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Custom Littlest Pet Shop Paint

Updated on March 5, 2011

Tips for Painting Littlest Pet Shops

It wasn't very easy for me to find out the best way to paint LPSs (Littlest Pet Shops).

Unfortunately, there wasn't one good online resource to find out the steps, the best types of paints to use, and the best techniques to achieve the results I wanted.

I did manage to find all the information I needed (but I had to consult a lot of different resources, and people). So I'm compiling all the information I've found to help make your endeavor into the world of painting custom Littlest Pet Shop pets easier than mine!

We love customizing Littlest Pet Shop toys over and over and OVER again

each time they go to the beauty shop! Just need strong fingernail polish remover and acrylic paint pens!

What kind of paint do you use on Custom Littlest Pet Shop Toys?

This poll will help us find out what most Custom Littlest Pet Shop creators use on their works of art. Please participate so we know what works best!! Also feel free to suggest other options.

What kind of paint do you use to customize Littlest Pet Shop figures?

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Step 1: strip the existing paint off your LPS.

You can paint over paint, but then you have to worry about the paint underneath showing through light colors.

How to Remove LPS Paint - Use 100% Acetone Nail Polish Remover and a Sponge

You can use a rag to remove the paint, but a paint sponge works best (just think of the nail polish remover that comes in with a sponge already submerged with a hole to stick your figures into, and how easy that is).

If you want to protect some of the paint (like this picture I just wanted to remove the eyes) you can cover the paint you want to protect with silly putty so it doesn't accidentally get some nail polish remover on it!

Then You'll Need Some Primer

By using a primer you're sure to get a smooth painting surface. Priming ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being paint.

I don't prime if my four year old and I are just playing "Littlest Pet Shop Beauty Shop" and know we'll probably start over on the pet again. I only prime custom Littlest Pet Shops that I'm sure will be works of art!

Reader Poll

Would love to know the reasons you do or do not use primer on your Custom LPSs.

Do you prime your custom Littlest Pet Shop pets?

Always!

Always!

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    • loraine finch 2 years ago

      Can i use nail hardener polish after iv painted my lps

    • lissy2 might 2 years ago

      hi i am trying to customize a stupid music surprise pack pet and i don't want to mess up how do u do the eyes what paint should i use should i use nail polish

      HELP PLZ :{

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes if they look nice

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      use nail polish it works

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      if by prime you mean customize then yes, I get the Colorfully Cute or whatever they're called LPS because they are plain and just one color and then start painting over them with nail polish. It works great, only catch is that if you mess up on the eyes or somewhere that you didn't paint it sort of ruins your pet. But I've messed up on the eyes but then went over with the same color polish and it didn't look so bad. Umm, yeah.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I filed the sharpie off a ruined pet and primer made it smoother

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      awesome lps

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i use sharpies,pens,and nail polish one time i mad a fox that looks like a cat with yellow fuzzy material that has long hair. she has bangs that cover amost on her right eye.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      omg that's awaome

    What's primer?

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      • Blue 2 years ago

        Would Watercolour paint work, it's all i have?

      • lizzy 2 years ago

        cool this is kind of helpful ;]

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i use sharpies, pens, and nail polish. One time i made a rock star cat with pink fuzzy material that has long hair. She has bangs that cover her right eye.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Uh, I think primer is like gloss.... since it looks clear....

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        no

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Your choice:

        Always!

        * What's primer?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        never heard of it!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        um...

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        This is cool,I use arlylic paints

        Ps can u use nail polish remover 2 get the paint of a lps???????????

      Use Paint Pens to Draw on Eyes - Especially if your Hand isn't Steady Enough for a Paint Brush

      If your hand isn't steady enough for a paint brush for detail areas (like the eyes) you can use acrylic paint pens instead. I recommend getting the fine tipped ones for more control though. I use a white and black fine tip acrylic paint pen. I draw on the white of the eyes first, and then use the black. i just use normal acrylic paints with a brush for any other colors I need for the eyes,

      Tip: You don't have to paint over the eyes.

      You can cover the eyes with play-dough or silly putty and then paint the rest of the figure, and remove the putty later.

      Do you have any tips for painting Littlest Pet Shop Customs?

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          savy124 2 years ago

          i use sarapes it is a lot easier ;]

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          get the plain ones that are like the blind bags and then add some color to them with nail polish. I really like to use Nail polish because it feels almost exactly like the lps before you painted it (except it is a little greasier and smoother depending on what brand and how you applied it) and it gives it a noticeable shine. I also like using nail polish because you can use flocking powder to make it fuzzy in some areas. Like i did a great dane that was all pink and turned it into a white and brown spotted great dame with fuzzy ears and tail. Umm yeah, hope this helped.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Try to paint half of the pet shop and let that dry, and then do the rest of the lps so it doesn't get messy. :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          i am working on a lps, and i think i am doing really well! though the eyes are very hard to paint.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i paint tmy foxes eyes

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have found that liquitex acrylics work very nicely on plastic they don't scratch as easy either

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          im working on one right now,its so cool im really excited!when i took one of the eyes off i was kinda creeped out but its really fun and i love it!!!

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          Will come back with tips once we start painting our LPS toys - such a fun craft idea, I love it!