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Custom MLP: Repaint Tutorial by The-Lancastrian Custom MLP: Repaint Tutorial by The-Lancastrian
Note: this is a HUGE picture. Download to see it full size.

Second Note: I use acrylic paint for this tutorial and all my ponies.

The second of my promised tutorials: how to do a full body repaint. This is how I take an already prepared pony bait and make it the color I want to work with. Quite honestly I find a full body repaint a bit of a hassle, but since Hasbro only makes certain colors of ponies it is a necessary thing. You can also dye a pony to make it a different color, but I don't know how to do that. Here's a good tutorial for dying if you're interested. [link]

If you want a tutorial on a specific aspect of customizing, please ask! I'll be hitting the major points (Bait prep, full body repaint, symbol painting, eye painting, rehairing), but anything else will only be posted if requested. Enjoy!

Bait Prep Tutorial: [link]

My Little Pony belongs to Hasbro.
Above tutorial and photography belong to S.A. Lancaster aka the-lancastrian
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luckykitten29 Jun 22, 2013  Student Artist
don't forget a detail you must get a very light coloured pony to repaint it (like white it's perfect for any color)
Emers909 May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using this tutorial now! Thank you so much, also using it on the newest generation of ponies. I'm sure it will be the same ;) thank you for this amazing tutorial! I was about to just jump in and start painting.
KawaiiMizukiCharms Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hi, I'd to know what the acrylic selaer/varnish is called(The brand ) Please : )
I think the first picture of the green and purple mlp's looks better than the others.
Thank you! Without this, I would be just using paint, without water XD
Blairaptor May 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I wouldn't have known to use thin layers. Thanks for the tip!
I got a Rainbow Dash pony from a blind grab bag and I wanted to repaint her hair. There's a huge green stripe at the top and I wanted to get rid of it. What paint would you recommend I use? I don't want it to look like I repainted it.
I'd still use water-based acrylics. If you're not going to seal it I'd use a more expensive artist brand as that will give you a similar glossy look to the paint it already has. If you seal it you can use whatever paint you want because the sealant will give the glossy look.
thelittlemissus Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorials, they are super helpful! :D

However, if someone wanted to add a glossy topcoat / finishing coat, what kind would you recommend?
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