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20 Sep 2013 - 11:51107378
Sealing paint on leather
Sup!

So I've been painting some leatherette with Uni POSCA pens. It's working very well, but even when dry, the heat/moisture from my hands seems to be smudging it slightly. I can easily remove the smudges with a little water, but it's making me worried that in any rain or heat, the paint will start to smudge again.

Which means I need to seal it.
Usually, I'd use good ol' PVA, but, I'm concerned this may crack on the leatherette and not look very good.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can use to seal it?

I'm painting a hat and some very long boot covers. The hat won't see much movement, but the boot covers will.


21 Sep 2013 - 08:59107395
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Sup!Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can use to seal it?

I'm painting a hat and some very long boot covers. The hat won't see much movement, but the boot covers will.


You can buy matte sealant by Plastikote in a spraycan - if like me you're south UK based, you can find it in Hobbycraft. I used it to seal the paint on my armour boots on my costume (pictures on my profile) and to give an example of how well it wears, I accidentally left my boots out in a rainstorm last week and they still look exactly the same now dry.

My boots are wellies, and did flex a bit - though not as much as I imagine pleather will. Still, I think you'll be OK, though if you have a spare offcut, you might want to spray that first and then scrunch it up, to see how it reacts.

Last bit of advice on this, do multiple thin coats rather than fewer heavy coats. 2-3 thin coats should be sufficient.


22 Sep 2013 - 10:47107427
Have a look at Flints website... They're a theatrical suppliers in London & actually do a leather spray in a number of colours. Can't remember their website address but I always just google search Flints London Theatrical Supplies.


22 Sep 2013 - 13:11107434
Aha, I've actually used the Plastikote stuff before, but I never thought to use it for this, only on props =p

I'll get some next weekend and test it out. A thin coat or 2 definitely should be enough.

Thanks for the Flints suggestion too! I've been there before, and I think they're a little expensive, but might be a last option.


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