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Hello, I am a new member to BOTB and this is also my first post and I am getting ready to make my first latex costume. I am very new to working with latex and was wondering how to paint it. As much information and details would be amazingly appreciated. Thanks! :)

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Welcome to the cave mackle89. I know you are going to have a great time.

As for painting latex, you need a product called plasti-dip. If you are in the States, it is available at Lowes, and most major hardware stores in the spray paint section. It is the best and only thing to use. Rustleum brand paint will crack after a while. PLasti-dip is a liquid rubber, so adheres to the latex better.

Just be sure the thing you are painting is latex and not rubber vinyl, as the plasti won't stick to it.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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So is the plasti-dip a paint in itself? Do I need an airbrush for it? Thanks for the response!

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So is the plasti-dip a paint in itself? Do I need an airbrush for it? Thanks for the response!



You can get in a spray can. Just point and shoot. Apply in light even coats (like any other spray paint) then after it dries if you want it to be shiny give it a wipe down with a rag soaked in mineral spirits then before that fully dries lightly coat it again. Should work fine (do it all the time).



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You guys have been an amazing help thanks! Now onto the next question :) . Where do you guys get your latex, or what brand do you use, I live in the states (MN to be exact). Thanks!

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MonsterMakers has about the best latex out there IMO. Go to [sign in to see URL].
For armor get their RD-407 and tint it black yourself with either their tint or just use universal tint available at any paint store. If you're making a cowl you would be better off with their "Bat Black" latex (it's a little thinner than the RD-407 and works better in the ears).

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Would this latex work if I was applying it straight onto a fabric? Also, would the plasti-dip paint work for this or would I be better off tinting it. I'm not doing a black I was going for a dark purple, I am doing a Hush costume, the Hush from the Batman Arkham Asylum video game to be exact. In their interpretation of him, he has more of a jumpsuit and I wanted to make it out of latex to add good detail. Thanks!

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Latex can be brushed onto a fabric.


You can pretty much tint latex (rd-407) to be any color you want. Monstermakers sells a variety of tints.

Suggestion though. Try and pour your latex pieces with the same batch of mixed latex. Unless you have an exact recipe each time you may get a difference in color in your latex.

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About how much latex do you guys go through on a full suit? Thanks for all the responses!

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Are you wanting to just coat your suit with latex or actually sculpt a suit and pour pieces?

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