Removing Resin Casting Plugs
by Chuck Theidel
Preparing resin figures for painting is not as hard as one would expect. The most common complaint about resin figures is the removal of the casting plugs from the figure.
I have noticed some people have tried razor saws to remove the plugs. This can be a costly mistake resulting in damage to the figure. I suggest using an Xacto knife with a number eleven blade.
Start by carefully scribing a cut-line on both sides where the plug meets the figure. Then rotate the knife so that the sharp side of the blade is facing away from the work. Retrace the scribed lines with the back of the blade which will make a deeper cut into the resin.
When this is done, all you have to do is remove the plug with your fingers. The plug will cleanly detach itself along the cutline. Then sand down any remaining resin that is left. I find this to be the best way to remove the plugs, especially when they are on helmets and elbows.