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Unread 12-21-2010, 12:01 AM   #46
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What about for non-full body coverage? I'm planning a Poison Ivy and I'd like to have vines and leaves painted on like so: http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/4...194728-pi6.jpg (especially the leaves on the chest)
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Unread 12-21-2010, 07:45 PM   #47
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PAX works for as much or little coverage as you need!
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Unread 12-29-2010, 09:11 PM   #48
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Sorry, I may have missed this, but does PAX have a strong scent to it? I'm trying to find a body paint my boyfriend can use, but he suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity where he can't breath properly if he smells most chemical smells. I was hoping I could find something white I could mix with it that doesn't have much of a scent.

Also, thank you for making such a helpful thread!

Oh, and I almost forgot to ask... Do you think it would be that bad to sleep with it on? We were hoping he could just sleep in it, since he will only need it on his upper body.
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Unread 12-31-2010, 07:29 PM   #49
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It doesn't smell strongly, but there is a slight smell to it. I would definitely purchase a Pros-Aide sample and let him smell it and see if he has a reaction to it before you attempt to apply it. You may want to try several body adhesives too since as mentioned above, you can mix PAX using other adhesives besides PA, and some smell less than others.

You can certainly sleep in PAX. I don't super recommend it if you're doing complete body coverage, but for just upper body, that's probably easier than reapplying it every day XDD I'd put down an old sheet or something in case some spots on his back do rub off a little while sleeping.
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Unread 01-01-2011, 07:15 PM   #50
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Thank you so much for all your help and answering my questions so quickly. We'll see how it goes. We are talking about until waiting until the con after our upcoming con to do this so we have more practice time (we are going to Ohayocon during the last weekend of January), but when we do eventually use PAX, I'll be sure to post pictures and such.

Also, no promises I won't be coming back here for help... ^^;;
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Unread 01-08-2011, 12:49 AM   #51
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This thread is so awesome, thanks to everyone who has put their input in this thread so far!

I have a question about the latex wrinkling or bunching up, though. In some of the pictures you posted, cachalot, I can see how the latex wrinkled in the photo of your husband due to his slouch, and in one of the photos of your Shiva you can see it wrinkling on your neck due to the way your head is turned.

I'm looking into maybe using PAX for a full face coverage (in the event I can't get it to work with Aquacolors), but I'm going to be making some very animated expressions, so I'm wondering if the latex will pull awkwardly or wrinkle depending on what my face does. Your expressions in Shiva are all pretty focused and still, so do you have any advice on how it holds up to lots of face movement? I'll also have some prosthetics on, so it would be pretty convenient to get to use the PAX for both applying the pieces and covering the rest of my skin.

Thanks so much!
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Unread 01-10-2011, 12:53 PM   #52
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@Hee-Hee: PAX paint WILL wrinkle after it dries. Because it is an adhesive-based body covering that's thicker than a true body paint cover (which is really thin), as it follows the movement of your skin (stretching as you move, etc), it will crease and wrinkle. It looks almost reptilian up close - a lot of my friends at the con who were with me in the FFX group commented that it made me look even less human as Shiva because of the weird texture of the PAX on my skin.

However, I do want to assure people that this doesn't make the PAX less durable at all. I didn't move my face at all for photos, but I spent a bunch of the day smiling and making weird faces at people when I wasn't in character for the photoshoot, and the paint on my face lasted me all day until I went back to the hotel to try and peel it off (and then it didn't want to come off, still).

If you're planning on closeups of your face, though, PAX might not be the best idea if you are concerned about texture, since it does leave wrinkle lines and things while you're making animated expressions. It's best for full-body paint and things like that.
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Unread 01-10-2011, 01:14 PM   #53
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Gotcha! That's a lot of helpful information, thank you very much! =]
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Unread 01-11-2011, 01:09 AM   #54
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Oh wow... I'm so happy I stumbled upon this
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Unread 01-14-2011, 01:21 AM   #55
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Thank you very much for a lot of helpful information like this! ^o^
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Unread 01-19-2011, 09:13 PM   #56
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I'm dressing as Midna's Twili Form from The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, and I need pretty much exactly the same colour for the body as you used in your Shiva cosplay. I was wondering what kind of acrylic paint you used exactly, and also how well sleeping with the PAX on would work?
My friend and I are going to OtaFest in May, and we'll be going for more than one day, so instead of removing it before I go to bed and then putting more on before we leave, I want to just leave it until we're all done. Any suggestions?
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Unread 01-20-2011, 08:17 PM   #57
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@shikanime - I think sleeping with it on would work, though I give the caveat that I've never done it, and I know cons can get kind of...hot and sweaty with all those people around, so make sure you won't be stinky the next morning(s) XD as you can't shower very well with the PAX on. Bring an extra old sheet or something in case bits of PAX come off and stick to the bed, which may happen if you're laying on it for a long time in one position. And of course mix extra PAX the first day so you can reapply as needed.

I used mostly white acrylic mixed with a just a touch of dark blue. It was cheap paint from Michael's, their in-house line I think. (I can't remember the exact brand, but they were having a sale on it so I bought a big tube). For powder, I mixed baby powder and mica loose powder from Coastal Scents:
http://www.coastalscents.com/cfwebst...-star-mica.cfm

It has a fair bit of shimmer so after powdering myself I had a blue-silver shimmer effect over the PAX. If you don't want that, go with non sparkly powder, but either use blue or transparent setting powder, don't use straight white, or it will lighten the PAX too much. ^_^
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Unread 01-23-2011, 04:05 AM   #58
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Do you know of anywhere where PAX can be bought a little cheaper?
I'll be cosplaying Scanty for a con. I know you said it didn't take much to cover, and I'll only have to cover my hands face/chest and possibly my legs, however I'm sharing, she'll be doing the same, and ordering large quantities seems to be quite an investment.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 01:40 PM   #59
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@⑻вιт☆ʂɐɱʊяαɪ - unfortunately I'm a fair newbie at buying FX products myself and I don't really know the best place to find Pros Aide for less. Perhaps Verdatum or Satine, who have used PAX for a long time, will know.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 02:12 PM   #60
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⑻вιт☆ʂɐɱʊяαɪ, making sure you properly read the original post, you don't generally buy the premixed PAX. You just buy the prosaide adhesive online, and buy the paint at your local craft store.

Fxwarehouse prices tend to be quite competitive. And you pretty much can't avoid having to pay shipping; it's a specialty item. Still, doing the math, it just doesn't seem that costly to me.

4oz Prosaid + shipping + 4oz Liquitex Basics paint = about $20, or $2.50 an ounce.
2oz Prosaid + shipping + 4oz paint = about $15, or about $3.75 an ounce. (plus leftover paint for drawing a pretty picture!)
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