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Painting soft plastic

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:44 pm
by omega1963
Can anyone recommend paints to use on soft plastic? The plastic is fairly soft, almost rubbery. Previously the paint has remained sticky for months when I tried a couple of years ago when I used to use humbrol paints.

Re: Painting soft plastic

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:46 pm
by Doctor What
I've never used it on soft plastic personally but tamiya paints have a decent reputation so might be worth a go?

Re: Painting soft plastic

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:10 pm
by DalekCheese
Tamiya might work. I’d say just prime it and undercoat.

Re: Painting soft plastic

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:39 pm
by skifflebits
Make sure you use a good primer, though. I bought some spray primer that absolutely refuses to dry on soft plastic.

Re: Painting soft plastic

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:13 am
by 3DPrintingDoctorWho
Use a good primer, and if you need to paint it a solid color, invest in an airbrush. The thinner and more even the paint job is, the less likely it is to crack with age/movement.

Re: Painting soft plastic

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:38 am
by Dalekoddjob
omega1963 wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:44 pm
Can anyone recommend paints to use on soft plastic? The plastic is fairly soft, almost rubbery. Previously the paint has remained sticky for months when I tried a couple of years ago when I used to use humbrol paints.
Never use Humbrol - its horrific paint! Tamiya is good, Revell or the warhammer stuff should all be OK. I used Tamiys on a Sec to paint harry's blazer if that gives any useful reference?

Re: Painting soft plastic

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:29 pm
by greeneggsandspam
Ive never painted soft plastic, but probabky something that dries flexible

Re: Painting soft plastic

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:54 pm
by DalekCheese
Have you considered one of those latex-based paints?