Hands in question

Question:  I have a figure with hands that are made of a foam filled latex, they are very discolored (see picture) and faded.   Can they be painted ? Or should I just replace them? Any thought or suggestions would be extremely helpful.  Thank you.
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From Mr. D:  Are the hands flexible?  If so, repainting them may or may not result in a long term durable finish.  I'm not sure, but if it were me, yes, I would try repainting first.  Clean the hands well and make sure they are dry before painting.  I would use latex paint with "textile medium" mixed into the latex paint to let the cured paint flex on the non-rigid surface.


  1. Anonymous4/22/2012

    Mr. D.

    Have you ever thought of writing a book on how to make and refurbish vent figures? There is not that much available for us who want to make and keep our figures in top shape. You have so much valuable information to give.


    Barbara La Belle

  2. Anonymous4/22/2012

    Those hands r from my Lovik figure, I followed your advice with the paint and textile medium and it worked perfectly, also your advice on the mouth sticking was perfect, I agree you should write a book

  3. I think I've covered most every type of repair question on this blog at one time or another. Maybe I'll have to go back through the years' posts, separate them out, and put them into a book. (Something for a Looooong rainy day. :-)

    1. Anonymous4/23/2012

      Perhaps you should just reissue an updated copy of the old lesson 18 on building your own figure, with a section on care and maintenance of your figure. I've used that, and William Anderson's book, several times over the years to do repair and maintenance on my figure. They were invaluable when I upgraded the Willie Talk figure for my son. If I have benefited from that lesson, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has, and I'm sure others would, too. Give it some consideration, Clinton (please?).
      Bill Matthews