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mywii
02-22-2010, 11:17 PM
I believe I read somewhere that people are experiencing the vader suit peeling. Much to my dissappointment, mine started peeling too. Been hunting for a replacement suit but in vain. So I took the bold step of "dis-assemble" the suit, trace it to a similar material and manage to get a seamstress to fix it up....here the pics....

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq178/mystarwars/P1020255.jpg


http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq178/mystarwars/P1020258.jpg

MarfMaster
02-22-2010, 11:24 PM
Haven't experienced peeling with mine...finally got around to padding him the other day and he looks awesome as ever :emperor

thenammagazine
02-22-2010, 11:33 PM
Thankfully, both of mine shipped off via the bay late last year before I had the misfortune of experiencing this. :monkey4:monkey4:monkey4:monkey4

Commtech
02-22-2010, 11:39 PM
I sold mine on ebay as well 3 months ago and had not experienced any peeling (yet).
Nice work on the custom suit!

jkno
02-23-2010, 04:56 AM
Do not forget please that you are located in a hot humid country, Malaysia, this is a very important factor too. I've seen a Captain America PF statue getting mould and fungus on Statue Forum, there was a member Singapore IIRC... This could happen to many more figures with cloth, leather or pleather in similar climate areas.

kazukijun
02-23-2010, 06:31 AM
Do not forget please that you are located in a hot humid country, Malaysia, this is a very important factor too. I've seen a Captain America PF statue getting mould and fungus on Statue Forum, there was a member Singapore IIRC... This could happen to many more figures with cloth, leather or pleather in similar climate areas.

Exactly...the weather in Singapore & Malaysia is superbly hot & humid. Our average temperature per day is like 28 to 35 Degrees Celsius. Pleather, faux leather or other similar materials don't really last that well with the type of climate we live in.

mywii
02-23-2010, 07:15 AM
no fear of the weather here now coz if the suit peels again, Ill make another one :naughty

I was told to put moth balls in my display cabinet to prevent mold/fungus. Only time will tell whether it works....:sick

thenammagazine
02-23-2010, 07:27 AM
Do not forget please that you are located in a hot humid country, Malaysia, this is a very important factor too. I've seen a Captain America PF statue getting mould and fungus on Statue Forum, there was a member Singapore IIRC... This could happen to many more figures with cloth, leather or pleather in similar climate areas.

It's not just people who live in Malaysia. The undersuit is cheap, like Hasbro's, which also does this. I'm pretty sure there are other factors involved with it too, like age, use, etc.

Mookeylama
02-23-2010, 11:10 AM
1st i've heard of this. i have my ROTS Vader boxed. may have to check him. great looking suit!

ProgMatinee
02-23-2010, 11:28 AM
mine only started peeling after i showered with it. kinda glad i'm not the only one.

thenammagazine
02-23-2010, 11:35 AM
mine only started peeling after i showered with it. kinda glad i'm not the only one.


TOY ABUSE
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2028/1826538668_7ea895e523.jpg

ProgMatinee
02-23-2010, 11:38 AM
you know the eddie murphy bit...? :naughty :lol

thenammagazine
02-23-2010, 11:49 AM
Yup, it's a classic! I remember getting my mom to buy it on video when it first came out back in the day. She only knew Eddie from his SNL stuff....SUCKER!!! :lol Should be expected, but to those who don't know, WARNING: HARSH LANGUAGE AHEAD (lotta S-bombs but still PG-13)!!!


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galactiboy
02-23-2010, 12:06 PM
That sucks to see... but like Nam both of mine are long gone to eBay buyers.

ProgMatinee
02-23-2010, 12:19 PM
man i'm at work i wish i could watch that but i'd be laughing too hard.

MaulFan
02-23-2010, 12:46 PM
I would love to see THAT Eddie Murphy do movies again, movies like Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2 were great, then there was BHC3 and most of his modern stuff and he just lost his touch.

thenammagazine
02-23-2010, 12:54 PM
I would love to see THAT Eddie Murphy do movies again, movies like Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2 were great, then there was BHC3 and most of his modern stuff and he just lost his touch.

