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Advice On Smoothing Latex & Plasti Dipping


Thats right, I have finally acquired a can of Spray Plasti Dip and have started to Plasti Dip my Begin's chestpiece and leg armour. So far I've only gotten the leg pieces done but here it is. Check it out:
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After:

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So I'd like to thank all the Brothers who correctly threw a hissy fit when I bought the dip version, because I now know there is no way I could have done it with that.

At this point, I'm getting ready to work on the chestpiece, and once again, I have a question about the emblem.

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You can see that the emblem has been 'built up' and stands out from the rest of the armor a bit, which I like, it's just the rough, sandpaper like texture I don't like. You guys advised me to scrub the latex down to the base, and I was wondering if there was ANY alternative that would allow me to keep the emblem 'built up' like this.

I've contemplated tracing out a piece of paper to glue over the emblem, then plasti-dip over that, thus bonding the dip to the smooth paper instead of the earlier, rough, plasti-dip. If there are any ideas from the peanut gallery, I'd love to hear them, just so I can keep the emblem raised up like that instead of starting with a flat piece.

And since I'm a first time plasti-dipper, any suggestions, tips or hints would be really really helpful, such as how fast I should apply the 'dip, or how many coats I should use, or is there a specific spraying pattern I should use?

Thanks a bunch guys.

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Re: Plasti-dipping my Begin's suit


I like that texture but one thing I can recommend if you want a different shine on the bat from the rest of the chest and to really make it stand out is after the chest has dried take a Q-tip soaked with paint thinner and rub uniformly over the raised bat this will put a very smooth surface on the Plastidip and the bat will really pop.
(Brin taught me that .... credit were credit is due)

I wouldn't go real think on a Begins chest because it should have a mat look and not shine all over
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Re: Plasti-dipping my Begin's suit


Wow, thanks for the tip about making the emblem stand out. That would really help if I have to take it all the way down and I want the emblem more noticable! Thanks bro!

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Re: Plasti-dipping my Begin's suit


I doubt you will actually wear the emblem down until its not as noticeable by rubbing with paint thinner. I have had latex pieces with a rough texture, Not so rough as that, but rough none the less, successfully smoothed out with paint thinner. I just soaked a rag, then rubbed hard and fast (no pun intended) on the rough area, I doubt it will wear teh emblem down too much...

Hope this helps a little,

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Ok, cool thanks Loly2kn2. This is odd, I now have heard people mention three different 'thinners' for use in this project.
Brin suggested Mineral Spirits
Echosix suggested lacquer thinner
and you've said Paint thinner...

WHICH ONE?!?!

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Well im sure the other Bro's know a bit more than me, as im still learning myself. I cant really advise you on what works bes, cause iv only used Paint thinner. When you rub, it will just takeoff the uneven parts, and smooth it all out. After that you could PLasti over the top. I'd wait for some more Bro's to chime in before attempting anything.

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Yup, I'm specifically waiting for some of the Big Guns to answer
a) Ludakris (who made the suit)
b) Brin
c) DavidYr1(yeah right...)
d) Ed
e) Echosix
f) Reevz666
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g) All of the above.

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Mineral spirits.
I would get the "low odor" variety.
Get an old tee shirt, start wiping...you'll see.

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they are all esentualy the same thing eccept differant strengths. as brin said go for the one with the less oder as you can bet it is less carosive.

take your time with it, and if you get stuck ask some one.

you shouldn't hae any trouble with the latex as it will take a bit to rubb that back. just take note in the colour changes from the plast dip to the latex. there should be a differance between the two.

you will difinetly need to use somthing like and old T shirt. nothing fluffy or that has fibers that get cought other wise you will have another mess to clean up.

use cercular motions to get a more even finish and good luck.

this is only an educated assumption from all my years in rubbing back laquer and varnish. it should bt the same deal.

if ant thing needs correcting then i hope some one will, and i will stand corrected.

hope that helps dude.

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I've used both mineral spirits and lacquer thinner. Lacquer thinner, to me, works faster but you have to be much more careful with it. The fumes are very toxic, so be sure you use proper ventilation and respirators.

The mineral spirits work and are much more "pleasant" when it comes to odor and fumes, but you should still use the same precautions when working with it. Don't be surprised if you suddenly want to put on some Jimi Hendrix and start using the word "groovy" a lot! :lol

As I said, they both work, but the mineral spirits seem to me to be a little less dramatic in the effect they have right away & takes a little more work than the lacquer thinner.

I've found that I like to use lacquer thinner when I have a piece that either needs to be completely stripped of Plasti-Dip, or is in really bad need of smoothing. The mineral spirits would probably be better for smaller jobs & fixing small mistakes.

Some of the other bros may have some differing experiences or opinions, but this is they way I perceive things and have been doing them so far.

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