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Unread 07-15-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Where to get Sintra?

I'm interested in using Sintra in order to create this, but I can't seem to find a physical store in SoCal that sells it. Is it only available online?

Also, what's the difference between Sintra and craft foam?
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Unread 07-15-2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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I can't point you to any stores, but you would probably want to look for a sign shop that makes signs out of plastics. They may be willing to sell you sheets of sintra for market price.

The difference? Sintra is hard. It's plastic. I don't care what chemical it is or what process is used to make it, the important thing about it is that it's hard. Solid. It's a sheet of plastic. Foam is soft, squishy, rubbery, bendable. You can roll it in a tube and fold it with ease. Regardless of the similarities in the manufacturing process and chemicals involved, I consider them very different animals because they behave differently, have different starting and ending properties.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
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Note that Komatex is essentially the same as Sintra, just a different brand name.

I just got my first batch from Ridout Plastics: http://www.rplastics.com/komatex.html

I believe Junkers Cosplay (StabbityBlkMage here on cosplay.com) gets his from San Diego Plastics: http://www.sdplastics.com/komatex.html

I tried my local sign shop that I already have a working business relationship with, but they weren't familiar with the material... I ultimately decided to get a lot more than what I need for the project I'm currently working on, so I have extra for future projects.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #4
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the non brand name is PVC sheeting saves ya~$3-5 per full 4'x8' sheet

if you want smaller sheets
hobby stores like train or war minis sell it too for terrain
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Unread 07-30-2013, 05:11 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info!

Would it be more efficient to shape it with a heat gun or just use boiling water? I don't have an outdoor fire pit and kind of want to avoid using the kitchen as a cosplay studio.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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heat gun for sure!!!! you cant use water to heat it, cuse its not hot enough. the only product i really know u can do in water is wonder flex
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Unread 07-30-2013, 12:11 PM   #7
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A heat gun will allow you to be more precise with what areas get heated to bend.

@animenerd93, this site indicates you can heat smaller pieces in boiling water:
http://www.tri-dee.com/Sintra%20shee...nformation.htm

though I haven't personally done it.
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Is there a particular price range of heat guns that would be more effective or would any cheap heat gun suffice?
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An inexpensive one will work just fine. I got one on sale from Harbor Freight for $15.
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Are heat guns normally sold in craft shops or home improvement stores?
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both but craft shops tend to cost more
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