We'll see what happens. Last I heard, he went back on the circuit doing stand-up. So hopefully that'll bring him around again. It's funny. I remember my parents saying he stole all his material from Richard Pryor and I was like, "No way! Eddie's original!" But now I see Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, Chris Tucker and even Tracy Morgan stealing Eddie's material.

ProgMatinee
02-23-2010, 12:55 PM
lost his touch, or lost his balls? stop taking stupid disney rolls eddie.

Lordscum
02-23-2010, 12:57 PM
Theres supposed to be another Beverly Hills Cop in the works.

I'lm glad I got rid of my Medi Vader, I really hated the fact that it was so short and the dome came off so easily.

I enjoy the SS Vader so much more.

thenammagazine
02-23-2010, 01:00 PM
lost his touch, or lost his balls? stop taking stupid disney rolls eddie.

I don't blame him. Disney rolls =


http://www.jmooneyham.com/lots-of-cash.jpg

MaulFan
02-23-2010, 01:03 PM
Disney had nothing to do with BHC3 and that was as silly as the Daddy Day Care stuff.

ProgMatinee
02-23-2010, 01:05 PM
the amusement park from BH3 was right in my old backyard. great america in santa clara, CA. what a great park that used to be before paramount took it over.

thenammagazine
02-23-2010, 02:08 PM
the amusement park from BH3 was right in my old backyard. great america in santa clara, CA. what a great park that used to be before paramount took it over.

Funny... I grew up there too. :lol

MarfMaster
02-23-2010, 05:50 PM
After a height adjustment and some padding, my Medi Vader is the only Medi figure I own that can hold its own next to my Hot Toys figs. I still really dig this guy, cant wait for the emp and throne.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/marfmaster/IMG_1271.jpg

abake
02-24-2010, 07:51 AM
I love my Medi-Vader, but it is a stand-alone piece for me.
It just doesn't work with other figures due to the scale.

jkno
02-24-2010, 09:01 AM
Mine works fins with the Medicom figures, for now in my temporary display I have ROTS Vader with the Sandtrooper and the ROTJ one with Stormtrooper and BHS. And they are quite ok.

joda76
02-24-2010, 09:17 AM
Im getting an Ep III to go with my RAH Anakin. :)

mywii
02-24-2010, 07:28 PM
I have the vader next to medi Storm, Sand and Shadow stormtrooper. They look ok to me. However, I find the Medi clone troopers are bigger...

I have tried TT body. The Medi leg extender fit well in the TT which makes it taller. But I just dunno how to mod the neck to fit the TT. Anyone?

hanshotfirst
02-24-2010, 07:38 PM
I'm glad to have let this one go. Detail and quality was superb, but the height and mass factor made it an easy drop. Sideshow's dwarfs the Medicom one and in my eyes is the better buy.

thenammagazine
02-24-2010, 07:57 PM
I'm glad to have let this one go. Detail and quality was superb, but the height and lack of mass factor made it an easy drop. Sideshow's makes the Medicom one look like a dwarf and in my eyes is the better buy.

Fixed! :lol

mywii
02-25-2010, 02:58 AM
I'm glad to have let this one go. Detail and quality was superb, but the height and mass factor made it an easy drop. Sideshow's dwarfs the Medicom one and in my eyes is the better buy.

Sideshow one is nice and I have it. But some say its too big. I like vader character and I will still keep the medi. :lsvader

jkno
02-25-2010, 03:07 AM
I'm glad to have let this one go. Detail and quality was superb, but the height and mass factor made it an easy drop. Sideshow's dwarfs the Medicom one and in my eyes is the better buy.

I have both Medicom Vader versions, ROTJ and ROTS, and never had problems. I also had 2 Sideshow versions: one with a big problem (needed total replacement) and another one with a small problem (the replacement arrived with damaged lightsaber and chest box but kept parts from the old one so I guess was ok)... :rolleyes: Before having these problems with my SS Vader, I thought that would be my favorite 1/6 figure next to the HT Endoskeletons. I was wrong, SS Vader is tall indeed, it dwarfs all other 1/6 figures, getting closer to the size of a PF, and still not among my favorites.

thenammagazine
02-25-2010, 11:02 AM
I have both Medicom Vader versions, ROTJ and ROTS, and never had problems. I also had 2 Sideshow versions: one with a big problem (needed total replacement) and another one with a small problem (the replacement arrived with damaged lightsaber and chest box but kept parts from the old one so I guess was ok)... :rolleyes: Before having these problems with my SS Vader, I thought that would be my favorite 1/6 figure next to the HT Endoskeletons. I was wrong, SS Vader is tall indeed, it dwarfs all other 1/6 figures, getting closer to the size of a PF, and still not among my favorites.

