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Old Apr 26, 2011, 03:21 PM
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What's a good paint for Elapor foam?

Can anybody recommend a good paint for Elapor foam from Multiplex? (EZ Glider, Easy Star, etc.)

I used the Search function here, and found many people asking this question but very few replies.

Any suggestions?
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 05:07 PM
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The Testors Plastic paints work very well with any foam. Lots of pigment so usually one or two coats does the job.

Gord.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 05:09 AM
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Can anybody recommend a good paint for Elapor foam from Multiplex? (EZ Glider, Easy Star, etc.)

I used the Search function here, and found many people asking this question but very few replies.

Any suggestions?
The best paint should be the newly developed paint for Elapor from Multiplex.

I also had good results with the mentioned Testors Plastic Model Paint and Tamiya Acrylic Colors.

Jürgen
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 11:40 AM
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Tamiya and Testors have worked well for me.
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Old Apr 28, 2011, 09:04 PM
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Do these paints adhere to elapor better than EPO? I have no luck with painting EPO. I prefer to leave them white.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 05:48 AM
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I use the 'multi primer' first as this de-waxes the elapor surface,provides a key, ready for acrylic paint.

http://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk...d.asp?id=19243
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 01:33 PM
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I use the 'multi primer' first as this de-waxes the elapor surface,provides a key, ready for acrylic paint.

http://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk...d.asp?id=19243
Yeah, but that stuff hasn't been imported to the states yet.
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 01:54 PM
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Yeah, but that stuff hasn't been imported to the states yet.
Could you not order yourself?

Or contact a multiplex distrubutor?
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Old May 01, 2011, 07:07 PM
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I use kyrlon short cuts and it works great... I do sand the foam lightly, but dont use any kind of primer...
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Old May 03, 2011, 08:20 AM
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The Testors Plastic paints work very well with any foam. Lots of pigment so usually one or two coats does the job.

Gord.
+1.

Wiping down the Elapor with alcohol (and allowing it to dry completely-- only takes a few moments of course) will help with adhesion but the Testors paints stick quite well anyway. You may find that you have to touch it up after a couple hundred flights.
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Old May 03, 2011, 08:56 PM
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I tried to order the multiplex primer from the UK. It cannot be shipped to the US.
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Old May 06, 2011, 01:09 AM
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I have used plastic dip spray in light coats as a primer and it works well.
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Old May 06, 2011, 05:52 PM
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Multiplex Primer Ingredients

First, two things of note, as printed on the can are the words Highly flammable and Unhealthy! Considering what is in the can, I would say both statments are highly accurate.

Also to make perfectly clear, this Multiplex Primer is not a paint primer. What it does is 'prime' the foam by removing the surface wax/slickum to accept your primer coat and finish paint.

In English, from the can, the contents are:

toluene, xylene, isomere mixtures


I would expect that if you went to your local hardware store and looked in the paint department for paint remover, etc. you will find a can with same said components. However what the MPX ratio of ingredients are, I do not know. When you find what you are looking for in the hardware store, you may want to consider thinning the solution and then doing a test wipe on a piece of scrap Elapor. All you want to do is to use a damp cloth for this. Also, be in a well ventilated area and no smoking.

As for my experience with painting numerous MPX models and other foam models, no paint really sticks all that well. It is foam after all. However, the MPX Primer will prepare the surface far better than IPA and will enable the paint to better stick.

Stay away from paints that are made for Lexan bodies, as in the kind used for cars, buggies, etc. Testors, Model Master and Boyds will all work quite well, with Model Master being my first choice. I never did care much for the Kyron(sp) paints as some applied a little uneven and all added a good bit of weight to the plane.

HTH
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Old Apr 10, 2014, 12:42 PM
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Hey guys. Can you use the primer on Z-foam? I ask because I have purchased the Multiplex clear coat and blue + primer for my Funjet, and was wondering if the clear coat could work to shine up my Stinson.

Also, the primers instructions are a bit worrying 'may warp parts, pin them down'. Is this a real risk? If so, how would one pin a multiplex funjet wing down without making a deep hole?
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