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Is DIY kendama finish a thing?

Discussion in 'The Lumber Yard' started by TheYahtzeeCode, Feb 13, 2020 at 8:38 AM.

  1. TheYahtzeeCode

    TheYahtzeeCode n00b

    Dec 28, 2019
    I searched around before asking, I promise.

    Is there some kind of kendama finish your can make or buy to put on the tama to replace paint that has been chipped off? Some of my kendamas are getting quite beat up, and it’s making it a real struggle to land tricks like lighthouse, because the ken just slips off, every time. If this isn’t a thing, can I repaint them with the same kind of paint somehow?
    Feb 13, 2020 at 8:38 AM
  2. Dylan Spencer

    Dylan Spencer n00b

    Jan 25, 2020
    I recently heard of someone using flex seal but I'm not really sure if it works. They guy said it worked alright though
    Feb 13, 2020 at 1:41 PM
  3. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2016
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    I'm guessing you mean more like "re-finishing" or "patching" a tama that has paint. For "finish" I usually think of wood finishers like beeswax, oils, kenditioner, cutting block conditioner, etc; for that look here: Shades of Grain (more for unpainted surfaces)

    I don't know of any successful way to patch existing paint like the touchup paint you can get to color match your car. I've used nail polish, super glue, etc. to try and retard the peeling/chipping on certain tama with limited success.

    Here are some related kendama rehabilitation threads that might hold something of use. (and yes really I believe you did search :D )
    Paint questions for custom tamas
    Restore kendama possible?
    Best way to clean up a REZ?
    Stripping paint off a tama?
    Personalized damas
    Tack coating?
    Feb 13, 2020 at 2:52 PM
  4. KeeganS

    KeeganS DS Legend

    Dec 6, 2016
    Boise, Idaho
    Some paints like Sweets’ cushion clear and pro clear are made by them, so you’d be hard pressed to replicate it since it’s a trade secret that they wont give out willingly. Custom painters such as Kendama MPLS and Sourmash also have their own formulas that, again, wont be given out willingly.
    Most factory sticky paints are similar, if not exactly the same as each other (the Deep Sea pro mod from KUSA is a good example of a sticky clear being different from other sticky clears available from the same brand).

    Experiment, the flex seal seems like a step in the right direction but needs something to make it a but more durable and long lasting.

    But tbh unless you know exactly what formula was used for the top coat it’s not going to be the same if you try to patch the paint and may make it worse (staining the cups when they make contact in that area of the tama or covering over the existing clear coat and making it unusable for example)
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2020 at 9:39 AM
    Feb 14, 2020 at 11:37 AM
  5. TheYahtzeeCode

    TheYahtzeeCode n00b

    Dec 28, 2019
    Thanks guys. Looks like I’ll just have to suck it up and buy something with good paint might try some stuff like flex seal on old kendamas tho
    Feb 14, 2020 at 12:25 PM