:lol:rotfl:lol:rotfl:lol Exaggerate much? :lol He's probably about an inch too tall max, and better suited to Sideshow's Star Wars characters than the Medicom Vader who's shorter than Sideshow's Luke.

vareika
06-28-2010, 05:17 PM
Sorry to bump this old thread...but I just got Medi Vader ROTJ from awesome fellow freak and out of box he is actually taller than HT John Connor (HT stands are thicker)...what the hell? I didn't do anything to him and he was MISB. All this time I was expecting a midget!?

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_pPkfzyMBIb0/TCk7XUsVS0I/AAAAAAAAA1s/6-izVScciI0/s512/IMG_3050.JPG

thenammagazine
06-28-2010, 05:24 PM
Sorry to bump this old thread...but I just got Medi Vader ROTJ from awesome fellow freak and out of box he is actually taller than HT John Connor (HT stands are thicker)...what the hell? I didn't do anything to him and he was MISB. All this time I was expecting a midget!?

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_pPkfzyMBIb0/TCk7XUsVS0I/AAAAAAAAA1s/6-izVScciI0/s512/IMG_3050.JPG

For the love of all that's holy, futz that thing, please! :lol

vareika
06-28-2010, 05:33 PM
For the love of all that's holy, futz that thing, please! :lol

lol...I think he looks ok though!

hehe, good thing I only have 1 SS figure (obi wan) - those damn things are too big (or maybe medi vader is too small) :lol

thenammagazine
06-28-2010, 05:46 PM
lol...I think he looks ok though!

hehe, good thing I only have 1 SS figure (obi wan) - those damn things are too big (or maybe medi vader is too small) :lol

It's definitely the latter. :lol But as small as he is, he looks awesome once you futz him. You may wanna look into picking up some Medi Stormtroopers. They're shorter than him and look great flanking either side. ;)

vareika
06-28-2010, 05:51 PM
It's definitely the latter. :lol But as small as he is, he looks awesome once you futz him. You may wanna look into picking up some Medi Stormtroopers. They're shorter than him and look great flanking either side. ;)

lol ok fine he is a shorty:lol...but man the reveal is so awesome. I was a super friggen noob and after futzen damn luke, next to him, I didn't realize i had some black "smears" on my hand and i touched vader's pale face...awesome right? Wiped him down but something just makes me feel very weird.

and storm troopers sounds like a very good idea...but don't encourage me lol :gah:

thenammagazine
06-28-2010, 07:37 PM
lol ok fine he is a shorty:lol...but man the reveal is so awesome. I was a super friggen noob and after futzen damn luke, next to him, I didn't realize i had some black "smears" on my hand and i touched vader's pale face...awesome right? Wiped him down but something just makes me feel very weird.

and storm troopers sounds like a very good idea...but don't encourage me lol :gah:

You might want to boil 'n' dip that breastplate to make it look less like a Sith bib as well.

abake
06-28-2010, 08:47 PM
Yup, Medi-Vader is short, but a pretty cool figure none the less.

jkno
06-28-2010, 10:35 PM
Yup, Medi-Vader is short, but a pretty cool figure none the less.

Totally agree!:exactly:

Apone
06-28-2010, 10:41 PM
I love mine..the head sculpt really makes it...sadly I think I am going to sell it because I have no more room for it.

jkno
06-29-2010, 02:31 AM
I love mine..the head sculpt really makes it...sadly I think I am going to sell it because I have no more room for it.

You'll feel sorry for it after a while. :(

galactiboy
06-29-2010, 06:52 AM
I enjoyed my Medi Vader and he was a great stand in until the Sideshow version arrived. But, it was the height issue that eventually did him in.

