View Full Version : Painting a gas mask

11-12-2010, 10:03 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


Thanks all!

11-12-2010, 10:40 AM
You want to use Acrylic or Latex based paint on rubber. Krylon H2O™ Latex spray paint will work.

11-12-2010, 11:06 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.

11-15-2010, 09:13 AM
Ani_BEE, any suggestions where I can get that? Do model stores sell it?

11-15-2010, 03:04 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.

11-16-2010, 04:40 PM
Also, important to have flexible paint so it doesn't chip or crack.

11-16-2010, 11:06 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.

11-20-2010, 01:35 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.

12-27-2010, 10:00 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!

12-27-2010, 11:29 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