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Tiki Repair and Restoration 101: Coco Joes
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 447
From: Dayton, Ohio
Posted: 2004-08-08 9:38 pm   Permalink

After a exchange of $1 and some (rather rude) words to a toothless vendor, I purchased a Coco Joes Kanaloa figure (#16-043)with one blue eye.

His stickers are still intact on the back. (How, only he knows.)

But this guy is rough...with a capital R. His lava or paint or whatever, is flaked off on his arms and in various spots all around him, exposing a lead or gray metal look underneath. Not quite resin looking...but what the hell do I know?
He actually looks like he's been kicked around in a parking lot and abused.
(Roughed up a bit comming out of a eastern Kentucky bar perhaps...He didn't have any cash on him when I found him. And I am leaning towards robbery as a possible motive in my investigation.)

I'm wondering if anyone has any idea on how to properly restore this little guy.

I'm sure a small, blue costume jewel can be found at a craft store or something. (If not, he will wear a classy eye patch!)
But what about the paint?

Should I use a flat black? Or is there something special I should use? Any idea about primer? None appears to have been used on this guy - perhaps that is a partial reason why we are experiencing the flaking.

If anyone has had any experience in this type of reconstruction / restoration project, please advise.

Regardless of the outcome (and my wifes persistance that he was not worth the $1 that I paid), he will be in a better home, I can tell you that.


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