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Unread 09-13-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Coating duct tape.

I have a duct tape Batman mask that I want to smooth out a bit. It's going to be a full cowl going all the way down around the neck. I need to find something I can coat it with to smooth it out (something that will last a little while.) I also need to keep the button part rubbery so I can get it on and off (I'm planning on Velcro-ing the front and back.) Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Unread 09-13-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Plasti-dip
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Unread 09-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
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Forgot to mention that it comes in black, can be found at most home improvement stores and they offer brush-on or spray cans. Forms a flexible rubber surface and if done right looks great
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Unread 09-15-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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While I understand why people go to duct tape, it really isn't the best building material, especially for stuff like this. Plasti-dip won't hide the wrinkles, only the texture of the tape itself. With the amount of money spent on tape & plasti-dip, you can get a ready made rubber Batman mask off ebay. I'd buy a cheap ready made & alter it.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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I don't use use duct tape to make things...in fact I don't usually make things at all. But this is turning out pretty well. I used about half a roll of duct tape, some cardboard, plastic bag, and one $7 can of Plasti-Dip. I got about 4 coats out of one can. It still maintained the texture of duct tape, but it's hard to tell where the individual strips were. At this point there's not much I'm going to do about changing materials (I had that done yesterday morning.) I'm going to get some more Plasti-dip to apply another 1-3 coats. I'll try to post some pictures later this week.

That being said, I need to make a Catwoman mask. Because I have experience with this I think this would be the better way to go. But unlike the Batman mask it doesn't go all the way around the head, it just slips on top (and doesn't have to be bendable.) That should mean I could use some solid putty or something to smooth it and then use the leftover Plasti-dip from the second can for the Batman mask to coat it (it wouldn't use nearly as much.) Any suggestions there?
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Unread 09-17-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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Would Bondo all purpose putty work for the Catwoman mask?
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Unread 09-17-2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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I would use foamies for the catwoman mask. A couple of coats of pva to seal it then regular old acrylic paint. Ive had some success using Milliput over that as well. The problem with Bonda Im told is that it isnt very flexible.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 12:25 PM   #8
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you can also coat foamies with plasti-dip after its sealed.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 12:45 PM   #9
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I'm not too worried about flexibility, I'm going for something like this that should be able to just slip on and off. The biggest concern is price, I can't go for anything much more than $10.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #10
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Bondo is not flexible. I would agree on using foamies/craft foam/eva foam, coated in glue and/or Plastidip. You can still paint on top of Plastidip if you need to. It does not have to be the final coat.
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Unread 09-24-2012, 07:56 AM   #11
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Awesome...here's the results!

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/9625/img1106fj.jpg

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9307/img1112fih.jpg

The batman mask used about 2/3 roll of duct tape, some cardboard, plastic bag, and plasti-dip.

The Catwoman mask was all stuff I had on hand, it used barely any duct tape, some sticky-back Foamies, some Model Magic clay (to fill in the ears and cracks in the foam,) and the rest of the Plasti-dip.

All in all they turned out pretty well, thanks for the help!
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