View Full Version : Possible to Strip and re-paint a pool ball?

Sol Shadow1
03-19-2009, 08:12 PM
I need a custom looking pool ball for my Venom from Guilty Gear cosplay and im wondering if i can just buy a cue ball or something and just paint it?

03-19-2009, 08:19 PM
rough up the surface with sandpaper first :)

03-19-2009, 08:26 PM
Rather than trying to strip the paint completely, it really would be a little more effective to just sand it all really well and prime it, then paint.

Have you considered using a pool ball-sized piece of something else that's a lighter material? That can be really hurtful if you drop it on your foot or someone else..... ^^;;

Sol Shadow1
03-19-2009, 08:47 PM
Well i was thinking of a foam ball but im sure it would look like crap considering that the surface is porous and such but if there is a lighter sphere shaped object with a smooth surface that wont crush with a little wear and tear then im all ears

03-19-2009, 08:54 PM
I actually would recommend using a Styrofoam ball. Use very small, thin, short strips of masking tape to cover it relatively smoothly. The tape will actually only stick to itself rather than the Styrofoam, but if you take it slow and careful it'll stay on. It's important that the tape is short and thin to keep it smooth. Then take a thin coating of air-dry clay over the tape to have a perfectly smooth layer. Let it dry for 24+ hours and then you can paint it. ^^ Does that make sense?

03-20-2009, 10:19 AM
You could also get one of those plastic christmas balls, the kind that comes apart in half, and paint the INSIDE of the plastic... not the outside. That way, it will look SUPER smooth. And just align the line in the ball (where it comes apart) to one of the lines of the cue ball (if it's a lined one).

You could probably even just buy one and paint it to see how it looks, and if it looks crappy, its only about 1 hour and 50 cents wasted ^^

Oh and also, for the number on the ball, get a decal that's the right font/size, so it will look perfect, rather than trying to paint it yourself. You could also use a stencil. Same with the circle around the number. Try to find a stencil or something, don't try to freehand that stuff! (unless you have surgeon-steady hands ^^) It will make a huge difference!

03-22-2009, 05:57 PM
Why don't you just buy a ball made of wood? I see those at arts and crafts stores all the time.

03-22-2009, 08:53 PM
If you end up going from scratch, using a porous foam or grained wood, pick up a can of "filler primer." Stuff works great. They mix some sort of talcum powder in with the paint to "fill in" the imperfections for a smooth finish.

03-23-2009, 05:05 PM
You could always try a bouncy ball and paint that, they're light weight so it won't hurt if you drop it.

03-23-2009, 09:40 PM
Either a wooden ball or decopage balls would be good, either way, you would probably want to seal it in mod podge or something.

Sol Shadow1
03-25-2009, 08:13 PM
I think i may lean towards the wooden ball, the tape Styrofoam ball didn't necessarily work out too well and i may crush the decoupage ball on accident so either wood or the rubber bouncy balls although i don't think they come in sizes that big......