Prior to doing anything to them, it is important for the Action Figures to have good hygiene. Not only will a bath eliminate all that foul body odor (Action Figures tend to sweat after countless hours of saving the universe), but it will hopefully allow the paint to bond with the figure when it comes time to apply the paint. Why is that, you ask? Well, if you read up on your Action Figure anatomy, you would know that most action figures are molded from plastic resin, known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or if that is too much to say, ABS will do. The trick here is that in the manufacturing process, once the resin is set in the mold it can be difficult to remove. Therefore, a lubricating release agent is used to remove the resin. This lubricant coats the figure in a thin layer and is often resistant to paint. Giving my little friends here a bath should solve the problem.
As you can see, it is a simple process. A small Tupperware will suffice, filled with water and some dish soap. Since neither of them threatened to drown the other, I let them soak for several hours, or until their fingers were nice and pruney...After that, I rinsed them off in the sink and let them air dry over night.
Now that the bath is complete, tonight I will move on to the next step - gluing joints and filling seams! Its a bit tedious, but necessary to achieve a life-like appearance.
Thanks for reading!