How to Paint Your Drupal Icon Munny

Masking Munny Arms
Masking Munny Arms
Masking Munny Arms
Masking Munny Arms
Masking Munny Arms
Masking Munny Arms
Masking Munny Arms

As mentioned earlier it is important to wash your Munny with soap and water prior to painting. The reason being that oil and grease from the manufacturing and package processes might be on your Munny and some paints just don't like to stick to those slick surfaces.

There are tutorials out there that recommend priming (as in pre painting paint primer) the surface of the vinyl toy prior to painting it. There are only two reasons why you might choose to prime your project
a) the paint you are using will not hold on vinyl (read the label)
b) you need a different base colour e.g. underpainting

If you are using any acrylic paints (recommended) you will not need to prime.

Other tutorials will recommend sanding the surface of your vinyl toy prior to painting. Sanding a surface usually only helps to provide scuffs and tiny grooves for a primer to get into and hang on to. If you are using a paint that bonds to vinyl you will not have to do this either.

For this project I decided to try airbrushing with acrylic paints (vinyl friendly). Prior to this project I'd never held and airbrush much less used one, but the principal is simple enough. Use compressed air as a propellant to deliver a mist of paint to a surface. Not much different from spray paint - something that I have used. I knew that I don't have enough experience with acrylic paint to be able to create a smooth painted finish with a regular brush without leaving behind brush strokes. The acrylic paint simply dries too quickly for my skill/experience level with them. (I usually paint pictures with oils). So in order to achieve the result I wanted I decided to try the air brush.

I borrowed an airbrush from a friend, but before I could start spraying away I had to do some masking. (See the pictures to the left.) To do the masking I simply used everyday masking tape (makes sense). There are several masking products on the market but I didn't have any of those one hand.

I also mixed a lighter blue colour for the main body and helmet, and a darker blue colour for the face.

I tested out the brush on a cardboard paint station I set up for myself before getting close to the Munny. But, after getting the hang of the double action airbrush I put paint to vinyl starting with the arms.

Satisfied with the results I painted the body.

Before painting the head I had to mask off the eyes nose and mouth of the face. To create that mask I first had to find a forward facing Drupal Icon image - extract the face shape in photshop and scale it to a width of about 7.5cm (give or take a mm). I then printed it out and layed masking tape over it and cut the shapes out with an X-acto knife.

Painting the head was a two part process. One part for the helmet and one for the face. I had to mask off the sections of the head while painting the other. Between sections I had to wait for the paint to completely dry before I could mask in preparation for the next part.

It is very important to wait for the paint to dry completely before handling your project. Otherwise you will end up with fingerprints on your toy. Even after the paint has dried one should take care handling the toy. I ended up putting a few fingerprints on mine well after the paint had completely dried from the oil or moisture on my fingertips causing a reaction with the pigment in the paint. To avoid this you will likely want to seal your paint job with some kind of clear coat.

In the end I had to repaint some sections, but I was very happy with the results in the end.

February 10th 2008 2AM
By: andre



Washing off munny

If you can, how do you wash off a munny so it's a white surface again? Because I will probably make a mistake and need to wash it off and start again. Thank you.