MarfMaster
06-29-2010, 08:09 AM
GB I'm pretty sure I own your Medi Vader :lol I bought him off the bay right when I got into this hobby, before I even discovered the boards. I was looking at my feedback and sure enough, there you are! I think he was my 3rd figure...still love the thing. I've padded him up and added a bit of height at the ankles and it has helped, enough to make it incredibly difficult for me to pull the trigger on the SS Vader...I even have a Hasbro dome waiting :slap

galactiboy
06-29-2010, 09:01 AM
:lol :lol

That's really cool! Is it the ROTS or ROTJ version? I had both at different times.

Glad to know he's in a good home :lol

MarfMaster
06-29-2010, 09:16 AM
It's the ROTJ version :exactly: He and the Stormie are ready for the emp and his throne!

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/marfmaster/Collection/IMG_1920.jpg

galactiboy
06-29-2010, 09:26 AM
Ah... that was the one I liked best.

I started out with the ROTS, then sold it when I was able to get the ROTJ.

Didn't he have extra hands from the ROTS figure when I sold him? Great figure... just wish Medicom made them a bit bigger. But he looks awesome with the stormie :duff

MarfMaster
06-29-2010, 09:45 AM
You know, I'm not sure about the extra hands, but if they're there, thanks for that! :lol I've really only ever used the belt holding hands.

Yeah, if he didn't suffer from Medi syndrome, it would be an absolutely perfect figure. But even as is, he's pretty damn close :exactly: I doubt I'll pull the trigger on the ANH Vader because I really am happy with him, but if SS releases an improved ESB version, this guy might be in trouble.

galactiboy
06-29-2010, 09:48 AM
Yeah, I might be wrong about the extra hands... but I was thinking after I bought him I also got a set of hands from a parted out ROTS figure. That was a couple years ago, so I wouldn't trust my memory :lol

I have a feeling Sideshow will eventually give us an ESB and ROTJ version. I'll probably be in for one more, but not all 3 as the differences just aren't substantial enough for me to want all 3.

MarfMaster
06-29-2010, 10:05 AM
I hear ya, but I have a strict "1 figure per character" rule, so I'll have to choose :slap Although...the BD T-800 stands to terminate that rule.

thenammagazine
06-29-2010, 10:12 AM
ROTJ was so vastly superior to the ROTS. ROTJ made me want to buy more Medicom despite the friggin' hand paddles, and ROTS made me despise paying $180 for a Medicom figure.

MarfMaster
06-29-2010, 10:33 AM
ROTJ made me want to buy more Medicom despite the friggin' hand paddles

QFT :lol

Medicom's armored/helmeted stuff is awesome, despite the scale. I've come close to dropping Medicom cash on a Boba Fett soooo many times (to go next to my Medi Han :dunno) but the knees always get me.

toys210
06-29-2010, 08:17 PM
http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/toys210/IMG_6985.jpg
http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/toys210/IMG_6976.jpg
http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/toys210/IMG_6992.jpg

Deak Starkiller
06-29-2010, 08:19 PM
Aw look at the wittle guy, hims found his daddy. This figure used to be the cats pajamas until the big bad V came through.

vareika
06-29-2010, 09:34 PM
Medi Anakin and Vader are really good. The tailoring and textile of the outfit are really top notch. Medi Luke however....I have different take on that (not even talking about the likliness because I am fine with his look)

thenammagazine
06-30-2010, 12:59 AM
Medi Anakin and Vader are really good. The tailoring and textile of the outfit are really top notch. Medi Luke however....I have different take on that (not even talking about the likliness because I am fine with his look)

Keep a close eye on that suit. Vader's bodysuit is notorious for cracking and eventually peeling. Signs usually start around the threaded "pin striping," starting with a puncture hole getting bigger before cracking straight across and then the flaking begins.

jkno
06-30-2010, 07:32 AM
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6346/img6976j.jpg
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/3412/img6992.jpg


Looks like Bruce Lee vs Godzilla :rotfl

thenammagazine
06-30-2010, 11:45 AM
Looks like Bruce Lee vs Godzilla :rotfl

Except in this case Gojira PWNS. :lol

toys210
06-30-2010, 07:01 PM
Looks like Bruce Lee vs Godzilla :rotfl

I think the medicom's version definitely got a better helmet sculpt than the sideshow :exactly:

jkno
06-30-2010, 11:18 PM
I think the medicom's version definitely got a better helmet sculpt than the sideshow :exactly:

Me too. In fact I like my Medicom Vaders more than the SS version. Hopefully the ESB or ROTJ Vader made by SS will be improved.

shocktrooper_au
07-01-2010, 03:35 AM
I don't own the Medicom but the Dome is better for sure but IMO the SSC wins on the mask I've never liked the Medi one esp in profile

uzumaki_1
07-01-2010, 03:53 AM
lol sorry I couldn't help notice that the medicom vader here resembles another vaders helmet......how wide is that thing ????

