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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?

vicemagevicemage on April 8th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hm... if you're using the same kind of craft foam as I did, then don't worry about the spraypaint eating it. That's just something that affects styrofoam/beadboard. (I know far too much about styrofoam >.<) You should use some kind of primer on it though if you're going for a smooth metallic look. I used an undercoat of Testor's primer (largely because I was working with a plastic base and the paint wouldn't adhere to that at all), and then a hammered metal silver spraypaint over the top, because textured paints are slightly plasticky and fill in the holes in the foam fairly well. Even at that I did have a little visible texture but it wasn't bad, and the paint effects I did later hid it pretty well. ^^

Good luck! Automail's fun to make. ^_^