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Unread 10-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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Paper Mache

Hello everyone, for an upcoming cosplay me and my friends made armor and some other stuff out of paper mache. well now for the question, Can you spraypaint paper mache? and if so does it peel off or anything like that? this would help us soooo much and thank you!
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Unread 10-20-2010, 11:23 PM   #2
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You can spraypaint paper mache, but you'll prolly end up having to do some hand-painting in order to lay down gesso to smooth it out. Spray gesso doesn't go on thick enough and doesn't sand as well.
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Unread 10-20-2010, 11:31 PM   #3
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Yeah, you can spraypaint it. I really suggest using a primer or having the top layer of paper mache made out of plain white paper, though. Newsprint likes to show through paint no matter how thick you put it on DX

Question, though. What was your recipe for the paper mache itself? I've never been the one to mix it before, so looking online I don't know if I should use flour/water or glue/water.
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Unread 10-20-2010, 11:36 PM   #4
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It can vary depending on what "recipe" you are using for your mache, but I've seen paper mache painted with every kind of paint from water color to acrylic to latex to spray paint. If you use an acrylic gesso (like you find in most art/craft stores) it will definitely take acrylic well. Some spray paints are problematic and do not bond with all materials, so it is best to do a quick test before using it on any material.

tl;dr: Probably.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 12:49 AM   #5
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tsuoi_kaze well the one we got was from this one guy from stormthecastle.com it was two cups of water two cups of flour and a tablespoon of salt. to us it worked wonders.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 01:25 AM   #6
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I Used Constrution Paper Instead Of News Paper. . And I Used Flour Water Salt Glue And Cinnamon For My Recipe. . And It Worked Out Really Great
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Unread 10-21-2010, 01:26 AM   #7
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If you are using a flour based recipe and salt is your only preservative, I'd suggest sealing before painting... either mod podge (which does take most spray paint well) or polyurethane (with may or may not depending).
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Unread 10-21-2010, 01:59 PM   #8
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Unread 10-23-2010, 04:58 PM   #9
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I actually just used paper mache on my last cosplay. Gesso really does the job as a primer, and it doesn't look like you even used paper mache. It smooths everything over. I just bought some spraypaint from the hardware store and used it without a problem. But yes, I would definitely suggest using Gesso!
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Unread 10-26-2010, 05:06 PM   #10
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i would actually add some glue to the paper mache. makes it lay down a bit better. i hope this isn't too late. and actually, another idea, if u put some spackle on it after u put the paper mache down, it gives a a better finish. like it will be flat, smooth, and easier to sand if u have to. and it makes it a pit more durable. and that way u don't have to use guesso(did i spell that right? i know what it is, just don't use it)
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