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_pPkfzyMBIb0/TCk7XUsVS0I/AAAAAAAAA1s/6-izVScciI0/s512/IMG_3050.JPG http://www.5thandgoal.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Dark-Helmet.jpg

Then again I own the sideshow one and as good as he looks his helmet is too narrow and therefore fails as a good vader helmet....I think they were looking at this when they designed sideshow vader:


http://i46.tinypic.com/2ilipu0.jpg

vareika
07-01-2010, 09:15 PM
its wider, but not that bad, just the angle

http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac270/toys210/IMG_6976.jpg as posted by toys210

mywii
07-02-2010, 01:28 AM
Me too. In fact I like my Medicom Vaders more than the SS version. Hopefully the ESB or ROTJ Vader made by SS will be improved.

I love them both....nice finishing on medi and nice size on SS...

jkno
07-02-2010, 07:03 AM
I love them both....nice finishing on medi and nice size on SS...

The size on SS Vader is on the big size the same way the size on the Medicom is on the small size.

mywii
07-02-2010, 07:13 AM
I have SS vader and SS ANH obiwan in a duel pose and I watch the movie. The vader seems only slightly taller.

Mookeylama
07-02-2010, 10:42 AM
The size on SS Vader is on the big size the same way the size on the Medicom is on the small size.

yep, and i'm torn now. i love my Medi ROTS Vader. love those arms crossed over the chest. and i gave him leg extenders so he's as tall as most other 1/6, HT, SS, ect. but he's not "taller" like he should be. recently got the SS Vader and he's really sweet too. just the opposite problem of being too big lol. gotta get rid of one

DSD
07-02-2010, 01:02 PM
I love my RotJ Vader.

Is it perfect? No.

Does it look awesome in context with other Medicom figures? Hell yeah!

I usually have a bit of an Empire setup going on amongst my other fun bits and bobs:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Davros5545/DSCN5477.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Davros5545/DSCN5478.jpg

Although I really would love a 2nd Royal Guard to have a nice RotJ arrangement:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Davros5545/DSCN5513.jpg

jkno
07-03-2010, 01:02 AM
Nice shots DSD!!

DSD
07-03-2010, 01:13 AM
Thanks. Looking forward to adding a Tie Pilot (if I can ever find a UK seller) and the Droids at some point.

Mookeylama
07-04-2010, 06:34 AM
great shots DSD. maybe i'll keep medi vader. decisions

t1mmer59
06-10-2012, 11:30 PM
I know this is an old thread, but I believe I have found a repair cure for these peeling Medicom Darth Vader suits:

Remove all remaining pleather from the suit. Rubbing with the thumb, or using duct tape will do it. Time consuming, but it must be done.

Next, make sure the remaining cloth suit is free of any debris.

Then spray the suit with:

Mighty Sealer, a black colored, spray liquid sealer, that goes on wet (like paint), seeping into the fabric, then when it dries, it turns into a flexible, rubberized coating.

I bought this stuff today @ Big Lots for $8.95 (Bed Bath & Beyond has a similar product for $12.99, and there is also a TV infomercial selling a similar product for $19.99), for a 15 oz. spray can, so as to seal a leak in the edging of a sky light.

After I was done, I looked at my peeling Medicom Vader costume, and wondered if it might help it. I took the costume off the figure, removed the remaining pleather, and sprayed the costume! I figured, what did I have to loose, the costume was bad anyways! It takes about 30 minutes to dry. After it dried, I shot it a second time, and this time let it dry for 5 hours. I wanted to make sure it completely cured before I touched it.

Once it was cured, I was presented with a slightly stiffer, but completely flexible costume, which actually, more realistically represented Darth Vader's body suit, than in its original, pleather covered state!

