Customs: Paint for Soft Plastic

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  1. smiller0570

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    Ok so need some advice on something. What would be the best paint to use on soft plastic/rubber? I don't want to mess up my Titans Return Mindwipe that I am turning into Swoop wings. Would a painters pen be ok or should I stick with Testors/Model Masters? Thanks!
     
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    I don't really know the answer to this but I would think a flexible material covered in an inflexible paint would lead to some pretty bad cracking. You might want to look into something flexible like plasticote. That might have its disadvantages as well since plasticote is kinda meant to be able to be pealed off. As I said, I don't really know.
     
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    Acrylic is your best friend for these materials. That's what's used for the likes of the marvel legends figures and such.
     
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    coat the soft plastic in brush-on super glue.after it dries it creates a surface that acrylics can bond to.
     
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    Superglue still cracks horribly if the plastic piece is bent. You'd need a LOT, which would distort details. I've done it and wouldn't recommend it.
    Personally, I like to clean the piece with rubbing alcohol then use acrylic latex paint. The paint does bond and is flexible enough to withstand bending.

    Incidentally, I've also used acrylic latex paint to make 'skin'. Put a thick coat on some mylar and let it dry. It peels right off, and is flexible enough to use as capes, scarves, belts, whatever.
     
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