depot or walmart is junk.  The best kind (in my opinion at least) is the green 3M kind for automotive use.  You can find it at some O'Reillys stores.  It costs about 4 bucks per roll.  When you remove the tape do NOT just grab it and start pulling.  Fold the tape back over itself and pull it slowly so that it "cuts".

TED

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to buy more tape.

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On ‎6‎/‎15‎/‎2016 at 1:35 PM, jlknox11 said:

Funny you should mention that! I had to fix a Carolers nose because it was missing! Here's some photos. I used milk jugs and molded a nose for one. Here's some before, during, and after photos. 

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What color are you using for the orange/ red color? I have been doing red and yellow like the holiday innovations ones because I cant find a good orange color to look like the poloron color. I have like 25 more to do, I don't think I will ever finish.

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Here is an update, now that summer is slowing down I am getting back to work on the blow molds, got 1 caroler done, minus a few spots to touch up.  I'm not a pro, nor is it perfect, but I am happy with it.2016-09-15 17.52.03.jpg2016-09-15 21.24.06.jpg

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No problem.  I will be posting more pictures as I get things done.  Have 4 more carolers to do, finish the bottom of my Poloron Mechanical Santa, and also finish my Poloron Sleigh/Santa

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