The body suit dried to a rubberized, satin sheen finish, which more accurately represents the leather look than the pleather did. Since the rubber is flexible, the figure still has the same movement as before, but not with the same stress on the outer coating.

Also, since the cloth suit is now rubberized, the gloves actually stay on better!

This stuff sprays out thick, so I would suggest spraying it in two light coats. I inadvertently sprayed mine just a little too heavy, so that once it dried, I had lost some of the ribbing stich pattern in the suit. This was easily remedied, by lightly re-etching the lines in the dried coating.

Overall, I am very pleased with the look this sealer produced! Now I no longer have to look at the Vader figure on my shelf, and be upset that I spent $200.00 on such poor quality control by Medicom.

I hope this helps!

automaton
06-11-2012, 12:19 AM
i have a cure too...

jkno
06-11-2012, 05:02 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I believe I have found a repair cure for these peeling Medicom Darth Vader suits:

Remove all remaining pleather from the suit. Rubbing with the thumb, or using duct tape will do it. Time consuming, but it must be done.

Next, make sure the remaining cloth suit is free of any debris.

Then spray the suit with:

Mighty Sealer, a black colored, spray liquid sealer, that goes on wet (like paint), seeping into the fabric, then when it dries, it turns into a flexible, rubberized coating.

I bought this stuff today @ Big Lots for $8.95 (Bed Bath & Beyond has a similar product for $12.99, and there is also a TV infomercial selling a similar product for $19.99), for a 15 oz. spray can, so as to seal a leak in the edging of a sky light.

After I was done, I looked at my peeling Medicom Vader costume, and wondered if it might help it. I took the costume off the figure, removed the remaining pleather, and sprayed the costume! I figured, what did I have to loose, the costume was bad anyways! It takes about 30 minutes to dry. After it dried, I shot it a second time, and this time let it dry for 5 hours. I wanted to make sure it completely cured before I touched it.

Once it was cured, I was presented with a slightly stiffer, but completely flexible costume, which actually, more realistically represented Darth Vader's body suit, than in its original, pleather covered state!

The body suit dried to a rubberized, satin sheen finish, which more accurately represents the leather look than the pleather did. Since the rubber is flexible, the figure still has the same movement as before, but not with the same stress on the outer coating.

Also, since the cloth suit is now rubberized, the gloves actually stay on better!

This stuff sprays out thick, so I would suggest spraying it in two light coats. I inadvertently sprayed mine just a little too heavy, so that once it dried, I had lost some of the ribbing stich pattern in the suit. This was easily remedied, by lightly re-etching the lines in the dried coating.

Overall, I am very pleased with the look this sealer produced! Now I no longer have to look at the Vader figure on my shelf, and be upset that I spent $200.00 on such poor quality control by Medicom.

I hope this helps!


Interesting. Some pics of before and after would be cool to see.

demorathis
06-11-2012, 09:57 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I believe I have found a repair cure for these peeling Medicom Darth Vader suits:

Remove all remaining pleather from the suit. Rubbing with the thumb, or using duct tape will do it. Time consuming, but it must be done.

Next, make sure the remaining cloth suit is free of any debris.

Then spray the suit with:

Mighty Sealer, a black colored, spray liquid sealer, that goes on wet (like paint), seeping into the fabric, then when it dries, it turns into a flexible, rubberized coating.

I bought this stuff today @ Big Lots for $8.95 (Bed Bath & Beyond has a similar product for $12.99, and there is also a TV infomercial selling a similar product for $19.99), for a 15 oz. spray can, so as to seal a leak in the edging of a sky light.

After I was done, I looked at my peeling Medicom Vader costume, and wondered if it might help it. I took the costume off the figure, removed the remaining pleather, and sprayed the costume! I figured, what did I have to loose, the costume was bad anyways! It takes about 30 minutes to dry. After it dried, I shot it a second time, and this time let it dry for 5 hours. I wanted to make sure it completely cured before I touched it.

Once it was cured, I was presented with a slightly stiffer, but completely flexible costume, which actually, more realistically represented Darth Vader's body suit, than in its original, pleather covered state!

The body suit dried to a rubberized, satin sheen finish, which more accurately represents the leather look than the pleather did. Since the rubber is flexible, the figure still has the same movement as before, but not with the same stress on the outer coating.

