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05 Feb 2009 - 16:2510454
help with paint
Does anyone know what paints I can use with Crayola Model Magic? I really want to use the stuff in the big bottles that schools use (poster paint?) but I'm worried I might ruin my props.


05 Feb 2009 - 16:3010455
from what I hear acrylic paint works, also you might try a matt or gloss enamyl I always saw tobi's mask as a matt but its completely up to you.


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05 Feb 2009 - 16:5210456
If you're going to varnish your props then stear clear of poster paint. It WILL smear, badly, if you use varnish.

Acrylic paint is probably your best bet, because its thicker, and more robust. Thats why I've found at least.


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05 Feb 2009 - 17:2910457
Quote Silver:
If you're going to varnish your props then stear clear of poster paint. It WILL smear, badly, if you use varnish.

Acrylic paint is probably your best bet, because its thicker, and more robust. Thats why I've found at least.


Varnish? Well, I was gonna use PVA glue ^^;; would that make any difference?


05 Feb 2009 - 20:3510459
Poster paint will probably come off with PVA as well. Use acrylic paint.

1.It looks a lot nicer
2.It lasts longer
3.You can get better colours

Also you should use varnish over PVA. Varnish gives you a much neater finish, PVA has a tendency to create lumps and can dull the original colour of your paint.

If your feeling really flash then use enamel paints, they give a really nice high quality finish.


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05 Feb 2009 - 20:4710460
I’d suggest you actually avoid enamel, it may not dry properly on the clay. It certainly doesn’t on other brands. You could perhaps use it if you seal the clay first with a layer of something else though.

I agree with acrylic, and coating it with varnish.


05 Feb 2009 - 20:5910462
angela has a good point, it wont dry properly on clay unless you prime it.

But I would suggest priming it anyway for whatever paint you end up using. Youl get a better finish and true colour


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06 Feb 2009 - 13:1710479
acrylic. everyone else has said it, i'll chime in too.

i personally use a mix of different brands for different things.

windsor and newton galeria for block colours, since you can buy most of the colours in huge 250ml squeezy bottles for around £6

citadel miniatures (games workshop) for metallics. i've really not found a better range of metals, think they are about £3 for a diddy 12ml pot, but they are good. vallejo is pretty good for metallics too, and a bit cheaper... but only if you can find them. they also have possibly the biggest colour range of any model acrylic.

i'd always recomend spray priming and spray varnishing. it may seem like more expense, but they are vital supportive and protective layers, and spraying avoids nasty brush stroke lines.

another tip is to invest in some tamya acrylic thinner, rather than use the water thinning technique. again, you can get other brands, but i've not found one better.

if you reeeeally want to use poster paints (ew) you can mix them with PVA to get a pseudo acrylic finish, but it's really not that great.


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07 Feb 2009 - 13:4010522
Remember that PVA and poster paints aren't waterproof either. I made that mistake at Japanex with my sheath for Hiyori, and almost ruined my Ed coat from it. We live in England! It will rain! I always varnish my props properly now.


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