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Scott Rob

33” scarecrow H7067 Repaint ideas

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I bought a scarecrow with some paint issues. It was missing the light. When I added it in I realized it had a bad factory paint job. Also to me the back needed to be painted to. Has anyone ever painted the back or repainted the whole scarecrow? I did use a commercial sharpe to define the lettering on the bag. Thanks

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Back was never painted. And to me paint looks good.


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Did you refinish the pumpkins too?  I came across a pair of rather faded GFP pumpkins (078 - 12002U) at a garage sale while out cycling my neighborhood.  I picked one up to look for the mold marks when the seller offered it for a dollar.  I declined because it was so faded but had second thoughts when I realized I have several amber chip-on-board LED lights left over from doing an auto conversion.  So I went back and bought one of the two pumpkins.  It's a 25 inch tall mold.   I can install up to 800 lumens  of amber light so a coat of paint shouldn't inhibit the illumination. 

My question is what paint works well on these molds?  I have a small spray gun so I can use any paint that can be thinned.

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The pumpkins in picture were not faded but had most of the black paint on mouth and eyes were missing. So I did repaint them. I have touched up some yard sale faded pumpkin a few years ago. What worked for me was very lite coats of spray paint until you get the desired orange color. I did mine over many days and would lite them at night to see if they needed more coats. Also, I like using spray paint for plastic in picture attached make sure to get the ones that are without +primer. I only use the one with primer on black parts so no light will get though. The spray cans I get  came from ACE hardware and true value. Lowe’s has some but most are with +primer. 

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I also use clear UV (clear gloss) its one with clear top in the spray can picture. I normally wait until the next weekend after I paint to spray it on. Because it is very sunny in Georgia in October. Also some people use airbrush to paint and use the UV spray paint to lock in airbrush paint job. Good luck!

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Also, blowmolded.com has a really good write up on the restoration link. I included the being below. Also I went on Ace site the pictures are also below.

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Somewhere I came across the suggestion to use Pop Markers (isopropyl alcohol based) to restore the faded orange color for my 28" pumpkin.  The picture of a regular pumpkin pail at the website was pretty good.  They said it was better than paint because it showed the  light inside the blow mold better.   I decided to buy a container of the ink from a Chinese website where it was $1.80 for a 25 ml container wit the idea of applying it with an artists brush.    It arrived  today after 16 days shipping so I tried it out.

Can't add the image of the ink bottle so see it here: https://i.postimg.cc/qvcSq5kZ/Artriink-pop-marker-ink.jpg

Lessons learned:  Don't use it straight out of the bottle.  Dilute it with 90% isopropyl alcohol and then test a portion on the back of the mold.  When you dilute the ink, make enough diluted ink to finish the job.   It probably works best to use just one coat.   I used about 1/3 of the 25 ml to coat the mold. 

My test was not as nice as what the website showed but I will try again with one of the faded pumpkins that I have in the attic.   Cleanup is with the same alcohol. 

 

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