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Unread 06-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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How do you paint Craft Foam Armor?

Hey there, everyone!
I'm currently making craft foam armor for my cosplay and I had a question.

How do you paint Craft Foam armor without damaging the foam?

I know spray paint can eat away certain materials and I wanted to be sure how to paint it.
For my armor I need a nice and even finished paint job and I'm not sure how to go about it, as this is my first time using craft foam.

Any suggestions on material would be a real help!
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Unread 06-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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Spray paint won't eat away at craft foam or other EVA foams. It WILL, however, get soaked into the foam like a sponge, so you'll need to coat it with a sealant so the paint stays on the outside.

You can use school glue, mod podge, gesso, etc. There's also a rubber spray called plasti-dip that can coat it. I used plastidip for my Raiden armor and it worked out great.

You'll still want to reinforce your foam, unless it's the thicker 6mm craft foam, with some kind of backing (layers of foam, or a fabric backing) to add rigidity and strength.
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Unread 06-21-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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Thank you! That helps me a lot!
I'm probably going to back my foam up after I shape it.
Do you have any preferred ways to reinforce your armor?
I read up on using extra cloth, but I'm not sure how much I would need to add.
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Unread 06-21-2012, 02:40 PM   #4
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its not hard with acrylic paint
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Unread 06-21-2012, 03:34 PM   #5
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The amount you need to add is dependent on how rigid and how strong you need it to be. It also depends on the weave of fabric used and the thickness of the fabric.

If all you want to do is prevent the foam from tearing, a single layer of muslin saturated in glue is generally sufficient. If you want something that will actually cushion some trauma, like for sparring, you'd want 3 or 4 layers of duck-fabric follwed by a top layer of muslin (to reduce the heavy fabric texture.

A happy medium is around 3 layers of muslin. That should allow you to withstand the occasional convention collision, but still be lightweight and have a little flex.

For the best strength, as you build up layers, it becomes extra important to roll or squeegee away the excess adhesive. You want it just saturated, but not drippy or pooling. Also, air bubbles are the enemy. Either cut the fabric to relax it and press it down, or be prepared to grind into the airbubble and fill it with putty once it has fully dried.

I strongly advise you do tests with a scrap of craft foam before treating your actual piece. screwups do to inexperience can cause a lot of wasted time without it.
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The muslin helps hold layered pieces together, if you have bits with small overlap. For the armour I have on in my avatar (which is indeed craft foam), modge podge worked brilliantly at holding it together and sealing simultaneously. I've been wearing it outside in crazy heat and have definitely beaten down on it, and only now is it showing any considerable cracking.

Seal first, paint second. After you seal it, the spraypaint will go on in a smooth layer, and be super shiny if you bought a glossy colour.
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Thank you all for the help!
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Unread 06-22-2012, 06:06 AM   #8
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Thought I'd also mention, since you're cosplaying Amon--

If you're going for a more leather-y look to your craft foam, try using black shoe polish with a brush on a darker grey foam (for a black armour colour) before you seal it. Adds a little texture, and makes it look slightly worn, but real enough to confuse some pros!
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Unread 06-22-2012, 05:00 PM   #9
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also don't forget about the sealant needed for overlaying craft foam armor. Although you generally only need this sealant for an acrylic paint job, it'll give your armor a nice shine to it giving it that good metal feel.

If you're interested it's Pledge floor polish with acrylic protection. You can get this at a Walmart.
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Yay for people asking questions that I was about ready to post!
This is very helpful to me as well. I have to redo my armor for Astharoshe. I used foam covered with wonderflex and then covered on the front with friendlyplastic...25 pounds of armor and I couldn't get it to stay put. Going for the lighter craft foam option with wonderflex and gesso or plasti dip.
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Unread 06-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #11
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This is fantastic! I'm making a Princess Bubblegum crown and I was just about to paint it without coating/sealing it first. Thank you all.
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