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Unread 04-24-2012, 01:59 AM   #121
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Is PAX suitable for airbrushing?

Wow! Thats a long and informative post. Thanks

I know cachalot recommends using brushes to apply the PAX but I wanted to use an airbrush as I think the application would be smoother and quicker. FX Warehouse state that you can dilute PAX by upto 50% using water to use in an airbrush (http://www.fxwarehouse.info/mm5/merc...ory_Co de=PAX)

Question: Does anyone have any experience in using premixed or self mixed PAX in an airbrush in this or any other way? Or have another suggestion for a similar long-lasting/durable body paint suitable for a airbrush.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 02:08 AM   #122
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Is PAX suitable for airbrushing?

Wow! Thats a long and informative post. Thanks

I know cachalot recommends using brushes to apply the PAX but I wanted to use an airbrush as I think the application would be smoother and quicker. FX Warehouse state that you can dilute PAX by upto 50% using water to use in an airbrush (http://www.fxwarehouse.info/mm5/merc...ory_Co de=PAX)

Question: Does anyone have any experience in using premixed or self mixed PAX in an airbrush in this or any other way? Or have another suggestion for a similar long-lasting/durable body paint suitable for a airbrush.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 12:33 PM   #123
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The important thing when airbrushing PAX is to clean out the airbrush immediately after using. An airbrush gummed up with dried PAX is so annoying to clean that sometimes it isn't even worth it.

I purchased a second (cheaper) airbrush that I only use for airbrushing PAX and acrylics. The Paasche H is popular, as it has nice wide nozzles that can handle the thicker paints, and it is cleaned much more easily than the more complicated double action airbrushes.

The other commonly used airbrushed body paint is Alcohol Activated makeup. That stuff airbrushes just as easily as lacquer paints, though you do have to watch out for fumes, both due to inhalation and flammability.
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Unread 04-26-2012, 07:10 AM   #124
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Thanks for info.

Thanks verdatum.
Do you dilute your PAX with water (if so how much) or do you load it straight in the airbrush?
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Unread 04-26-2012, 09:57 AM   #125
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You can thin it with water or alcohol or some combination. Alcohol makes it dry faster, but again, has fumes and fire risks. You want the stuff to be no thicker than the consistency of light cream; but the consistency of whole milk seems to make it the easiest to apply (believe it or not, pros actually use these terms). If it's too thick, it either won't come out of the airbrush, or you'll have to crank up the pressure so high that the force of the air deforms the skin-surface.
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Unread 04-27-2012, 01:32 PM   #126
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Sorry for not answering some questions!

@belligerent - glad the PAX worked out for you! I really really recommend getting a friend (or 2 or 3) to help you paint. This goes for any full body paint, pretty much - painting yourself is not recommended! It just takes way too long, and since you can't see the back of you, you miss spots. I've never found a great way for PAX to stay on the underside of fingers, since fingers move so much and frequently touch each other, thus the PAX starts to flake off after a while (again, PAX will flake off when it's in contact with another surface covered with PAX.) I've recommended to people just to take a bottle of it and touch up their fingers if it really bothers them. To be fair, all bodypaints are not very long wearing when it comes to fingers, unfortunately.

