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Franchise_24

Blowmold Restoration

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My wife and I are restoring 5 Poloron carolers, a Poloron sleigh, and the Poloron mechanical Santa.  I will post pictures as I go but I just wanted to say that Easy Off Oven Cleaner MAX takes the paint off easily and is safe for the plastic.  It does a better job that the 3M paint stripper I bought.  We literally cleaned the blowmold, sprayed it on, let it sit 20 minutes or so and then it comes right off.  I wI'll get some pics online and show the progress.  I'm very excited.

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That is awesome!  I never would have thought about the Easy Off Oven Cleaner MAX.  Thanks for the tip!  Can't wait to see them painted!

 

Allen :)

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Thanks Allen.  Yeah it is pretty exciting.  I will keep updating this thread with pictures as we go along.  I'm sure it will take us awhile, but it will be worth it when it is done.

 

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Honestly Allen, the Easy Off Oven Cleaner worked better than the 3M stripper.  I think someone tried to repaint these before my dad got them, and the oven cleaner is the only thing to get it off.  Below is the pictures of the arms finished.  I am pretty happy with them.  Then some pictures of Santa's body getting masked to have the red painted.  Took 2 hours to mask all that off, then when I was done I didn't even feel like painting.  Maybe tomorrow or Sunday.

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Thanks for the information on the Easy Off Oven Cleaner.  Those arms look new!  Great job!  I can't wait to see the finished product.  A lot of hard work and it shows.

 

Allen :)

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Here is the body of the Santa with the red applied.  I believe I will go over it some more today or tomorrow.  Bad thing about some of the old paint not coming off is it shows, but I guess nothing is perfect.

 

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I saw that there was some old paint left, you might have dark spots where the old paint was when you light it up at night. When you strip the old paint you have to scrub it with a hard brush or even lightly with a wire brush.

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Is it hard to repaint one of these? I bought this one on EBAY recently and would like to attempt a restoration but I'm reluctant because I don't want to make her look worse:

 

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Thanks, Franchise! I'm thinking about trying this one and the SUNHILL bunny with the egg. I bought both on Ebay but the bunny is only faded. Last fall I bought a large Santa Claus head in a junk shop and it was only $15 because the ball on his hat was severely cracked up. I was able to glue it back together with epoxy but I have some cracks that show when lit plus that amber color from the glue. I thought I might test out a restoration on that. 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?

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With my experience in spray painting I always light the mold up and put on light and even coats of paint. I have noticed that this cuts down on the bleeding tremendously and gives a much better color to the mold when lit.

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On 3/25/2016 at 11:55 AM, Snowplow_Henry said:

I never would have thought of painting it lit or heated. How many light coats does it normally take on one of these?

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.

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Is there a correct order to paint a blow mold? Like do you paint the largest areas first and work your way down to smaller or do you do the darker colors first and work down to lighter or vice-versa on either scenario?

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I did all the red first as that was the most.  Moved to yellow, then black, then gold.  I have little areas to touch up still and paint his face.  With 5 Poloron carolers to do and a sleigh I hope I'm ready in November lol

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On 3/25/2016 at 9:55 AM, Snowplow_Henry said:

I never would have thought of painting it lit or heated. How many light coats does it normally take on one of these?

I continue to put on paint until i am happy with the colors and how well it all blends lit.

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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.

 

 

Awesome job, man!!!!!  B)

Allen

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