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How to flock / reflock GI Joe?


Q. I am trying to reflock my vintage GI Joes and was told that it is possible to do this by electrostatic process. I was also informed that it is possible to make my own electrostatic spray booth. Can someone point me in the right direction? Any help would be appreciated.


Ray K [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]

similarly2 2000

Q. I am too interested in how to reflock a vintage GI joe doll. Any information on this would be appreciated. I know sites that offer the service, what I'm looking for is information on how to actually do it myself. Thanks, Jane

jane m [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- riverdale Maryland


A. Reflocking Hair: You can reflock heads! To reflock, buy "turf" material that can be used for reflocking, sold at hobby shops. Someone once told me that this is the material used by model car builders when they are making "velour" seat covers! If you have a tiny area to reflock, you can just fill in. However, if the head is a mess you might be better off scrubbing off the old flocking with soap and water. If appropriate and needed, first paint the area to be flocked with Liquitex acrylic paint [affil. link to info/product on Amazon]. Then, use a white water soluble glue to paint a thin area of glue all over the head, forming a hairline as you paint (with a small brush!). Put the flocking in a metal strainer with small holes, and sift it all over the head while the glue has just slightly started to dry. Pat Ken's head gently to set up the flocking. After the glue is dried, you can blow off any excess flocking. You CAN glue over the flocking if you missed spots, but I don't recommend it as the flocking doesn't look very neat after that is done.

Howard T [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Ft. Worth, Texas


I want my own flocking machine, too! I've tried doing it the above way, where one just glues turf material onto the head, but it looks really bad when I do it. The flocking that is done by the reflocking services with the "machine" always look great! It's like hair is standing up on end--looks like real hair. I really want to learn how to do this... Emily

Emily Reeve
- Lubbock, Texas

October 4, 2010

You can learn to flock for free. Just search FlockConcepts in google and find out how to flock. It's the best resource for free information on flocking. If you are serious about the effort you can learn it.


Ray Cairo
- Fall River, Massachusetts , USA
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