@coma148 - it's 50/50 for mixture, so half pros-aide, half paint. As mentioned, the recommended brand is Liquitex but I've used a bunch of different cheapy brands and the results seem similar.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 03:48 AM   #127
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How much of a pull does it have on the skin during removal? I just got another tattoo about a month ago, and while it's completely healed, would it be wise to go ahead and use PA over it in about three weeks?
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Unread 05-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #128
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You usually have to scrub a bit, but that's just because the PAX doesn't come off easily and I am usually trying to get it off as fast as possible. For the tattooed area if it's still sensitive, I would spray remover on it, wait about 30 secs to a minute, then gently dab at the area with a cotton ball. You'll probably have to repeat this process for about 5 minutes on that particular area, but if you are worried about irritating the new tattoo, this just gently dissolves the PAX without rubbing.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 09:01 PM   #129
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I wanted to add a small note about paint over PAX on other surfaces - since doing Shiva I've tried painting PAX on a variety of mediums, including styrene plastic, fabric, and foam latex. It goes on really well. I'd actually highly recommend it over prosthetics if you need to match the color of the prosthetic to the color of your skin or costume - you can mix one batch and paint the PAX over both. We did it for a friend who was cosplaying Freya from Final Fantasy IX (a anthropomorphic rat, so there was a prosthetic rat nose glued onto the face) and it worked great.
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Unread 05-16-2012, 11:35 PM   #130
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How would it effect an area with hair? I'm researching a bit to find something suitable for my brother for a Hulk costume - mostly green body paint, obviously.
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Unread 05-26-2012, 04:14 PM   #131
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I don't recommend using PAX over any areas with hair, either longer body hair (this applies mostly to guys) or hair on your head. The PAX pulls at it as it dries and according to my husband, it's not pleasant. I got some paint on my front hairline as well and it took about 5 days to come out completely because the remover can't really get to it, so it just kind of sticks and gets matted.
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Unread 06-23-2012, 12:59 PM   #132
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Hi! This has been really helpful to me and I've done a little research on this as well! Unfortunately right now, I'm somewhat of a beginner at cosplay and just a complete amateur at all things make-up related. I've gone through the entire post and read everything but just a few quick question.

I'm really sorry about repeating questions that have already been asked and answered, but I was wondering if you could sleep with PAX on not just the body but also the face as well? I know you can sleep in it but it's not recommended when it's on the body but I was wondering if the same could be applied to the face area? I'm mostly going to paint my arms and face/neck area and I don't really want to scrub it off only to put it back on the next day for AX.

Also, can you apply PAX around the eye area? Or is there an alternative method/way for that area? My eyes are a little......I wouldn't say sensitive but I'm kind of cautious about them or that area. And also, if you needed to rub your eyes for whatever reason (irritation, something inside, etc) or lick your lips, can you do those actions or would you recommend just using a wet towel?

I was also wondering if it'd be possible to wash your hands or touch food with PAX on?

And do you just put the PAX on in light coats or do you first put Pros-Aide on then the PAX?

And how far would you paint before getting to the hairline if you're going to wear a wig?

I'm sorry, last question!! >< Do you wait for the paint to dry and then paint another layer on top of it?

Sorry for the questions! ><
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Unread 06-23-2012, 05:46 PM   #133
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I'm sorry, last question I swear!!! Do you first powder then put the seal on or is it reverse?
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Unread 06-25-2012, 10:58 AM   #134
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If your skin is sensitive on your face, DO A TEST first before putting any PAX on! I don't recommend PAX near the eye area in any case. For right around the eyes, use regular makeup such as eyeliner.

You don't use Pros-Aide by itself to paint - PAX is a combination of Pros-Aide and acrylic paint. Mix them before painting. Once it's on, you can eat, wash your hands, etc without worry about it. However, one note about hands - because your fingers flex so much and you use your hands all the time, the PAX will likely start flaking off. This is normal. I haven't found any body paint that doesn't rub off on the hands, so if you're bothered by it, carry a small bottle of PAX in a sealed bottle and just touch up your hands before any photoshoots.

The "seal" for PAX is the powder itself. You don't have to seal any further after you powder. For hands, elbows, knees, and other areas that have a lot of movement, powder a bit more so the PAX stays on longer.
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Hi! I know this is an older thread but I was wondering if you can make different colors of PAX and put them on top of one another to make a design. My husband is going to be doing the Winter soldier and that requires a silver base with a red star on top and black horizontal lines. How would that work?

Also, I would be using it for Maya from borderlands 2, but she has just tattoos on her chest, arm, and hip. Would I be able to leave that on for two days and still take a shower with it? Since it isn't full body coverage? And could I use a paint that would glow from a blacklight?

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