Primer! You really should always prime your vinyl whether it’d be 3″ or 9″. I use Montana Gold and the color ‘Pebble’ which is the lightest gray. Just a nice even coat is all you need and it avoids doing layers of base coat
Sketch the design onto the vinyl. You can also play around with it at this point as my primer is good enough that I can erase pencil marks easily without marking the vinyl! As you can see, I decided to make the notch in his head much bigger.
Now to start painting! I always start with the lightest color first, which in this case is white. The eyes and the chest light will have a couple layers of white but as the primer is light enough, I’m not too worried about painting lots of layers.
Yellow is next! I like to use the smallest paintbrush I have to go around the edges of what I need to paint such as the eyes and around the mask. Small thin layers. Once I do that, I then use a bigger brush to fill the space in between. Try not to splodge on too much paint otherwise it becomes clumpy. Thin layers are much better even though its more time consuming.
Now its time for red , this is where Iron Man really starts to look like Iron Man! I do the same thing I did with the yellow, I go around the edges, being super careful! I also fill in the indents of Mickey on the vinyl to make it easier when I go over with a thicker brush.
Ta dah. The base of Iron Man is done! But it’s still missing something.
DETAILS. This is where I go over certain areas with a darker color to emphasize certain areas of the Armour as well as adding a light blue to the white to make it more ‘light up’ effect. Make sure you still have colors available from the base paint because if you make a couple of mistakes with the darker lines, just go over it with the red and ‘erase’ it! Then try again :DThe most important thin…g I can say here is when you are doing a darker outline, don’t just add black to the color. This is a common thing to do and I used to do it but add black really does make a much darker murkier color. The darker red here I did by adding gray and then a hint of brown. This produces a darker dulled red but its still very red. With the yellow, I actually added a touch of red to darken it! No black paint at all went into this. The yellow for the base armor is exactly the same, just less red than the lines! It really is worth reading up color theory.
Sealing. This is a very important thing to do and no custom is complete unless its sealed. This prevents your custom from becoming dirty, it can protect it against little bumps which would normally scratch the paint but my favorite thing about sealers is that it actually smooths the paint somehow. Before, it feel like a thin, smooth-ish paint layer but you can feel the streaks and after, its incre…dibly smooth! Normally, I do 2 or 3 layers of sealer with a few hours in between but because Iron Man will (hopefully) be handled and autographed on, he will have 5 or 6!The most important thing you must remember about sealers is NEVER TOUCH THE CUSTOM WHILST ITS WET. Even if you think its dry, give it another half an hour. I’ve ruined two customs by doing this so please please PLEASE let it dry completely before touching.
And he is done. This little custom journey comes to an end! This guy took probably about four/five hours? I quite like the final look. I wanted a very simple, clean custom to take with me so he hasn’t got a lot of detail. Because I’m taking him to get autographed, I used matte colors instead of Iron Man’s usual metallic dark colors.
Honey then took the Custom Iron Man to the Iron Man 3 Premiere in London and managed to get Robert Downey Jr to sign the vinyl.