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Old 09-05-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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Want to paint the underside of plane to help with orientation. What kind of spray paint can I use on foam?
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Title says it all.

Want to paint the underside of plane to help with orientation. What kind of spray paint can I use on foam?
Testors, Its The best, Make sure it says Styrofoam on the top of the Lable



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Thanks I think Hobby Lobby sells it here in Sherman. Now all I gotta do is figure out a high contrast color for the partially color blind like myself. Day-Glow Orange sounds tasty.
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Thanks I think Hobby Lobby sells it here in Sherman. Now all I gotta do is figure out a high contrast color for the partially color blind like myself. Day-Glow Orange sounds tasty.
I do The same thing I need a bright colour on the bottom of the plane to see it way out there

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Depends on the foam also...

EPO can handle every spray paint I have tested so far.
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I have used every type of Testors paint on just about every type of foam with no issues at all.

When you go to Hobby Lobby (or Michael's or Jo-Ann's, they all carry it), make sure you take a coupon with you. You can normally find one for at least 40% off one regular priced item. If you have a smartphone, you can download the free app for each place and get the coupon right on your phone.

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+1 on Testors...used it on my "newish" PZ Trojan.....that and black Sharpies (red and blue stay sticky for quite some time.

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I use Testor's Model Master quite a bit. It's pricy but works well and is foam safe. I've used a color of theirs called "Racing Red" that is amazingly, eye-searingly bright.

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Another good foam-safe spray paint is Krylon Short Cuts. A multitude of colors is available. Can also be bought at Hobby Lobby.
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Something else you can use are water based acrylics like you can get at the craft stores and in the craft section at Wal-Mart. Usually a buck for a bottle and they go on well. I've used them on almost all of my depron builds for small details that can't be sprayed on.

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OK guys here is a follow up. Things did not go as expected.

Bough ta can of Krylon Short Cut spray enamel because it was the only paint available in Day Glo Orange. Taped up the plane with tape and newspaper, cleaned the surface with Denatured Alcohol, and sprayed the plane.

First thing I noticed while spraying is the paint looked flat, verse glossy, and appeared to have a gritty texture. Let it dry and it feels like sand paper and the paint wipes of like a powder.

If I had to guess the paint dried before it hit the surface. Only thing Ican think of is it might be to warm to spray paint. Did it in the garage which was around 85 to 90 degrees.

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How far was the spray can from the plane while spraying? Possibly too far away? Possibly not shaken enough? Best guessessez.

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How far was the spray can from the plane while spraying? Possibly too far away? Possibly not shaken enough?
About 12 inches and shaken for 2 minutes.

Not sure what to do at this point. You cannot handle the plane without getting covered in powder like paint.
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12" sounds a little far. Find a piece of practice material, try spraying at 6-8" if there is too much build up, move the can faster.

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I'd wipe off the Short Cuts and get some water based acrylic at the craft store. They have the bright colors, and you can just brush it on.

And although I've never used Short Cuts, I'm not sure if that is a good paint to use. The only Krylon I've ever heard of being good for foam was H2O.

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