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Registered: 04-2004
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Latex - Questions & Answers


Bros,
I have a few quick questions about adding latex to an armored bodysuit.
1. Where can you get liquid latex ?
2. When putting it on where the armor leaves off, how far do you go? For example on an arm, would you go from where the armor ends to almost your wrist? Would you latex up both sides and the back? Any thoughts or experiences from you bros that have done this would be appreciated. I would think that if you did all the bodysuit, you would have a pretty hard time moving or even walking.
Thanks,
Drew Knight

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Re: Latex Questions


quick thoughts on latex. It shrinks, it stinks, but it scraps off the floor nice, but not out of the carpet. It will take your sculpture down about 10 -15 percent in quality, because of the shrinkage. And this stuff is essentially car tire rubber. smells like it too. But.... it has tremendous tear strength. you could take a mask and hang from it. It shrinks based on the level of thickness. Pains well will latex based paint (latex milk), not the most beautiful quality paint in the world, but it depends on your skill as painter. Then there's the plasti-dip thing.
   Wearing an ammonia resperator would be a suggestion.
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Re: Latex Questions


you can get latex at http://www.monstermakers.com/

i'm no expert on coating suits with latex, as i've never done it and don't intend to, but i believe i've read that most people coat the visible parts so that it all looks even, but leave the back or any parts that aren't visible or hidden by the cape uncoated to let the material breathe. you want as much non-latex-covered space on the suit as you can get, those things are hot enough already. good luck with your suit, bro! :)

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Re: Latex Questions


This is my next job too.

I think it's going to be ok to leave below the glove line, the back and possibly the back of the legs.

There's a tutorial on it here which was brought up recently and very helpful.

Just one question (Columbo style)... is all liquid latex the same, because the only kind I've been able to find is called molding latex. I've also got some black pigment. Will this be OK to roller onto my suit?

Thanks

Nick

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Re: Latex Questions


Here's what I know. You can buy pre-colored black latex online from fetish sites. About 16oz. jar. I've used this to coat part of my spandex unitard because I did not have armor and I wanted a more even look when that part showed next to the leather corset I wear. All I did was used a sponge brush.

But...Brad (MagicMan) I believe used regular latex, that he colored (you can buy pigments and all from monstermakers) and he did roll it on his underarmor for his Ice Robin suit. At least that's what I remember him telling me. I believe rolling it on is much easier to do.

I hope that helps some.

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Latex is wonderful thing for all things bat.

Paul

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