Also, since the cloth suit is now rubberized, the gloves actually stay on better!

This stuff sprays out thick, so I would suggest spraying it in two light coats. I inadvertently sprayed mine just a little too heavy, so that once it dried, I had lost some of the ribbing stich pattern in the suit. This was easily remedied, by lightly re-etching the lines in the dried coating.

Overall, I am very pleased with the look this sealer produced! Now I no longer have to look at the Vader figure on my shelf, and be upset that I spent $200.00 on such poor quality control by Medicom.

I hope this helps!

Sounds promising -- can you post pictures so that we can see the results please?
Thanks!

t1mmer59
06-11-2012, 11:41 AM
As of now, I have no server hosting my picture files-only on my local machine. As soon as I get a host, I will be happy to post them, unless there is a way to post from a local machine to this forum?

demorathis
06-11-2012, 12:33 PM
As of now, I have no server hosting my picture files-only on my local machine. As soon as I get a host, I will be happy to post them, unless there is a way to post from a local machine to this forum?

try www.imageshack.us
that one's pretty easy - and free

t1mmer59
06-11-2012, 03:12 PM
Thanks "demorathis"!

jkno
06-11-2012, 11:29 PM
You can also use www.tinypic.com or www.photobucket.com

t1mmer59
06-12-2012, 09:56 AM
Thanks as well "JKNO"! I tried posting images from Image Shack last night. When I went to post, it said that it was waiting for moderator approval.

jkno
06-12-2012, 11:15 AM
Maybe it is because you are a new member. Just wait a bit and I'm sure the post will be showing up here fine :).

Shropt
06-13-2012, 06:50 AM
New members can't post images until they've made either 5 or 15 posts (sorry, can't remember). Just make a few more posts and they will appear.

jkno
06-13-2012, 07:07 AM
I thought so. He could indeed make a few more posts and then show us the pictures. The problem with pleather suits is that they can rot or peel in time. Wish companies would use real leather or at least to find a way to preserve them more. We already have the problems with the HT rubber bodies, no need for pleather problems too.

t1mmer59
06-13-2012, 08:03 AM
First picture:

Cloth back of body suit after removing pleather peel, along with shoulder with pleather still attached:

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/6430/vader3.gif

Second picture:

After Mighty Sealer cured, shows flexibility and no degredation, while body suit still retains full retention of original movement.

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/9463/vader2.gif

Third picture:

After five hours of curing, Mighty Sealer has bonded to cloth body suit, and coated it in a flexible rubberized finish.

http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/3687/vader1.gif

Only time will tell about the durability of this product.

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5489/dsc00051.gif

Shropt
06-14-2012, 05:13 AM
That looks pretty good. Excellent tip.

jkno
06-14-2012, 06:19 AM
Indeed!! Really cool job!

MidnightClad
06-14-2012, 08:21 AM
It actually looks allot better than the original pleather did great job man.

floppy hat jon
06-14-2012, 08:50 AM
It actually looks allot better than the original pleather did great job man.

Agreed. Going to give this a shot on my deteriorating Vader.

Gipetto0812
06-14-2012, 08:54 AM
nice job T1mmer59 :clap

demorathis
06-15-2012, 11:01 AM
awesome -- will probably go repair my hasbro vader while I'm at it!

demorathis
06-15-2012, 11:04 AM
First picture:

Cloth back of body suit after removing pleather peel, along with shoulder with pleather still attached:

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/6430/vader3.gif

Second picture:

After Mighty Sealer cured, shows flexibility and no degredation, while body suit still retains full retention of original movement.

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/9463/vader2.gif

Third picture:

After five hours of curing, Mighty Sealer has bonded to cloth body suit, and coated it in a flexible rubberized finish.

http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/3687/vader1.gif

Only time will tell about the durability of this product.

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5489/dsc00051.gif

How did you maintain the stripes -- is it a fairly thin liquid before curing or is it viscous ---?

t1mmer59
06-15-2012, 10:29 PM
Actually, I sprayed it on too thick in places, due to having not used the product in this fashion before. It spurts out of the can rather thickly! Most of the seams showed through on their own, due to the pattern on the body suit, but where it was needed, once dried, a light etching with a dull exacto blade along the seam lines was all that had to be done!

