How to Custom Paint Transformers

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How to Custom Paint Transformers
Cut the sandpaper into small pieces if necessary. (scissors image by Pefkos from

Transformers are a line of toys manufactured by Hasbro, Inc. The toys are well known for their ability to change from robots to a variety of modes, such as cars, aeroplanes, insects and beasts. If you would like to custom paint your Transformer toy, you must prepare it in the appropriate manner. Like many other toys, Transformers are composed of plastic. Like other items made of plastic, Transformer toys are not suited for fresh paint. If you want the custom-painted finish to last, abrade the toy with sandpaper prior to painting.

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Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Coarse sponge
  • Rags
  • Fabric dust sheet
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Latex primer
  • Craft brushes
  • Acrylic enamel

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    Wash the Transformer toy with dish soap. Toys tend to accumulate dust and oils from fingertips. This will prevent the toy from accepting new paint. Use a coarse sponge to thoroughly clean the Transformer, then rinse it with wet rags. Place the toy on a fabric dust sheet and let it air-dry for an hour.

  2. 2

    Sand the Transformer to promote adhesion. This act creates a rough surface that will help with primer adhesion. Sand only those portions of the Transformer you plan to paint. Cut the sandpaper into small pieces if necessary.

  3. 3

    Coat those parts of the toy you plan to paint with latex primer, using small craft brushes. Primer will only stick to those areas abraded with sandpaper. Do not try to prime unsanded parts of the toy. Let the Transformer dry for two hours.

  4. 4

    Wash your craft brushes in the sink.

  5. 5

    Paint the primed Transformer with acrylic enamel, using the clean craft brushes. Let the Transformer dry for two hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Craft brushes are available in a variety of sizes at local hobby stores.
  • Ordinary latex and acrylic paints tend to flake off toys. Since Transformers are composed of moving parts, they are subject to more duress than the average toy. Use an enamel, or the custom-painted finish will likely fail.

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