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Painting Exposed Wetsuit Areas


I know this has been covered before, but I couldn't readily find the posts.
Anyhow, as I near completion of gluing the armor down, I need to paint the exposed parts of the wetsuit underneath. I've heard people say to paint them in liquid latex, then go over them in plasti-dip.
My questions are: is this the best method? And what brand latex? I was at a costume shop today and the woman there swore that there was no way liquid latex would stick to a wetsuit, so I figured I'd hold off on buying anything until I consulted the pros.
Also, is spray on plasti-dip or brush on better?
Thanks!

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Re: Painting exposed wetsuit areas


Use latex and tint it with some Liquitex Basics paints. Don't add too much, a little goes a long way (emoticon XDFX). After you mix it, put it in a paint tray and using a small paint roller, just roll it on. Or if you have the means, spray it on. I prefer rolling cause it can really soak in and stay put on the wetsuit.

Brad

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BTW if anyone else has this problem know this:

Most people working at costume shops or party stores know NOTHING about this stuff. If you need to know something ask one of the senior board members. You will be MUCH better off.

Brad knows... The lady at the costume store.... [sign in to see URL].... emoticon

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Will any type of liquid latex work? Also, where can I find that brand of paint?
Will that be enough, or should I plasti-dip over it afterwards?

Thanks for your help!
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Any liquid latex will work. You are better off buying more than you need. I would get a quart of it from [sign in to see URL] and mix it with Liquitex Basics acrylic paint. The best way to judge how much to put in is just to eyeball it. Just remember to use much more latex than you do paint. It will also dry a bit darker than it looks wet, so be aware of that.

As for the lady at the costume [sign in to see URL] her to put some on a wetsuit and try to get it off. It's impossible. emoticon

Brad

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Once the latex has dried, spray it down with some plasti-dip (if that is what your suit is painted with) and it will match exact. With plasti-dip, spray it nice and wet, without running and it will be super smooth.

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I used the latex which is about $12 from Taps Plastics, which was about 1 pint size. It brushed on white colored and turned clear as it dried; and I used just the cheap foam brushes. After about 4 coats I was happy with the look. Just make sure you stir the latex *a lot*. After everything dried, a few coast of PlastiDip finished off the joints.

I did this a year after the main parts of the armor were glued to the wetsuit. If you are careful, you won't have to remove the armor to paint up to the edges.
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