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Looking for advice on smoothing latex?


OK so I'm kinda in a situation here. I decided to start removing my latex Begins pieces and trying to fix things up.

The original game plan was to smooth everything down, fill in some little potholes with latex and re-coat everything with plastidip. That didn't work quite as planned.

I can get the latex almost perfectly smooth with the dremel but the moment I applied the plastidip things went to hell. Some parts turned rough almost looking flocked. Other parts almost look like a whole bunch of little holes like a 14 year old with horrible acne.

I've tried re-sanding a few times I can get it smooth, all I want now is some way to get the suit painted in a flat black color and glue it on to a new undersuit. This thing is kicking my ass. I'm desperate for any advice anyone can give me. Thanks.

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Re: Looking for advice on smoothing latex?


Did you smooth the surface out with paint thinner/mineral spirits before applying plasti dip? If not, that could be the problem.

The effects your referring may be the results of plasti dipping without smoothing out the surface with mineral spirits/paint thinner..

Paint thinner rubbed on with a clean rag or cotton shirt will help smooth out the surface of the latex almost to a shine.

Plasti dip also comes off with paint thinner/mineral spirits too. If you need to, take some of it off and do it over again.

Next time make sure the latex surface is smooth and prepared with thinner/mineral spirits before plasti dipping. It helps it adhere better to the latex too..

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Re: Looking for advice on smoothing latex?


this is a good archive topic! very helpful thanks!

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i am in kenosha also, pm or email me with some contact info and i could try to help you out.
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Thanks for the help, I'm sending that PM now!

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Dude, mineral spirits. All mineral spirits. Unscented is best. Use a terry cloth rag and buff it all down. Basically i did this: Wet the armor with mineral spirits on a rag (in sections), let sit for 1-2 min, then came back with a rag dampened with mineral spirits and buffed it out. When I was happy with my clean, smooth armor, I went back and applied 3-4 light coats of plasti-dip from 10" away on the dry armor. Sounds like you have some spots on yours with inconsistent painting techniques? If yo go too far away witht he spraycan (over 12") it gets dark black but very sandy in texture. If you go 10-12" it goes on light and slightly wet, giving you a satin-y finish. If you go closer, like 6-9", it'll be a smoother, glossier look. If you go too "wet" with any layers, surface oils or dust will cause it to "fisheye". I did the satiny finish and got this intentionally:

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See, then I went back and buffed the bat out with a terry cloth rag and mineral spirits, and glossed the plasti-dip into the finish seen on the bat! It's all plasti-dip, every inch :)

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