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Removing Nendoroid Eyes/PaintRemoving Nendoroid Eyes/Paint

maggiemaggiehace 1 añoTutorial
This is fairly simple but I see some people struggling with it so I thought I'd take a few pictures.

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to simply and easily remove the eyes from a nendoroid's face plate.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/600/maggie1501279079.jpeg

You will need:

100% Acetone
A clean cloth or paper towel
The face you wish to remove paint from

TIP: It MUST be 100% acetone. There are many kinds of removers that have all sorts of things in them, but you're looking for the strongest stuff to strip that paint off. You can find these at most drug stores for just a few dollars, this one is from Target for I think $2.19. Beware that it will smell and do not tip the bottle; almost all the ones I get leak after opening if the bottle is tipped with the cap on. Sometimes I will transfer some to a glass bottle but not this time!

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/600/maggie1501279081.jpeg

First get some acetone on your cloth. I usually tip the bottle just once or twice. Acetone dries very quickly.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/600/maggie1501279083.jpeg

Take the cloth that has acetone on it, apply gentle pressure and wipe away the paint.

TIP:
Do NOT oversaturate the cloth, and do NOT linger on the eyes/rub back and forth. Just a simple, light pressure swipe, and try to lift at the end of the swipe so you don't smear paint all over.

Acetone WILL soak into the plastic. The point here is not to linger and dissolve the paint, but pick it up on your clean cloth. If there is too much acetone, and/or you just let the cloth sit, the paint could permanently soak into the plastic.

When acetone soaks into the plastic, the plastic will soften (this is how the paint can stain if left), so make sure you try to avoid scratching or scraping it. Watch those nails!

Each swipe should be with a new splash of acetone and a clean part of the cloth. If you keep using the same spot, the paint will just smear around and make a mess. Again, the point is to pick up the paint from the plastic onto your cloth.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/600/maggie1501279085.jpeg

This is after 2-3 swipes. Very easy, and quick. 1 swipe for each eye and one to clean up anything leftover. There was a little bit around the nose in the crevice, so I splashed on some acetone to my cloth, folded the wet/saturated part, and used the edge to remove the paint in the small area.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/600/maggie1501279087.jpeg

All finished!!

Very easy, right?

Please do notice that there is a very faint lightening of the area where the eyes had been. It's not that noticeable, but keep it in mind if you are using a face that has a radically different eye size than the eyes you plan to paint or transfer on.

Also please know that the acetone will strip away the finish on the area you use it on, so it will have a little more shine to it than the matte finish of the rest of the face. You will be going over the face again with a sealant when you're done making eyes so this shouldn't be a real problem.

This tip works for all paint removal from figures, so if you have some junk figure or something you want to recolor, you can practice on that if you like before you move on to faces.

I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial, I wish to make more and get progressively more advanced for customizing once I get more parts to play with.
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I CAN'T BELIEVE TOTTY IS FUCKING DEAD
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maggie (hace 1 año) #24061059Hmm, well I did a split and no one took it, so I thought I'd use it for this tutorial. I was thinking of making it into a 'cat face' for Killua from Hunter x Hunter. There's a list of about 6 customs I want to make, but I need to wait for the right parts to come up, essentially (and I'll need to tinker to figure out how to make the more challenging parts I don't have much reference for (i.e. inuyasha's 'pants'). I'll elongate the edges of this mouth into more of a curve for a more recognizable cat smirk.
Oh , it reminded me of a cat "mouth" too, it will look really cute I'm sure :) I look forward to see your next tutorials!
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Pinokkio Want to be free!
My eyes...ahhhh O.o
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Bye totty
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shiroiusagi (hace 1 año) #24060953Nice tips! I think I would also have tried to rub the acetone on until the paint disappeared XD
The mouth on that faceplate is really cute! What will you customize with it?


Hmm, well I did a split and no one took it, so I thought I'd use it for this tutorial. I was thinking of making it into a 'cat face' for Killua from Hunter x Hunter. There's a list of about 6 customs I want to make, but I need to wait for the right parts to come up, essentially (and I'll need to tinker to figure out how to make the more challenging parts I don't have much reference for (i.e. inuyasha's 'pants'). I'll elongate the edges of this mouth into more of a curve for a more recognizable cat smirk.
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Nice tips! I think I would also have tried to rub the acetone on until the paint disappeared XD
The mouth on that faceplate is really cute! What will you customize with it?
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FatalReticence (hace 1 año) #24059639Thanks for the tutorial! The tip about not lingering/rubbing is helpful because that's probably what I'd end up doing lol.

No problem! It's such a simple thing I felt a little silly making a tutorial for it, but as I wrote it I also realized there's some technique involved, in a way, and it can be easy to ruin the plastic if you just let the acetone sink in and keep rubbing a paint-filled cloth on it 9_9;;
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FatalReticence JSMT~ ♥
Thanks for the tutorial! The tip about not lingering/rubbing is helpful because that's probably what I'd end up doing lol.
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