Tips for Painting With Sharpie

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DemarcationMedia wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:17 am
I painted my silver battle rifle with a sharpie and it came out pretty good. However, sharpie will not stick well and can be scratched off with ease.
I haven't tested this, but this might work for making the sharpie more permanent.

Wash the parts in soap and water, once dry sand them with a high grit paper to remove some of the protective coating.
Very important to use a sand paper that isn't too rough or you will see scratches when you sharpie it.

Once sanded, sharpie the parts and spray clear a finishing or you could even use clear nail polish.

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Hm, interesting. I may try that.

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Rogue-Elite wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:02 am
This. Do some research, there is a lot of good info here. I have been trying out some things on spares and what not.

I think sharpies and perhaps even the metallic pen markers work best on small details only.

not sure if you need to top coat afterwards but might make sense if you are going to be doing a lot of handling.

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The best advice with using for using sharpie is dont. Buy paints. Sharpies will always limit you and never allow you to progress

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I don't have much sharpie help (The only figured I used a sharpie on was a yellow spartan).
Here is how I do a wash on a figure
1: take a armor part ex: helmet, shoulder pad, lower leg
2: paint black/silver/brown ALL over the armor piece
3: get a second brush with water on it
4: use the water brush to wipe of the excess paint, don't press to hard otherwise it will all go
4: now you should see that a lot of paint got in the crevasses of the armor bringing out detail
5: repeat once more if it doesn't look dirty enough. This time ,however, press even less with the water brush.
This actually doesn't require that much paint. A general cheap container of the stuff can do, I've got ones that i can fit 2 or 3 in my hand. Most importantly DON’T let the paint dry until you have used water brush on it.

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Sharpie tends to rub off quite easily, but it lasts a bit longer if you clean the piece you are painting with warm, soapy water first.

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