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07 April 2005 @ 12:13 pm
automail question  
I'm building a set of automail out of the craft foam and was wondering if silver spray paint would be a good thing to use to color it? My only fear is that it would melt the foam, I doubt it but I remember a long ago attempt by my brother to paint his rain gutter regatta boat (styrofoam that year for some reason) and it melting.
I was having some problems with sharpie experiments (it rubbed off easily) I really don't want to get silver all over my outfit if I can avoid it.

Would puffy paint be a better idea? It seems like it would take *forever* to use though. Any suggestions?

thanks.
 
 
neekabeneekabe on April 7th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
Spray paint works well enough on craft foam, it's a different substance that styrofoam ( or insulation foam, both of which have that annoying tendancy to dissolve ^_~ ). You just have to remember it is basically a sponge and will absorb the paint and change the colour slightly unless you 'seal' it first.
All you have to do for that is prime the foam with a couple of layers of watered-down glue before you paint. This'll soak in on the first couple of layers, but after a few create a nice seal ^_^
(Good tutorial on this site in the process tutorials section)