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    Does anyone happen to have the Lowes item number for the soldiers? I bought the Santa and snowman last year and bought the candle, candy cane and mickey/minnie this year. Trying to find out if there is a Lowes in my area that has the soldiers. So far no luck.


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    2 hours ago, razlfratz said:

    Does anyone happen to have the Lowes item number for the soldiers? I bought the Santa and snowman last year and bought the candle, candy cane and mickey/minnie this year. Trying to find out if there is a Lowes in my area that has the soldiers. So far no luck.


    My Lowes receipt shows 

    854722 HL Blowmold Toy Soldier


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    15 minutes ago, Mel Fischer said:

    Good luck, hope you find them.


    Thanks Mel. With about 20 Lowes stores with in a 50 mile radius of my house only one store has two of them. The rest of the stores do not have them.

    Luckily it is the store that is closest to me. LOL. Ordered, paid for and ready for pickup. 

    Thanks again.

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    On 10/2/2017 at 2:30 PM, qberg said:

    they don't seal the glitter paint?  I think I would head over to the spray paint isle and get the glitter sealer along with the blowmolds then. 


    On 10/4/2017 at 1:04 PM, nymark313 said:

    I have the candles from last year. The Glitter was horrible. I am thinking of stripping mine and repainting.

    WHat kind of sealer could I use so the Glitter doesnt come off????


    On 10/6/2017 at 11:27 PM, mwalz said:

    Maybe try some clear coat?


    Any of the sprays like this may work. I'm going to try it on some halloween pillars I'm building.

    I would NOT just grab the nearest can without comparing and reading the labels carefully.  I would be hesitant to use Lacquer based paint.  It might melt the plastic.

    On 10/7/2017 at 7:18 AM, slankard said:

    Does anyone have trouble with any of the sealers yellowing after a few years?  

    Krylon makes a UV resistant clear (indicated for use on plastic) which might be the answer although it's a little pricey.  It might be worth the trouble to put on a coat of their standard clear first and then a coat of the UV clear.  It comes in both matte and gloss finish.


    You can find it at Michael's.  (They usually have a weekly coupon for 40% off any 1 item.)



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    6 hours ago, HeavenlyScentInc said:

    thanks for posting the soldiers lighted.  i bought two this afternoon and will be returning two tomorrow. they look horrible lit up.  now i have to glut to the car and see what the mickey and minnie will look like plugged in.  what a disappointment.  


    Mickey and Minnie look fine lit up, it's only the soldiers that don't look good.

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