Dino's getting sticky

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Dino's getting sticky
Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 3:50 PM

Last Aug of 17 I had posted a bit on a sinclair fuel storage tank with a large dinosaur attached. For some reason only one of the pictures was readable. About 3 to 4 months ago Dino started becoming sticky, and he has only been inside. I've tried washing him with soap, mineral spirits, sprayed with acetone. to no avail. The one time he got less sticky I sprayed him with krylon clear and that lasted about 2 weeks. I'm thinking that the rubbery body is reacting with the green rattle can paint. Has any body have any idea how to fix the problem. It took me longer to cut Dino than to build the tank. I will repost the bit to day in a new post so those that tried to view the first and see it.Dino sinclair tank

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Posted by ttrigg on Thursday, July 26, 2018 1:22 AM

Bill

I may be speaking through my 'tail feathers' on this, and I do hope I'm wrong. 

I think Dino is a lost cause. At one time I had a Triceratops that suffered my attack with a rattle can after about 2 years outside. He became so sticky that he trapped and killed ants and small bugs. A year later the elephant in the same scene needed to be re-colored. She Who Must Be Obeyed took charge and her solution worked rather well. She took the elephant and 2 other rubber 'wildlife' to the kitchen sink with hot water and dish soap. Then she went to a party supply store to pick up some kids face paint. It is designed to hold fast on flexible oily skin and stay in place. Next she went to an art supply store and picked up a can of 'Fix-it', think rattle can of clear spray paint BUT designed to make chalk (and water color) art on canvas permanent. 

If you can find a way to remove the two layers of rattle can without destroying Dino you might give her technique a try.

Two years later Elep need a new color cover. She went back to the sink to wash everything off and recoat as before. 

Tom Trigg

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Posted by chocho willy on Thursday, July 26, 2018 8:41 AM

   Thanks as always, did try removing the rattle can paint but nogo, I had also tried coating the surface with baby powder, it stopped the stickies but left him a super funny color, then tried painting him with acrylics to no avail. Think your first comment was right on course. Should have bought the hard plastic one and used some type of water based primer. That's what happens when you try and save money and buy the the cheap stuff. Oh, when I looked back to see what I posted the first time I noticed where only one of the pictures went thru as per your notice, yea I forgot to check "receive comments" and never knew it didn't post properly. Thanks for the ideas but think I will put him in the landfill to make more oil, Bill

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