How to paint resin figures

Written by angela neal | 13/05/2017
How to paint resin figures
Paint your own resin figures. (figurine 07 image by thierry planche from

If you want to display figurines in your home but you want more control over the colours they have, you can try painting them yourself. Painting resin figures is a hobby that many people enjoy, especially if the figures are miniatures of their favourite comic book or movie characters. Buying a resin figure to paint costs less than buying a finished one, so this project will save you money and allow you to use your creativity.

Snip off any extra pieces of resin that may be sticking out of the seams of the figure with a pair of needle nose pliers. These pieces are left over from the moulding process. Scrap off the extra resin on the seams with a utility knife. Look at a finished picture of your figure, if possible, to make sure you don't accidentally snip off any parts that are supposed to be there.

Wash the resin figure in a bath of warm water and mild soap to remove the mould release that is still on the surface. Scrub the surface with a washcloth and be careful around any smaller, delicate parts of the figure. Remove the figure from the water and dry it off with paper towels.

Place your figure on some newspaper in a well-ventilated work area. Shake up a can of white primer spray paint and spray a thin, even coat all over the resin figure. Wait for the first coat of primer to dry, add another one and allow it to dry all the way.

Mix up a colour for the base or flesh tone of the figure. For a light skin tone, mix some beige, white and red together until you get the tone you want. Dip a paintbrush into the paint (natural bristle works best) and apply a thin coat all over the areas where skin is showing.

Add a darker colour to the base paint and add shadows. For example, if the resin figure is wearing clothes, paint a slightly darker colour in the crease where clothes meet the skin. Show muscle tone and body curves with the darker colour. Work slowly and add thin coats. You can always go back over the shaded areas to darken them--it's harder to fix areas that become too dark.

Paint the clothing and hair colour of the resin figure and use the same shading technique that you used for the skin. Add smaller details like facial features with a thinner brush. Go slow and keep applying thin amounts of paint to avoid mistakes. Wait 24 hours for the paint to dry completely.

Spray on a clear, matt varnish to protect and preserve the paint. Allow the varnish to cure over 24 hours.

Things you need

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Warm water
  • Mild soap
  • Washcloth
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper
  • White spray primer
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear spray varnish

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