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ByeByeBeautiful
11-12-2010, 09:03 AM
I picked up an old Russian gas mask from the local Army Navy store. The rubber part is light gray, but I would like to paint it darker. Does anyone have any suggestions for paint? Would spray paint stick to rubber?

Here's the costume - Empty Child zombie from Doctor Who

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42828000/jpg/_42828177_whoemptychild.jpg

Thanks all!

Ani_BEE
11-12-2010, 09:40 AM
You want to use Acrylic or Latex based paint on rubber. Krylon H2O™ Latex spray paint will work.

essex1984
11-12-2010, 10:06 AM
Test a small area first. Some rubbers will not bond with paints due to the oils that are on them. I ruined a very nice mask in a very similar attemp.

ByeByeBeautiful
11-15-2010, 08:13 AM
Ani_BEE, any suggestions where I can get that? Do model stores sell it?

Ani_BEE
11-15-2010, 02:04 PM
Hardware store should sell it actually. I get mine from Canadian Tire which is a general home repair chain store in their spray paint sections along with wall paint swatches. They don't store it with the automatic repair spray paint. Walmart also carries Krylon products as well bit it's hit or miss if they carry H20.

Relik
11-16-2010, 03:40 PM
Also, important to have flexible paint so it doesn't chip or crack.

ChilmarkGryphon
11-16-2010, 10:06 PM
You could try RIT dyeing it; people use RIT dye to recolor vinyl toys. It also sticks to the soles of sneakers when they're dyed, so it might work on to whatever rubber your gasmask is made from.

badwolfmasks
11-20-2010, 12:35 PM
Yeah, don't use regular spray paint. Tried that once on a pair of rubber gloves once...I had globs of paint chipping off all night.

ByeByeBeautiful
12-27-2010, 09:00 AM
Okay, I give UP on the Krylon paint. No store in my area carries it, and apparently none will ship it either. Are there any other brands of latex spray paint?

OR: Where can I find RIT dye and a tutorial?

Thanks all!

rubyspitfire
12-27-2010, 10:29 AM
maybe you can cover it with a thin leather-like material instead of painting? it will give a slightly different look and be easier on your skin than rubber