Tips on Painting a Munny Toy

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Originally released in 2007 by KidRobot, an American toy manufacturer, Munny is a plain white vinyl toy intended to be drawn, colored, painted and pasted on. Based on the stylized figures often found in graffiti artwork, the toy encourages creativity and construction by its owner. Have fun and create something just a little bit different by painting your own Munny toy.

Preparing For Paint

  • Any structural changes to your Munny should be made before painting. Many artists have gone as far as replacing Munny's face with fully functional speakers and LCD screens, and crafting their own vinyl accessories for the toy. These structural changes can be as simple as gluing "googly-eyes" to Munny's face, or as complex as re-arranging the placement of the toy's limbs and features.

    When your Munny is structurally complete and ready to be painted, use a low grit waterproof sandpaper (such as 200 or 400 grit) to scuff the toy's surface evenly. Use water to make the sanding process go more smoothly, and avoid creating rough spots and dimples in the vinyl surface.

Painting Munny

  • Sanding the Munny toy will allow most paints to stick permanently, but you should avoid water-based paints as they will rub off easily when scuffed. Use acrylic- or oil-based paints to produce better results; when dry these paints are much more resistant to scratching and rubbing.

    When painting Munny, use a stiff-bristle paintbrush to completely coat the surface of the toy. One coat may be enough, but many coats may be needed to keep the white vinyl from showing through the paint.

The Finishing Touch

  • To make your Munny toy look polished and professionally painted, apply a clear lacquer. Use an acrylic lacquer for the best looking, strongest results. There are two options for coating your Munny toy.

    Using a spray lacquer, such as those made by Krylon and Montana Paints will quickly coat and dry the toy. Spray small thin coats, allow them to dry, and then wet sand with 1000 grit or higher waterproof resistant sandpaper to smooth the application.

    Or you can use a canned brush lacquer. Use a wide soft-bristle brush to lightly apply the lacquer in multiple coats. No sanding should be necessary.

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