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I just copied this picture of the witch with original colors off of eBay, because I was amazed at just how much detail is lost because of the lousy paint job. Now I want to repaint one like yours, Tom! Just wish I could find a cheap one at a Flea Market, too!

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I just copied this picture of the witch with original colors off of eBay, because I was amazed at just how much detail is lost because of the lousy paint job. Now I want to repaint one like yours, Tom! Just wish I could find a cheap one at a Flea Market, too!

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Wow Elaine, I am in shock! That is something. GF could do so much more!

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WOW!!! It looks like two different molds!!!!Thats amazing, you have some talent.

Thank you, it's nothing really, just patience and time.

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Tom what kind of paint did you use ? Krylon Fusion for plastics? Any tips for prep ? if you covered this before im sorry was in a hurry.

Nevermind, Found it in the how to paint a blow mold section.

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hi tom

again very nice work, i like the color scheme on this one.

gary

Thanks Gary, GF used so much purples and pinks, I wanted to get back to a more traditional colors.

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Tom what kind of paint did you use ? Krylon Fusion for plastics? Any tips for prep ? if you covered this before im sorry was in a hurry.

Nevermind, Found it in the how to paint a blow mold section.

Yes I used Krylon Fusion and regular Krylon.

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Beautiful detailed work! Seeing the manufactuer's paint job next to yours really makes me appreicate the fine work that you've done. Couldn't even imagine how much time you've put into this.

Do you do custom re-paints for customers or just for friends?

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I found this one on ebay, with her already orange..........

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I saw that too! Had no idea they did her in orange. I wonder if anybody knows when she was made in this scheme and for how many years she was done this way?

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Beautiful detailed work! Seeing the manufactuer's paint job next to yours really makes me appreicate the fine work that you've done. Couldn't even imagine how much time you've put into this.

Do you do custom re-paints for customers or just for friends?

Thank you! Yes more time went into this one that I had thought. So far I have been just doing repaints for myself and a few friends. They take a lot of time and the way I work, I don't have time to do it for a lot of customers, I would love to be able to though!

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Wow, that's really great! I have that witch, and I agree, very dark. I've been seriously thinking about repainting the vast majority of my Halloween blowmolds next year, and you've inspired me to do my own take on it - you know, witch with green hair.

Really great work!

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Wow, that's really great! I have that witch, and I agree, very dark. I've been seriously thinking about repainting the vast majority of my Halloween blowmolds next year, and you've inspired me to do my own take on it - you know, witch with green hair.

Really great work!

Thanks Joe, and you really should! As nice as your work is I'm sure she would be great! So many possibilities.

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It is a great job on yours Tom.. but here I see a chance for us paint-challenged folks to just do some touch up or add on work and make the original much better!! eyes on the cat/bat, color in the trick or treat. little paint here and a little paint there!! I think I may try that and maybe the will boost my confidence enough to do a complete repaint : )

Jim

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It is a great job on yours Tom.. but here I see a chance for us paint-challenged folks to just do some touch up or add on work and make the original much better!! eyes on the cat/bat, color in the trick or treat. little paint here and a little paint there!! I think I may try that and maybe the will boost my confidence enough to do a complete repaint : )

Jim

Oh there deffinately is, my other one I got off ebay a while back, someone just added white to the lettering and it made a huge improvement. You need to just take a crappy one strip it down and give it a try, it really is easier than you think! Just take your time and be patient, the end result is very rewarding!

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