It sprays out with the viscousity of paint initially, but thickens quickly along the spray line.

I have also found that if there are small areas that were missed in the spraying, touching up with a brush is very easy, and it blends in seemlessly with the original spraying.

I would suggest testing light sprays on something until you get a feel for how it coats. While I am very pleased with the outcome, if I had had a "lighter hand" initially, I think I would have been even more pleased with the results.

Niltusk
06-17-2012, 05:10 PM
Thats actually not a bad patch job Timmer, might try that on Anakin's tabard, at this point I've got nothing to lose, was about to file 13 it anyways. :clap

McHaleyArt
11-29-2012, 04:51 AM
My Version 1 Medi Vader suit had been peeling pretty bad. I think the 'leather' layer is so thin that after a few years it drys out (even just a little) and any movement or rubbing makes it start to peel. It's a shame because it's a really nice looking suit when it's new.
I picked up a Medi Clone for $30 and decided to use the under-suit for Vader. It's easier to replace the suit for the clone. I thought I would be fine with the 'Matt' look, but it didn't look enough like Vader's style.
I had some Gloss gel that I use for artwork...it's flexible when dry so I tested it on little areas and then coated the whole suit.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/P.jpg
You can thin it with up to 25% water if you wanted to dull it a bit, but I found that using it at 100% looked the best. Easiest thing to do is use a 1/4" flat brush and apply a thin, even coat. Don't over brush or it could get goopy in spots. It's also easiest to brush it on when it's on the body. You can use your Medi Body...I used an Enterbay bod I had laying around...it's a stretch for the suit that's already not as roomy as the original Vader suit.
You can see the difference when the gel is applied:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/O.jpg
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/N.jpghttp://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/Q.jpg

It's not as 'Puffy" as the Original Vader suit, but it looks more like Vader than before.
We'll see if it stands the test of time. I handled it pretty roughly when I was putting on the boots and gloves and it held up very nicely.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/R.jpghttp://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/S.jpg
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/T.jpghttp://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/U.jpg
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/I.jpghttp://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/J.jpg

jkno
11-29-2012, 10:35 AM
Very interesting :clap

kl241
11-29-2012, 03:00 PM
That looks incredible!

swsqueakquels
11-29-2012, 03:51 PM
Brilliant! And the fabric is still pretty pliable?

Gipetto0812
11-29-2012, 04:00 PM
that looks awesome! what body is he on? Aldo did you do any other mods to the figure? that's the best I've seen the medi Vader before

McHaleyArt
11-29-2012, 05:36 PM
Brilliant! And the fabric is still pretty pliable?

Yep. Very much so.

McHaleyArt
11-29-2012, 05:43 PM
that looks awesome! what body is he on? Aldo did you do any other mods to the figure? that's the best I've seen the medi Vader before
Current Enterbay body with Rubber chest...only because it was handy and I didn't want to buy another body. It's got a Kotobukiya Dome from their First Vader release, modified Hasbro Cape, new chain. The 'Force Grip" hand I found in my box, cut from an old Applause Vader.

VintijDroidGutzz
12-01-2012, 10:12 PM
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/S.jpg
Excellent work mate!!! :clap :clap :clap :rock

You've captured the essence of Vader right there; great body / suit mod, imposing, his shapes & contours, & the helmet is brilliant.

I applaud great customizers like yourself, that are prepared to make the effort & see what can really be done with alternate existing parts out there, plus a few tricks & some technical know how - again, lovely work!! :cool:

Niltusk
12-02-2012, 08:42 AM
[QUOTE=McHaleyArt;5088361]
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s125/McHaleyArt/SIDESHOW/ESB%20MediVaderMod/I.jpg[QUOTE]

:clap Love the look , pose, lighting; exactly what I want to see on my shelf when I add a Vader. :clap

I may not be a big Vader aficianado like some of the peeps on here, but I know what looks awesome, and this is full of it. With a bigger base I'd think this was a pic of a premium format of some sort.

VintijDroidGutzz
12-02-2012, 03:11 PM
:exactly: ^ That's an excellent shot too!!

I was gonna use that one instead, now we have both there. :)

McHaleyArt
12-03-2012, 12:46 AM
Thanks guys!
It's nice to be able to look at my Vader (without cringing) again.