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Good stuff. I'm going to go for a homemade suit probably more halloween-y than what many of you guys have, but a good place to start. Going for a Batman Returns armor look which I plan to make with craft foam and latex. Saw some pleather at JoAnn fabrics that might work for a cape....

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I use the liquid latex from liquidlatex.com 32oz will do a whole suit just make sure you spray it thick and I use a gun from harborfreight.com its $15 and purple.
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Quote:

ChrisRobin1 wrote:

I use the liquid latex from liquidlatex.com 32oz will do a whole suit just make sure you spray it thick and I use a gun from harborfreight.com its $15 and purple.



Actually, if you're talking about the one I think you are, thats definietly a no no for latex paints. Only works for oil based enamels as it clearly states in the description bro. :wink

There is a cheaper more disposable unit sold on amazon which uses compressed air and has a glass jug as well. If that gets clogged after full usage, you can toss it.
Since brush guns are more elaborate, especially when taking it apart to clean, it can be a serious pain trying to remove any traces of latex.

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Actually... the prevail sprayer your talking about has no where near the power to shoot out latex. I tried. You would have to thin the latex so much it would take roughly a billion coats. The best way to do it is get the $15 gun and run water through it until its clean.
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I literally painted the liquid latex your talking about on a lycra undersuit with the purple gun. Hope this helps man.
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Chris, do you mean this one? HVLP spray gun
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I'm going to look into getting the gun and trying that. Thanks for the advice. A follow up question or 2 if I may:

1. I was originally going to put a base coat of latex on the undersuit, then place the muscles, then spray over with 3 coats or so of latex. However, I have been considereing making Returns style armor with the craft foam, coating the undersuit and the foam separately, THEN placing the foam on the suit. Will that anchor the armor?

2. What do you use to seal the latex when finished. My understanding, (never yet worked with it) is that it will remain sticky even dry until a finish is applied.

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Oh yes, and what do you use for an air compressor?

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Regarding #2- For the armor itself, one option is to seal with Plasti-dip spray. Avoid using it on the undersuit, though.

I was under the impression that latex would remain sticky forever as well, but speaking from my experience making my 89 cape over the past week or so, it will eventually cure to a non-tacky level after a while (I used the Monster Makers Black Bat latex). After rolling on the latex, I left the cape, spread out, in a hot garage. After several days of that, the folds that occur near the hem when the cape is worn no longer tended to stick to themselves.

That being said, the cape folds don't have much pressure on them. For the undersuit parts only- you might still need to apply baby powder to any area on the suit which will fold/touch itself with more pressure (elbows, underarms, knees, etc). This will stop any tackiness that is left. You can clean off the powder afterwards with soapy water to get the black finish back. I would just say be sparing with the powder since it's a pain to clean off.
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Clear plasti dip all the way. I use a pancake air compressor 150 psi and use the gun at 40 psi. I would attach the armor with dap weldwood.
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