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May 25, 2007, 02:58 PM
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Painting EPP?

Hey guys,

Just curious what everyone is using to paint EPP?

Anyone using Apple Barrel paints airbrushed on?

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May 25, 2007, 03:27 PM
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Hi Tram

I have used Krylon plasic spray paint with good results.
May 25, 2007, 03:51 PM
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Sharpie markers.
May 25, 2007, 04:13 PM
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Any spray paint seems to work well......I especially like to use the flourescent colors.
May 25, 2007, 06:46 PM
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Multiplex make a product called Multiprimer for Elapor and EPP. When I use this stuff and then Createx paint over the top it doesn't chip or flake even with a finger nail and enough pressure to dent the foam.

Without the primer any paint I've used on EPP will scrape off with a finger nail.

I'll put a link up of what the tin looks like

EDIT: On well handled areas like the canopy I put a couple of coats of Createx Gloss Clear Coat over the top which protects the paint against wear over time. Just remember to either use a hot air blower to dry each coat if you air brush it on (or it dries cloudy - though you can brush it on and leave it to dry naturally ok).

EDIT #2 What it appears to do is slightly melt the surface of the foam so when it is dry it is bonded firmly to the foam. Your paint (I assume most types will work the same as Createx) then bonds to this new surface. as long as you don't put it on really thick your EPP surface is not changed. Put too much on and you get little ridges and dimples (but that is really laying it on thick and you have to try to get this effect and it is negligible...).
Last edited by Pedroski; May 25, 2007 at 06:56 PM.
May 26, 2007, 10:42 AM
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Or use Design Master paints; their propellant doesn't affect ANY foam. Can be found at Michaels arts&crafts.
Jun 26, 2007, 01:01 AM
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Can this Multiprimer for Elapor and EPP be purchased in North America? I haven't seen anyone online as of yet who does offer this product. Or are there?
Jun 26, 2007, 01:09 AM
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I had enquired about this product on the Hitec/Multiplex forum and was told it is only available to the EU market.

My experience with both EPP and Elapor is nothing really sticks to it permanently, and it's easily peeled off with tape.

Jun 26, 2007, 02:21 AM
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I was afraid of that. Hmm I read somewhere but can't remember where that if we rubbed alcohol it would remove the residue that is used to pop the foam out of the mold. Then regular oil base primer could be used to paint over it. Of coarse a light sanding must be done first. Do you know if anyone else tried this successfully yet? I'm suppose to receive my Easy Star soon and personally I would like to change the stock blue and white color scheme to a more British Spitfire look. (one of my favorite! )
Jun 26, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Krylon Fusion sticks like snot

I used it on a Slofly 28 SuperSlo. It even stuck to strapping tape. I can't scratch it off with a fingernail.

Since it is made for plastics that flex (plastic patio chair), it moves with the foam. Also seemed to add some strength and stiffnes to the foam.

On the other hand, the flex ingredient may weigh more than a water based paint.

The "Pepper Red" is a great color.

Got it at Michaels craft store with the weekly 40% off 1 item.

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Jun 26, 2007, 11:32 AM
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Flair's Spectrum paints seem to work really well

Jun 26, 2007, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by cactus
Hi Tram

I have used Krylon plasic spray paint with good results.
If Cactus says it works, it works!

Jun 27, 2007, 01:06 AM
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WOW !!! Great response here! Many thanks !
Mark, unfortunately I've never seen that product in Canada. But the Krylon is available at my friend's paint store across the street from my shop! I've used their water based stuff on my 1st generation Twinstar and it didn't stick very well to the old school foam. But now that I have seen actual proof from Jamie, I feel confident on trying out their oil base primer on my elapor Styro Easystar! (I think Micheals got it on unsale here in Canada . ( BTW JAMIE... NICE PAINT JOB!! ) I've got some Tamiya paint which I like to put over the Krylon primer. (Tamiya has nice WW2 colors) Thanks again everyone for the great response!!!!!

Last edited by JMSTECH; Jun 27, 2007 at 01:14 AM.

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