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Unread 10-22-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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What kind of Paint, gasmask

Any suggestions on what I should paint a gasmask with?

I read that using a water based degreaser, scuffing it with sandpaper, and then painting with a latex based paint may work. I also read that Tire Paint would work.

Any pointers?
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Unread 10-23-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Gasmasks are made with a variety of different elastomeres (fancy word for "rubber-like stuff"). But yeah, you've got the general idea. Modern synthetic rubbers are more likely to respond better to either the tire paint or plastic paints, like Krylon fusion than they would to latex paints. But since gas masks aren't stressed as much as things like rubber shoes, it isn't quite as crucial a choice.

Be sure to paint the entire surface of any piece you paint, creating a solid skin. If you just have like a dot, or a stripe on its own over the rubber, it can easily peel off. To get those sort of designs, paint the surface in a basecoat, even if it matches the original color of the rubber, and then paint the designs using the same type of paint overtop. (I expect you just want to paint the whole thing a solid color anyhow, in which case, you're all set).

With pretty much any paint you use, the more time you can give it to cure before flexing it, the better. In my experience, the Krylon Fusion takes a particularly long time to reach full strength.

If you do a nice heavy paint job over the course of multiple coats, and you treat the thing delicately, it should at least last through a con or Halloween or whatever.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 02:20 PM   #3
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^^

Gotcha, yeah I'm trying to paint an israeli civilian mask white. It's pretty solid rubber, not like some other gas masks that are super stretch/flex.

I also read somewhere that PlastiDip would work, though I doubt that would be long lasting.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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PlastiDip is pretty strong stuff. Its main application is to make fresh rubberized grips for old tools, so it's gotta be tough. The only problems might be that the solvents could begin to eat the rubber (I don't think they'd soften it enough to risk seriously melting or deforming it, but I can't promise anything), and by design it tends to be drippy stuff. Avoiding that last little bulbous drip requires constantly rotating the piece until it has sufficiently dried/cured.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 11:17 PM   #5
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Gotcha. Hmm well I seem to be running out of time so I may have to go with plan B.

This was progress on the plague doctor mask yesterday. I spent some time today painting the "beak"



Plan B is to cover some of the gas mask with brown pleather.
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Unread 10-24-2012, 02:03 PM   #6
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What character are you using your white gasmask for? Some of the Soviet/East Bloc gasmasks are white, it might save you some trouble to buy one of those instead of painting a black one.
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Unread 10-24-2012, 07:28 PM   #7
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What character are you using your white gasmask for? Some of the Soviet/East Bloc gasmasks are white, it might save you some trouble to buy one of those instead of painting a black one.
I'm going for Plague Doctor with a bit of a steampunk twist.

Mask progress so far:

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Unread 10-26-2012, 01:56 PM   #8
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Cool project!

The most similar Soviet models are the PDF-7 or PDF-D. They are very common (all over Ebay, local surplus stores, etc) but they are designed for children, so you'll have to be careful you get the right size. The sizes (1, 2, 3, or 4) are molded into the cheek so if you find one for a good price you can ask the seller what size it is.

http://gasmasklexikon.com/Page/Ussr-PDF.htm

http://www.epicmilitaria.com/product...pdf-d-gas-mask



Another option would be an IP46 or one of the other rebreathers.
http://gasmasklexikon.com/Page/Ussr-IP46.htm

Here are some other gas mask models to look at:
http://gasmasklexikon.com/
http://gasmasklexikon.com/Page/Ussr.htm
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Unread 10-26-2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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Finished...for now:

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