Jack is no longer balding!
Err…well in that case, Jack no longer has really “thick part lines” in his hair….that looked like bald spots.
I previously pointed out those troublesome flesh colored spots and the discolored top tuft of hair in my review of the knockoff SH Figuarts Captain Jack Sparrow Action Figure available here.
With a quick application of paint, Jack’s hair looks much fuller and more consistent in color.
This is an easy fix for this figure that anyone can do, but Jack ends up looking so much better.
I ended up using some cheap acrylic paints I already had at home, but you can use more expensive brands if you like. You just need to make sure you only use acrylic paints and not enamel paints. Enamel paint do not dry well on some types of plastic.
The supplies I used to repaint Jack’s hair are:
- Model Master Acrylic white primer (Just make sure you don’t use the Enamel paint version!) available here: (Amazon Affiliate link) http://amzn.to/2D9iart
- Apple Barrel Burnt Umber Acrylic Craft Paint (you can get this brand at craft stores or Walmart, but any dark brown acrylic paint will work.)
- Apple Barrel Black Acrylic Craft Paint
- Matte Sealant: (Amazon affiliate link) http://amzn.to/2dCHcnC
How to repaint Jack’s hair:
I started off by dissembling Jack’s head by removing his bandana and face plate. Then I also removed the little loose piece of hair at the back of his head that was supposed to be glued down so I could get better access to the flesh colored knob where everything attaches. Then I applied a thin layer of Model Master Acrylic white primer to the flesh colored plastic on the back of his head. You don’t need to use primer, but it does help the the later layers of paint stick better.
After the primer dried, I applied a layer of burn umber (dark brown) acrylic paint. Even though my paint was a fairly dark brown in color, it was still several shades lighter than the rest of Jack’s hair. That’s not a problem because the paint will become much darker in the next step.
Next I mixed up about an equal amount of water and black acrylic paint to make a paint wash. I brushed the paint wash over the sections on the head knob that I previously painted dark brown.
I also applied the black paint wash to that lighter tuft of Jack’s hair that fits over his bandana. That is the only paint I applied to that tuft of hair, but it was enough to make that piece significantly darker so it blends in much better with the rest of Jack’s hair.
Below is an unlisted video from my YouTube channel showing the process of applying the paint wash to the head knob. It’s a pretty simple process, but if you have any doubts use a light layer of the wash because you can always apply another layer later on if it needs to be darker.
After the wash dried, I applied a layer of the matte varnish to protect the paint from chipping off. Jack looks so much better now, and I am much happier to have him.
Now I just have to do something about that misprinted side glancing face…but I’ll leave that for a future update!
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